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Director of Continuous Improvement

Special-Lite, Inc.
Job Description

Special-Lite manufactures engineered architectural products, which includes commercial entrance systems, interior aluminum (Type II) framing with swing or sliding aluminum framed doors, and FRP restroom partitions. Our interior and exterior complete entrance system products are fiberglass or aluminum flush doors with many door face texture options including wood grain, aluminum monumental (stile & rail) doors, fiberglass and aluminum framing. Our engineered, made to order architectural products are used in new construction and renovation projects for educational, commercial, institutional, industrial and municipal applications. The company was founded in 1971 and pioneered the use of fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) material for door skins in the early 1980's, and today is the largest volume producer of commercial FRP doors in the United States. 

Position Summary: The Director of Continuous Improvement has the general responsibility for improving company processes including Production, Quality, Business Process and Design/Development across a multi-plant environment. The position is responsible for the training and development of the company in Lean Techniques in all disciplines.

Essential Functions: A qualified individual with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Supervise and develop CI Department employees assigned
  • Planning and Execute of Annual/Quarterly/Monthly CI activities including Kaizen Planning & Schedule and SISS Program
  • Analyze and understand operational Data to identify target areas for improvement
  • Facilitates manufacturing, logistics, and business process kaizen events
  • Develop, update, and own the continuous improvement processes, metrics, and any associated tools
  • Participates in tactical planning for the continuous improvement work to be done in concert with Operations Manager and leadership.
  • Contributes to the development and promotion of standard work and production basics across the organization
  • Uses knowledge of waste elimination tools and techniques to identify clinical and operational opportunities for improvement
  • Responsible for proposing and managing projects including tracking costs, assessing resources, and achieving deadline requirements.
  • Perform process mapping and value stream analysis for the manufacturing plant and other key business processes
  • Understands and supports training of the Lean Production System
  • Understands and makes corrective action derived from OEE performance
  • Improves manufacturing layouts and researches options for process and product flow.
  • Performs time studies and equipment utilization studies.
  • Assists manufacturing with difficult troubleshooting problems on production equipment.
  • Supports investigation and implementation of counter measures to any internal and external quality or safety concerns.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 7 - 10 years of technical manufacturing processing or manufacturing engineering experience.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Lean / Six Sigma Training
  • CAD knowledge a plus
  • Must complete New Employee Orientation and Quality Systems Overview training in addition to any training identified by department management.
  • Previous experience in the door, hardware or construction industries is beneficial.
  • Excellent communication skills, multi-tasking, project management and/or project coordination experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet challenging and competing deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and nurture strong, productive relationships with all levels within the organization, respecting established processes and fostering an environment of mutual respect.
  • Excellent attention to detail in all aspects of assigned work.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and carry-out instructions in written, oral and diagram form.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate office equipment, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Frequently required to talk and hear.
  • Frequently required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Required to occasionally stand and walk.
  • Occasionally required to lift, push, pull and/or move up to 10-pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment:

  • Safety glasses and protective foot wear is required on the production floor at all times.
  • Hearing protection is required in designated areas.
  • Occasionally subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electric current and exposure to heat and chemicals.
  • Occasionally subject to conditions including one or more of the following that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, or poor ventilation.
  • Occasionally exposed to cold, hot, wet and/or humid shop conditions.


  • Retirement and Savings Plan and Trust – 401(k)
  • Performance Incentive Plan
  • Christmas Bonus
  • Safety Equipment Provided
  • Shop Uniforms Provided
  • Paid Vacation
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Personal Time Off
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Jury Duty Leave
  • Benefits Continuation (COBRA)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Plan
  • Health Insurance – Medical/Prescription/Dental Coverage
  • Life and AD&D Insurance Coverage
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Medical and Dependent Care
  • Direct Deposit
  • Employee Assistance Program, providing voluntary, professional counseling and referral services to employees and dependents
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