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Job Title:  Continuous Improvement Manager

Req ID:  16711
Job Category:  Lean
Country/Region:  US
State:  PA
City:  Sharon Hill
Zip:  19079

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

The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for leading process improvements through the implementation of the STERIS Business System (SBS) in support of lean transformation and sustainment throughout assigned facilities. The CI manager will deliver practical, hands-on training in SBS methodology and tools to eliminate waste in manufacturing and functional support areas.  Will work with/through the Director of Operations/ site leaders/GMs to implement and monitor the effectiveness of Continuous Improvement (both physical and cultural) in all aspects of assigned facilities.

  1. Leads and drives lean transformation and change initiatives to create and sustain world-class, visually managed manufacturing operations site(s) for instantaneous recognition of waste in all areas.
  2. Implements STERIS Business System continuous improvement activities in all major lean disciplines and in alignment with strategic initiatives and objectives.
  3. 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. 
  4. Serves as a change facilitator, develops and collaborates with site lean champions, and influences site leadership in the transformation to and/or in support of a continuous improvement culture.
  5. Develops and manages multiple processes, long and short-term, sustainable, lean-related visual action plans as well as assigned key projects.
  6. Monitors existing and new manufacturing processes for improvement opportunities in safety, quality, delivery, and cost through lean problem-solving methodology.
  7.  Tracks, measures, and reports progress on improvements using visual, standard, established Key Performance Indicators.
  8. Assists in the preparation of budgets, schedules, and other financial reports particularly regarding the impact of and sustaining lean improvements, waste reduction, ROI, and as indicated by lean accounting principles.
  9. Maintain professional and technical knowledge through benchmarking. world class lean manufacturing operations and personal technical training
  10. Organize and facilitate site Lean Steering Committees
  11. Establish and monitor SQDC, 5S, Leader Standard Work and Hr. x Hr boards for compliance to standards and effective utilization
  12. Initiate, maintain and share site developed “best practices”.
Education- cont'd

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, manufacturing, or related technical discipline required. Required 

Required Experience

Lean manufacturing (related) training required, preferably from Shingijutsu or internationally recognized certification body (SME/AME/ASQ/Shingo).

Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated qualified lean manufacturing experience in a leadership role required.


Thorough knowledge and demonstrated understanding of Toyota Production System and methodologies such as: Process Flow Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, 5S/Visual Management, TPM, QCO-SMED, Standard Work, A3 Development and Management, Process Problem Solving and root cause analysis (PDCA), Quality at the Source, Just In Time, Kaizen/Continuous Improvement, abnormality management, Strategy/Policy Deployment, project management, cellular and model line development.


Extensive Gemba based continuous improvement tools/techniques.


Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to integrate safety, ergonomics and 5S requirements within lean manufacturing and practices.


Proficiency with personal computer applications, required (Excel, Word, Visio, MS Project and Power Point).


Superior and demonstrated leadership, team building, communication, presentation, interpersonal, and coaching skills and the ability to ensure accountability.


Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast paced and changing environment with multiple priorities and achieve results.


Ability to interpret manufacturing schematics and blueprints and interface effectively in technical situations.


Ability to mentor and facilitate lean culture development in an environment with varying degrees of acceptance.

Incumbent must exercise independent and group problem solving skills to meet the objectives as assigned along with opportunities captured by lean events and activities.

Preferred Skills/Experience

Toyota Motor Manufacturing or similar Lean experts. Lean Certification or training desirable.


SKB/BPK/MDI/NPD/Six Sigma training and/or experience, desirable.

Experience working with Shingijutsu or similar globally recognized Lean consulting firms

At least one successful lean transformation experience desired, preferably at a “brown field” site.

Bilingual- Vietnamese or Chinese 


STERIS plc is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with more than 12,000 employees worldwide.

STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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