Continuous Improvement Engineer
MN - St. Cloud

Opportunity Snapshot
Join the leading U.S. manufacturer of optical lenses and influence processes and corrective actions to optimize production.
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If you're a mechanical or industrial engineer who combines a few years of professional CI experience in a manufacturing environment with the ability to lead and implement standardized processes and continuous improvement initiatives through Lean Six Sigma / WCM methodologies, the role of Continuous Improvement Engineer at our St. Cloud facility offers some compelling advantages. Consider, you will:
  • Play a critical role in driving and meeting objectives including service level achievement, timelines, quality, costs and more.
  • Build strong relationships and enjoy visibility as you work with leadership, other engineers, operators and others on general process improvements.
  • Enjoy strong training with a Master Trainer. Whether you come from a medical, automotive or similar manufacturing background, we'll ensure you have the top-notch training you need to thrive at Essilor.
  • Earn a competitive salary with bonus potential and comprehensive benefits.
  • Be part of a dynamic and engaged team, with great leadership and lots of learning opportunities. In addition, you'll enjoy wide visibility as you work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Highlight your skills and ability to take on additional challenges here in St. Cloud or at locations across North America and the globe. In our high-growth environment, we anticipate additional opportunities for our proven performers, along the Engineering and other paths.
  • Enjoy the stability and resources of a growing global organization -- our recent merger with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry.
Improving Lives By Improving Sight. Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 7,000 people and operates the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the U.S. Essilor of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, and other brands, and our products are worn by one billion people daily. Essilor has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year since 2010.
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Impact role for CI Engineer with strong background in continuous improvement & Lean methodologies.

The Requirements
This role could be a great fit if you're a degreed engineer with 2-3 years of continuous improvement experience in a manufacturing environment.
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To be a strong fit for the role of Continuous Improvement Engineer, you will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering. 
  • 2-3 years of continuous improvement (CI) or similar experience in a manufacturing environment   
  • Lean and continuous improvement knowledge and experience is a must; green belt certification required; black belt preferred  
  • Project management experience with proven ability to establish a clear tracking and reporting system (i.e. on Excel, MS Project, etc.) 
  • Process knowledge with an understanding of customer requirements and basic business practices
  • An understanding of the purpose and application of a variety of continuous improvement tools and processes
  • Training and coaching skills
  • Strong computer skills including:
    • Microsoft Office applications including very strong Excel skills and MS Project
    • Experience with databases and data analysis
    • Analytics software, such as Spotfire
    • or similar CRM
  • Excellent analytical reasoning skills
  • Solid presentation skills
  • Ability to travel 5% - 10% for training, and to work with peers at other plants (e.g. sharing best practices, benchmarking, etc.)
In addition, you will need the following core competencies and characteristics:
  • Ability to influence without having direct authority
  • A hands-on approach with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive a dynamic, fast-growth environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • A positive, team-oriented attitude
You will primarily work during the day but will flex your hours as needed to address problems that arise on the second or third shifts. You'll always follow and address issues wherever and whenever they occur in order to find solutions. 
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The Role
Leverage your Lean background and personable approach to influence and drive improvements.
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Opportunity Overview
Reporting to the CI Director, as Continuous Improvement Engineer, you will be responsible for analyzing general procedures and driving CI initiatives to meet performance metrics. You will work with people and processes throughout the two St. Cloud facilities (within walking distance of each other). You'll review the KPIs and financials of each project with Finance, and maintain a procedure-oriented mindset, leveraging Lean methodologies to standardize processes and implement improvements. You will serve as a visible presence on the floor, beginning with one project and ramping up once you are acclimated. 

Role Details
As our CI Engineer, you will establish a clear system, leveraging software such as MS Project, Excel, etc., to track and report the status of all projects, and maintain a dynamic list of new ideas. You will collect ideas from a variety of stakeholders, including leadership, vendors, operators, Quality and customers, to build the list of ideas, then benchmark them with other projects and establish priorities. 

Specifically, you will:
  • Manage operations projects and work with the lab areas including productivity improvement, Kaizen events, waste reduction, improvement yields, 6S, Standard work instruction development, and total cost of quality initiatives
  • Drive standardization and sustainability before/after any new implementation or change by:
    • Leading a weekly meeting with leadership to discuss the changes in advance of implementation
    • Confirming all documentation (e.g. procedures/SOPs, checklists, visual aids) is finalized and effective
    • Auditing all changes and new processes to ensure adherence to standards and make changes to start corrective actions based on the results of the audit(s)
  • Educate and coach company personnel on Lean concepts, tools and methods  
  • Assist in the development of requirements for Spotfire and and training for laboratory personnel
  • Issue weekly metrics, analyze gaps, develop action plans based on data collection
  • Assist in new equipment deployment and necessary training on new processes
  • Maintain consistency in processes
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives through required documentation
  • Ensure that the defined methodology is followed using standardized reporting for benchmarking, communication, and project management
  • Support and provide direction for CI projects as requested by management
The Labs
Between the two labs, we have 560 employees and process 13,000 orders per day. These are comprehensive labs covering all required optical processes -- coating surfacing and finishing. You will support CI projects for both labs. We run 3 shifts, 5 days per week, with occasional overflow to the weekend.

Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
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Why Essilor of America
More great reasons to join us.
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Great environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart and mutually supportive professionals. Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the company has been innovating both technologically and to solve problems for 170 years. You'll also learn the cultural nuances of working for a company based in another country, if that's new to you.

Great place to live
In St. Cloud, we enjoy the amenities of a larger city alongside the peace and sense of community of a smaller city. With a cost of living that is lower than the national average, strong schools and a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities from hockey at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to the Beaver Islands trail, you can make a great life in St. Cloud.

Truly living our values
At Essilor, we believe everyone deserves to see life and all its detail with the best vision possible. That's why, in addition to designing, manufacturing and distributing quality vision care solutions worldwide, we invest in raising awareness of the importance of good vision, support eyecare professionals, invent new technologies and products, and support philanthropic initiatives. For example, the Essilor Vision Foundation partners with schools, eye doctors, and communities to provide eye exams and glasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also are committed to robust standards for environmental sustainability. These are just a couple of reasons we were one of the 52 companies named to Fortune magazine's 2019 Change the World list.

Excellent compensation
In addition to competitive compensation and bonus potential, we offer an exceptional mix of first-rate benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans; a 401(k) plan with company match; tuition reimbursement; comprehensive training through Essilor University; lens and frame benefits for you and your family; an employee stock purchase plan with company match; and more.
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Keys to Success
Your analytical skills and knowledge of Lean will be paramount, but just as important will be your ability to work effectively, coach and train employees across multiple levels and titles throughout the facility.
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To be successful in this role, you'll need a fully rounded skill-set. Your interpersonal, communication and influencing skills will be just as important as your engineering and Lean manufacturing expertise. While you won't have direct reports, you will leverage strong leadership finesse to drive Lean / continuous improvement initiatives. In many cases, you will help drive change, and you will need to be able to partner with, influence and motivate others to get on board. In addition, in order to be an outstanding Continuous Improvement Engineer, you will:
  • Manage multiple activities and priorities effectively in our fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Combine analytical thinking with creativity in solving problems
  • Achieve goals independently and also contribute as a team player
  • Pay close attention to details while also grasping the big picture and how the details fit into it
  • Remain flexible and adaptable as priorities change
  • Bring safety awareness to all that you do
  • Bring a positive, upbeat approach to your interactions
  • Demonstrate professionalism and strong speaking and presentation skills.
We're looking for a self-motivated professional who is eager to take on new challenges and has the drive to own his/her role and make an impact. If that describes you, and you meet our minimum requirements, we look forward to hearing from you.
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Essilor of America, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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