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Continuous Improvement Manager



Buffalo, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Continuous Improvement Manager

Company – CleanFiber, a High-Growth Green Building Materials Company


Identify strategic opportunities for significant improvements in productivity, efficiency, and operations. Collaboratively develop the strategic objectives to drive continuous improvement through data, analytics, and process/system modifications. Focus on operational efficiencies to improve the organization's profitability through process enhancement, standardization, and change management. Work with and across all levels of the organization to ensure continuous improvement that supports and maintains all assets and systems. Work across all CleanFiber business processes to determine needs, quantify value, define requirements, and improve organizational capabilities aligned with the overarching CleanFiber strategy.

Continuous Improvement Scope:

  • Provide leadership to operational functions to drive productivity with a focus on efficiencies, yield, people capability building and waste elimination opportunities.
  • Acts as a change agent for initiating and leading continuous process improvement.
  • Provide strong operational leadership and foster an operational culture that drives structured, standardized and disciplined execution and performance.
  • Evaluate and challenge current operations and identify strategic opportunities to enhance/modify processes and establish a continuous improvement culture.
  • Work with all functional leaders (EHS, Quality, Cost, Operations, Maintenance, and Technical) to identify gaps and lead the prioritization process to develop site and business critical remediation plans during each business cycle
  • Drive continuous improvement into the culture by educating and coaching plant teams.
  • Advocate Lean Methodologies, Operational Excellence and Six Sigma principles in developing organizational solutions
  • Support and lead business processes through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to drive manufacturing's incremental productivity commitments.
  • Develop and lead routines to drive the measurement of downtime and plans to improve uptime.
  • Develop and lead routines to ensure data accuracy across all aspects of the business.
  • Provide governance for manufacturing measurement policies.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing teams to improve line efficiencies through root cause analysis, efficient troubleshooting and Lean methods.
  • Collaborate with all company functions (i.e. Maintenance, Supply Chain, Warehouse, HR, Engineering, Quality, IT, Planning, etc. ) to ensure customers expectation are met.
  • Provide data analysis regarding line performance and trends for manufacturing (OEE, yield, uptime, reactive downtime etc.) and maintenance.
  • Lead implementation of a comprehensive visual factory to ensure efficient communication across the entire workplace.
  • Collaborate with automation/IT specialists to develop dashboards for manufacturing and maintenance KPIs.
  • Champion change management by building trust through direct engagement, problem solving, and building relationships.
  • Responsible for monthly efficiency reviews with operations and maintenance teams.
  • Promote CI activities, recognize and reward successes and celebrate CI accomplishments.
  • Proactively recommends business solutions through the CI lens and can articulate how continuous improvement tools and process can drive business value
  • Lead problem-solving efforts to improve quality and eliminate waste in all areas. Instill a diplomatic and systematic approach to problem solving.
  • Drive accountability, consistency, efficiency, quality, and process standardization across all aspects of the business.
  • Responsible for development of the long-term Continuous Improvement strategy.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering required. Master's degree preferred.
  • 7-10+ years of related industry experience in progressively increasing roles.
  • Outstanding drive for impact and ability to lead through teaching and coaching
  • Adept at scoping problems, applying statistical techniques, and leading individuals through process improvement and data analytics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to advocate for and present recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Strong analytic and financial acumen. Demonstrated experience in budgeting for a plant’s operation.
  • Creative solutionist with a strategic mindset along with the ability to turn concepts into action.
  • Able to effectively hold people accountable even if in senior or peer relationships.
  • Acts decisively with a proven ability to take on and solve complex problems independently.
  • Proven capabilities in successfully executing projects with teams. Experience of designing remediation plans to address productivity and efficiency issues, then are track and follow through to ensure closure.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of managers, associates and subject matter experts.

We are seeking an individual with these personal attributes:

  • Team Player: We’re looking for team members who contribute as individuals, communicate effectively with other team members, and treat all employees with dignity and respect. We are looking for people who lead by example, make and keep commitments and getting things done every single day, while also helping others succeed and enjoy their jobs.
  • Customer Focus: We need to drive a fanatical devotion to our customers throughout our team, ensuring that every delivery possible is made on time, and that our product maintains the highest quality standards. We need team members who will challenge themselves to do the right thing for the customer, even when it is not easy or convenient.
  • A Natural Problem-Solver: We are seeking an individual capable of working independently and that is self-motivated to identify and address problems as they arise. If you are looking for someone else to tell you what needs to be done, this is not the job for you – we want you to identify problems and then drive solutions, while obviously also listening to input from teammates, superiors, and operators on the shop floor.
  • Enjoys the Work and Sees the Vision: We are seeking a candidate who wants to be in a manufacturing environment and to be an integral part of building a successful company from the ground up. You will join CleanFiber not only for your career and income, but for the adventure of building business, changing the building materials industry, and improving the lives of our employees and customers. You will feel success when the team and our customers are successful.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment due to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience

About CleanFiber:

CleanFiber makes high performance cellulose building insulation from recycled corrugated cardboard boxes, using a unique and patented process. CleanFiber’s proven technology and accelerating business is poised to disrupt a fast-growing segment of the building insulation market, while rapidly building a highly-profitable business.

Cellulose insulation wins customers from fiberglass because of greater energy efficiency, and from foam because of its much lower price point. CleanFiber makes highly efficient cellulose insulation from recycled corrugated boxes, allowing us to challenge incumbent players who are reliant on diminishing supplies of recycled newsprint. With successful execution at our first facility, we believe we are well-positioned to rapidly seize market share on a national scale. We are a game changer!

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $100,00- $125,000