O-I Continuous Improvement Manager - Lapel, IN in Lapel, Indiana

Continuous Improvement Manager - Lapel, IN

  • Job ID #:4942

  • Functional Area:Management

  • Position Type:Full-Time Regular

  • Relocation Provided:Yes

  • Location:Lapel, IN

  • Department:Operations/Manufacturing

  • Education Required:Bachelors Degree

  • Experience Required:3 - 5 Years

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Position Description:

Owens-Illinois, Inc., (O-I) is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of pure, sustainable, healthy glass containers for many of the world's most well-known food and beverage brands. We are looking for a motivated, talented individual interested in a manufacturing leadership role with significant growth opportunity to join our organization as a Continuous Improvement Manager in our Lapel, IN facility.


This Continuous Improvement position is accountable for identifying and completing projects and key initiatives through the use of Lean, Six Sigma, and Project Management process improvement methodologies. Working with senior leadership, managers, supervisors, engineering and quality teams to ensure the Continuous Improvement program is deployed effectively ensuring initialization of continuous improvement systems and tools are used and sustained to accelerate business improvement initiatives. They will work closely with the Regional Continuous Improvement leader to identify and drive Lean and Six Sigma initiatives that result in performance and customer satisfaction improvement.


(All other duties as assigned)

  • Develop continuous improvement – lean manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies in the day to day operations

  • Facilitate process improvement teams and provide counsel and assistance to the project team leaders with respect to facilitation techniques, quality systems, continual improvement, people development and safety improvement.

  • Assist in the facilitation of Manufacturing Fundamentals and other, similar, key programs

  • Lead workshops resulting in tangible key performance indicator improvements

  • Deploy the appropriate People / Safety / Quality / Cost / Delivery / Productivity metrics and management routines at all levels of the organization

  • Contribute to strategic planning at the plant level

  • Act as a change agent (leader) to instill a Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement culture on site and in related areas of the company

  • Ensure through audits that tools are appropriately and effectively used

  • Develop and maintain the site’s annual 12-months rolling lean implementation plan based on the strategic plan

  • Develop, manage, and report progress of the lean deployment plan with site management (based on current and future state Value Stream Maps, site performance improvement targets, and Group / Business standards, policies and best practices)

  • Support site management in its strategic planning process and its implementation by taking ownership of relevant projects, that are a subset of the core responsibilities, and by taking a leading role in other programs; e.g. Manufacturing Fundamentals

  • Contribute to the Continuous Improvement network development. Ensure 2-way communication throughout the continuous improvement organization. This includes communicating project status and coordinating activities between the Regional Continuous Improvement leader and other Continuous Improvement leaders. Also, this includes capturing project lessons learned and submitting activity reports.

  • Ensure Lean and Six Sigma principles are appropriately taken into consideration at all stages of the process improvement project

  • Understand all environmental policies and significant environmental impact of job activities

  • Understand all safety policies and significant safety impact of job activities

  • Assist leadership in the planning, development, coordination, support, and execution of high impact (immediate and long term) improvement plans for effective and sustainable cost saving initiatives while making sure lean manufacturing and Six Sigma initiatives are aligned with customer focused metrics.

  • Serve as a business change agent leading process improvement initiatives, process redesign activities/projects which will enable the organization to reach the next level of world class operations by implementing continuous improvement-lean manufacturing practices throughout the plant

  • Work with local financial representative to validate project justification and success when necessary.

  • Promote the use of metrics and data to drive project focus.


This job will be the primary resource of Lean and Six Sigma expertise in the local plant and will lead cross-functional teams through the change process by implementation of lean culture, principles, and tools. The candidate will align with the Regional Continuous Improvement Sr. Leader develop consistency in culture, principles, and tools. The improvements will improve the plants ability to meet customer expectations, improve quality, and reduce cost.

Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree (Business or Engineering preferred)

  • Advanced degree a plus

  • Minimum three years of project facilitation experience

  • Lean manufacturing experience

  • Lean deployment experience preferred

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification required and Black Belt preferred

  • Clear practical and hands-on orientation

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; knowledge and ability to train on methodologies at all levels of the organization

  • Strategic thinker, with clear vision and direction of change management

  • Strong facilitation and interpersonal communication

  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills

  • Proven ability to coach, mentor, and energize team members

  • Deployment of a lean culture: organization, policy deployment, management routines, management control, behavior and visual management

  • A demonstrated understanding of Lean principles such as Value Stream Mapping, Just-In-Time, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, Continuous Improvement Process, Kaizen, SPC, Six Sigma and Communication Tools, and Statistical Problem Solving

  • Thorough understanding of lean tools such as standardized work, 5S, SMED, TPM, Kanban, MIFA, Error Proofing and etc.

  • Thorough understanding of the DMAIC methodology Analytical skills including key statistical methods commonly used in Six Sigma


This position will report directly to the Plant Manager with a dotted line to the Regional Manufacturing Excellence Senior Leader.


10-15% for regional quarterly meetings, training, and etc.

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Must be authorized to work in the country in which you are applying for a position. O-I will not fund or manage the process of obtaining any required work authorization.

About O-I

For more than a century, Owens-Illinois has delivered iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. The company was founded in Ohio by Michael J. Owens when he revolutionized the glassmaking industry with invention of the automatic bottle-making machine in 1903.

Since then, O-I has expanded to nearly every corner of the globe, with 79 plants in 23 countries spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. We are proud to employ 27,000 talented people around the world who display the same ingenuity and passion of our founder. As one of the few companies to be included on the Fortune 500 list every year since it began in 1955, we continue to build on that solid foundation and had revenues of $6.7 billion in 2016.

As a preferred packaging partner for our customers, we provide unmatched expertise in glass container design, engineering, manufacturing, quality and service, using industry-leading technology and best practices. Our employees thrive on using their expertise to help our customers connect with and appeal to consumers. Packaging is the first interaction consumers have with a product, and O-I glass conveys an image of superior quality and protects and preserves the taste of food and beverages. Glass is also the world’s most natural and sustainable package, make from three abundant natural ingredients and 100%, endlessly recyclable.

Working at O-I

At O-I, we know that our people differentiate us from our competitors and make our success possible. So we are committed to fostering an environment that attracts and embraces the brightest minds and creating a culture that welcomes diverse ideas and perspectives while encouraging growth and rewarding performance.

Ask any of our 27,000 employees what unites us, and they'll tell you it's our passion for creating iconic, sustainable, beautiful, brand-building glass packaging. Our employees bring craftsmanship, quality and commitment to the creation of every glass container.

Our culture represents a unique combination of Midwest roots and global perspectives. Our employees around the world represent a range of nationalities, languages, customs and lifestyles. As we have grown, we have welcomed many cultures into our family yet remain one O-I, with values that transcend all geographies: safety, passion, teamwork, integrity, excellence, customer centricity and diversity.

For decades we have provided rewarding, stable jobs to thousands of employees around the world. In addition to good wages, we provide employees with a suite of benefits – including health care, retirement and other country-specific amenities. We also sponsor a comprehensive health and wellness program for our employees, and our training and development programs, along with our scale and footprint, provide significant opportunities for growth.

O-I is proud to support the communities in which our people live and work. Our employees around the world give to their communities through volunteerism and community service, and the company supports a variety of organizations and initiatives that advance education, protect the environment and promote arts and culture.

O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at corp.comm@o-i.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.