Continous Improvement Lead

Smiths-John Crane • Morton Grove, IL 60053

Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Description

About Us

John Crane ( is a global leader in rotating equipment solutions, supplying engineered technologies and services to process industries. The company designs and manufactures a variety of products including mechanical seals and systems, couplings, filtration systems and predictive digital monitoring technologies. John Crane customer service is accessed through a global network of more than 200 sales and service facilities in over 50 countries. Fiscal year 2017 revenue was greater than 1.1 Billion USD (885m). John Crane is part of Smiths Group (, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications, and engineered components.

Job Description

The purpose of the Continuous Improvement Manager is to drive continuous improvement and operational excellence initiatives throughout the organization.

  • Work with the management team to identify, define and prioritize improvement objectives, define action plans and support implementation and follow up.
  • Provide and implement continuous improvement methods and tools to assist personnel in the improvement of manufacturing and business processes and resolution of issues.
  • Play active leadership role in the development of a world class manufacturing facility, implementing standard work processes, lean manufacturing and decreasing complexity, defects and cycle time
  • Organize, schedule and manage Kaizen events to teach and motivate employees to attain breakthrough improvements, including defect and lead-time reduction.
  • Mentor, coach and train various levels throughout the organization in Lean techniques and John Cranes continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Develop and promote best practice sharing across Smiths Group.
  • Coordinate benchmarking and external analysis (Workshops, company visits, etc.).
  • Support and implement improvements by providing methods of evaluation, tracking and measuring of results.
  • Work closely with Finance to identify and track Continuous Improvement projects and the resulting benefits.
  • Undertake and lead specific projects as designated in support of business objectives
  • Follow all environmental requirements consistent with supporting the companys environmental performance goals.
  • Complete, and actively participate in all of the companys EHS training requirements
  • Other duties as required.
Position Requirements
  • Bachelor degree in Science or Engineering or experience equivalent to a four year college education.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a leadership role in a manufacturing environment.

  • Results oriented, strong analytical skills, and demonstrated process improvement success in managing large teams in a continuous improvement culture.

  • Collaborative Leadership: Willingness to work on the shop floor and lead by example; ability to influence decision making with or without authority, facilitate groups with diverse perspectives and lead teams to reach agreement.
  • Must have a strong understanding of continuous improvement methodologies and techniques such as Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma.
  • Familiar with ISO 9001, API Q1 and ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001
  • Able to manage self and others to achieve challenging targets
  • Strong technical report writing and oral communication required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Must have valid driver license
Physical/Mental Requirements
  • Must be able to sit for extend periods of time; a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Must be able to maneuver to all areas of the office, shop, warehouse, or manufacturing plant
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and carry up to 10 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, reach, kneel, twist, and grip items while working at assigned desk area.
  • Must have the manual dexterity and coordination to operate office equipment.
  • Must be able to simultaneously manage several objectives, changing priorities and reassign priorities to complete assignments.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.
  • Must be able to respond to visual and aural cues.
EHS Requirements
  • Complete all work in a safe manner and follow all safety requirements consistent with supporting the Companys goals.
  • Lifting guidelines in accordance with the Manual Lifting Guidelines noted in the Safety Handbook.
  • Follow all environmental requirements consistent with supporting the companys environmental performance goals.
  • Complete, and actively participate in all other EHS training requirements
Work Environment

Work environment is typically considered within a Smiths location during normal or extended business hours to include offices, manufacturing plants and repair facilities. Work environment may also include customer sites including oil well sites, and meeting venues.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and approved PPE is required when on the factory floor

It is the policy of John Crane to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local LAW. In addition, John Crane will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.



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