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Job Title:  Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer

Req ID:  32540
Job Category:  Lean

Des Plaines, IL, US, 60018


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

Leads the implementation of lean principles tools, systems, and behaviors throughout the organization. Works with  stakeholders to identify and facilitate key projects that will improve safety, quality, cycle and lead time, and provide the optimum benefits to the business through waste reduction. Trains teams in lean manufacturing tools and systems such as Kanban, Value Stream Mapping,5S, Visual Management and Kaizen. Manages project activities including communication,  timeline, meeting facilitation, data gathering and  processing, solution implementation and follow-up.


  • Perform hands-on execution of Lean transformation projects.
  • Progressively apply advanced Lean principles, techniques, methods, and tools (Shingijutsu).
  • Deliver Lean curriculum per the Lean Course Catalog. Conduct in-person training ranging from orientation to problem solving to lean principles and tools.
  • Facilitate Kaizen events; monitor and measure to ensure sustainment of results. Provide guidance to stakeholders on Lean tools and principles including set-up reduction, standardized work, value stream mapping, and problem solving.
  • Monitors and oversees Kaizen event follow up activities.
  • Estimate production or process times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions including Capital Expenditure requests.
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis. Maintains records of Kaizen event metrics.
  • Complete Capital Appropriation Requests, provide input into organization budget planning.
  • Maintains current knowledge and serves as a technical expert in Lean tools and principles including set-up reduction, standard work, value stream mapping, A3 problem solving, etc.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5 plus years working in CI capacity with lean principle applications
  • Experience in a similar related industry/work environment (e.g. manufacturing, service, distribution, etc.)
  • Demonstrated application of lean tools.
  • Demonstrated passion for continuous improvement.
  • Supervisory skills, demonstrated business acumen.
  • Demonstrated effective skills: organization, logic/reasoning, interpersonal, communication (oral and written), accuracy and detail.
  • Bronze certification from AME/SME or the ability to certify within 6 months in role.



STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  32540
Job Category:  Lean

Des Plaines, IL, US, 60018

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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