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Job Title:  Continuous Improvement Manager

Req ID:  31594
Job Category:  Lean

Fidenza, MO, IT, 43036


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

Drive operational excellence through continuous improvement program initiatives and deployments. The CI Manager will utilize lean implementation strategies and experiences in leading the organization through the lean transformation journey.  The CI Manager will plan, organize, and implement established STERIS Continuous Improvement methods, practices, and tools for more efficient and effective processes. The incumbent will take a hands-on, collaborative, action-oriented approach to build support for change and transformation while leading, training, developing, motivating, and coaching the team in the development of a lean culture.


  • Leads and drives lean transformation and change initiatives to create and sustain world-class, visually managed processes for instantaneous recognition of wastes in all areas
  • Implements CI/Lean methods to drive improvement in alignment with strategic goals and objectives
  • Facilitates and/or conducts lean training programs, Kaizen events, and other lean initiatives. Assesses, coaches, and provides constructive feedback to teams to strengthen lean competencies at the site
  • Serves as a change facilitator, develops and collaborates with site/area lean champions and/or business leaders and influences site leadership in the transformation to and in support of a continuous improvement culture
  • Develops and manages multiple processes, long and short-term, sustainable, lean-related visual action plans as well as assigned key projects
  • Monitors existing and new processes for improvement opportunities in safety, quality, delivery, and cost through lean problem solving methodology and takes appropriate follow-up action
  • Tracks, measures, and reports progress on improvements using standard, established KPI’s
  • Establishes and monitors core CI/lean systems such as: SQDC, 5S, Standard Work, and Leader Standard Work for compliance to standards and effective utilization
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets, schedules, and other financial reports regarding the impact of sustaining CI/lean improvements, waste reduction, and ROI, as indicated by lean accounting principles.  Provides input to Capital Equipment Requests relative to CI/Lean projects
  • Organize and facilitate site Lean Steering Committee
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge through benchmarking world-class lean organizations and personal CI/Lean related training
  • Other assigned duties


Duties - cont'd

Education Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, Data Analysis, or Related Technical Field
  • 2-3 years of experience in a leadership role
  • Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of a variety of lean tools 
  • Knowledge of demonstrated ability to integrate safety, ergonomics and 5S requirements within CI/ lean and practices
  • Preferred Lean certification from a recognized independent technical organization
  • Ability to manage priorities for limited multi-site responsibility
  • Experience in working within a matrix environment reporting to Lean organization and taking local direction from Site Director
  • Knowledge and use of Lean, data analysis, and project management tools
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong ability to influence team members to shift to continuous improvement methods
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to lead and develop team members
  • Presentation skills
  • Proficient with MS Office
  • Travel up to 25-50% of the time


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.

STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Req ID:  31594
Job Category:  Lean

Fidenza, MO, IT, 43036

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