Continuous Improvement Engineer

Ref No. BHN531325
Location Burnley, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open


Our client, an Aerospace manufacturing company based in Burnley, is calling out for a Continuous Improvement Engineer to work on a FTC basis.


This is a Fixed-Term Contract, however chance to go permanent is available.

The Job

Job Description
The Junior Progress business partner position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units.
The position serves as a consultant to management on continuous improvement-related topics. The position will also include the support to complex projects within the designated business area. It will also include the support to the Risk Management process.

Improvement through Business Partnership

* Prepare & support the annual strategy seminar within the unit according to the process in
order to define the improvement for the next year/s to come
* To partner with specific business areas to create an Operational Excellence plan which
delivers a lean based continuous improvement capability
* Align & prioritise lean/Progress initiatives & project objectives for the business area ensuring
there is no overlap or conflict of local improvements with wider transformational objectives
* Work with functional leaders, to deliver & report progress of the Operational Excellence plan
consisting of a portfolio of process foundation & improvement activities
* Run 'events & workshops' to establish & embed lean flow cells to promote problem solving & learning capabilities

Delivery of Tangible, Sustained Improvement
* Oversee the co-ordination of projects within the unit & adopt a Project Management O approach to management & delivery to ensure sustainability in the long term
* Deliver a success-based Operational Excellence scorecard which provides visual management & tracking of continuous improvement projects ongoing within the unit
* Work with vertical functional leaders to establish continuous improvement goals & act as a liaison with finance to build improvement budgets & validate actual improvement results
* Scope, plan & coach Green/Black Belts with Lean Six Sigma project based improvement when appropriate
* Deliver tangible performance improvements of key value chains measured through process
KPIs, increased value to the customer & employees through a reduction in non-value add activities & variability in the process
* Deliver complex projects within the business unit as and when required.

Coaching & Mentoring
* Train, coach & mentor business unit & operational teams to assure understanding & acceptance of continuous improvements, lean processes, best practices & tools
* Effect change by influencing operational teams to adopt lean concepts such as 5s, QRQC, A3, PDCA, standard work, DMAIC, problem solving, visual management & the creation of lean flow cells in their daily work
* Gain buy-in of senior leaders & support them through the stages of maturity & effectiveness as their teams learn new ways of working & understand how to apply continuous improvement tools & techniques.

Progress Framework

  • Identification of cross functional projects designed to deliver significant financial value
  • Working with the analytic functions to determine where best to deploy improvement activity
  • Developing concepts with the business unit so that the projects can be successfully implemented
  • Establish process ownership & management through a competency framework which embeds continuous improvement as a core capability


  • Prior experience working in a project management/continuous improvement function
  • Strong leadership skills & ability to lead direct & indirect teams (matrix management)
  • Ability to navigate through challenging situations, to reach collaborative solutions
  • Proven record of delivering sustained business improvements in operational environments
  • Understanding & use of data to drive informed decisions for process measurement systems
  • The ability to test/challenge current thinking & formulate new practices/policies.
  • Hands on training & coaching of individuals & teams from senior leaders to team members
  • Experience of working with risk management framework
  • Experience of working with quality standards in an aerospace or automotive environment
  • Demonstrable professional credibility & solid ethics, evidenced by experience of sound judgement & decision-making
  • Ability to present with impact & sell the benefits of improvement

Maia Bowring
manages this role


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