Continuous Improvement Specialist (Forestry, Logging & Mill Operations)

Full Time

  The Westervelt Company

  Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

At The Westervelt Company, we are stewards of the land. We believe in sustainable management, conservation and protection of our natural resources. We are committed to our core values of ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees, providing the highest quality products and services for our customers, and developing long-lasting relationships in the communities where we live and work.

We are searching for an experienced  Continuous Improvement Specialist  at our Corporate Headquarters facility in  Tuscaloosa, AL.

The Continuous Improvement Specialist's primary role is that of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is responsible for overseeing assigned process improvement activities & projects.  Project opportunities are identified by a Continuous Improvement Steering Committee.  The Continuous Improvement Specialist is responsible for defining the scope of a problem, gathering data to establish the baseline performance, identifying appropriate process metrics, identifying various factors that relate to outcomes, using statistical tools to perform root cause analysis, developing potential solutions to root causes and working with Process Stakeholders to implement corrective action and control plans.  The Continuous Improvement Specialist will be responsible for training associates in Lean Six Sigma DMAIC principles, mentoring and developing Green Belt and Yellow Belt skill sets, and providing oversight for active Green Belt projects.

Duties Include:

- Assist in identification & scoping of improvement project opportunities.
- Lead process improvement projects & teams using the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.
- Develop & implement data collection plans and track data metrics for process improvement initiatives.
- Assist stakeholders in the development and implementation of process metrics.
- Mentor and coach others in the use and application of Lean Six Sigma tools.
- Lead and conduct Lean events.
- Develop, assist and utilize Lean Six Sigma Green Belts in execution of projects.
- Assist Stakeholders in the implementation of selected continuous improvement projects.
- Provide assistance in the utilization of Minitab and the interpretation of results.
- Achieve annual targeted project savings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or other technical field applicable to wood products
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
  • 5-7 years relevant business experience
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Above average presentation skills
  • Ability to form & work with teams of varying education backgrounds and skill levels
  • Ability to understand, utilize and teach statistical tools
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent follow up & analytical skills
  • Ability to influence and motivate others
  • Forest Products industry experience is preferred
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