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Hitachi Cable America, Manchester NH

Continuous Improvement Engineer


Department: Performance Cables
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Classification: Exempt
Reports to:Continuous Improvement Manager

Position Summary:

The Continuous Improvement Engineer conducts continuous improvement activities to eliminate waste, improve setup times, improve production flow and other similar processes through the implementation of lean principles and standardized tools to support manufacturing and engineering teams. This position prepares for and executes Kaizen events and continuous improvement projects.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position reports directly to the Continuous Improvement Manager and will assist in leading and executing hands-on continuous improvement projects across shop floor.
  • Ability to influence other team members without direct authority across all departments in to be able to implement improvements and sustain results.
  • Experienced with facilitating improvements by using problem-solving tools and methods such as Pareto analysis, Fishbone Diagram, Cause and Effect analysis
  • Perform project work in support of the implementation of Lean principles.
  • Assist/Lead and participate in the preparation of events including, but not limited to, Kaizen events, follow-up to events, and event audits.
  • Participate in the creation of a Lean work environment through the development of workstations, SOP’s, and workplace organization needs.
  • Use knowledge of Lean principles to assist with a Lean training program to get others to better understand these principles.
  • Train and mentor team members on Lean principles and practices.
  • Lead 5S audits across the plant and improve overall 5S and visual factory.
  • Support in developing and implementing visual controls.
  • Develop and implement "Pull System" through the shop floor to align with business objectives.
  • Knowledge in manufacturing processes.

Core Competencies:

  • Attention to detail necessary.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of formal problem-solving methods.
  • Provide effective training as needed or required.
  • Ability to meet time sensitive deadlines.
  • Respond to shifting priorities in a cooperative manner.
  • Proficient computer skills utilizing Microsoft Excel and Word, and customized programs.
  • Reading, writing, and comprehension skills in English.
  • Must have a friendly and supportive attitude, strong work ethic, and team-player mindset.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position is not responsible for the oversight or performance management of other employees.

Physical Demands:

  • Finger dexterity and hand/eye coordination for operation of office equipment, including PC.
  • Sitting and standing for periods of time, working at a desk in both office and lab environment.
  • Light lifting, carrying of files and supplies, ability to move, or lift up to 30 lbs. of objects and/or materials.
  • Ability to speak and hear customers, suppliers, and or other employees via phone or in person.
  • Body motor skills sufficient to move from one office location to another throughout plan.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. The typical hours are 7AM-3PM.


Little to no travel is expected for this position.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (Associates degree preferred).
  • Must have at least 2 years of shop floor manufacturing experience.
  • Experience in Lean/CI, Quality, and/or Supervision is preferred.
  • Experience and working knowledge of Lean/CI tools and processes (Standard Work, 5S, Visual Controls, Pull System, etc.) preferred.
  • Understanding of lean methodologies.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

An Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer

Provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. As a Federal Contractor, we encourage priority referral of protected veterans under VEVRAA.