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Job ID:  40532
Date:  Jan 8, 2021
Job function:  Quality, SHE & Security
Experience level:  Experienced Hire
Business:  DSM Engineering Materials

Site Continuous Improvement Leader - Evansville, IN

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™


Royal DSM is a purpose-led global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative business solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.


The Challenge
The role of the Site Continuous Improvement Leader is to execute onsite lean 6-sigma manufacturing strategy by identifying and implementing short, mid-term and long-term continuous improvement initiatives both technically and organizationally.  The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively manage multiple complex tasks across multiple functional areas ie. Production, maintenance, QA and site logistics.  You will be tasked with  planning and scheduling activities to routinely meet cost and schedule parameters. Change management is critical for the continued success . Passion/stamina for continuous improvement both organizationally and technically is essential. 

The Position
Key areas of accountability/responsibility:
•    Develop and continuously refine the lean 6 sigma manufacturing program throughout DSM Engineering Plastics (DEP) America.
•    Expand the 5S program. Own the program as a foundational program for all lean improvement activities.
•    Utilize DMAIC methods to close business performance gaps.
•    Measure, document, and communicate progress towards meeting objectives relayed to lean practices and programs.
•    Provide needed oversight and training in the area of lean manufacturing: philosophy, tools, techniques and continuous improvement practices.
•    Propose, plan and manage Kaizen events
•    Assist the Site Director through measuring and monitoring production activities, data analysis, trend identification and establishment of projects that drive continuous improvement.
•    Adhere to the DSM Life Savings Rules and all other site safety requirements.
•    Effectively pass on knowledge of lean and 6 sigma continuous improvements to others through classroom training and practical application.  Facilitate the establishment of High performance/Self Directing teams.

The Ideal
•    Bachelor’s degree in engineering or similar discipline, preferred; Equivalent work experience accepted in lieu of degree; 
•    Must have at least 3 years of experience in embedding lean and continuous improvement programs within a manufacturing environment
•    Six Sigma certification required;  Black belt certification a strong plus
•    Experience with polymer and compounding technology preferred
•    Must demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations involving diverse data
•    High energy self -directed individual 
•    Able to challenge status quo
•    Must be able to successfully develop “value add ‘‘processes throughout the Operations organization down to the shop floor by relationship building/influencing all functions on the site.

The Reward
Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improve people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.


Procedure & Contact
Interested in this position? Please apply online via the career portal (https://jobs.dsm.com/)
Pre-employment screening procedures are part of the DSM Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when further information is required.


About DSM Engineering Materials in Evansville, IN
As a global supplier of high-performance plastics, DSM has built global leadership positions in a wide variety of industries by designing and developing better, smarter, stronger, safer, smaller, lighter, longer-lasting or more sustainable solutions. Our dedicated teams of industry-experts, scientists and engineers work closely together with our customers to find ways to realize the impossible, 24/7 and across the globe.
DSM is futureproofing and expanding the capacity of its high-performance materials compounding plant in Evansville, IN. The extensive modernization and expansion of the site is being driven by increasing customer demand for advanced material solutions for electrification, metal replacement and light-weighting in multiple industries.  It includes the addition of the latest state-of-the-art production technologies, increasing efficiency and sustainability throughout the facility



Royal DSM is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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