Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Location US-OR-Riddle
# of Openings
Direct Hire


Allied Reliability Group is seeking an experienced Continuous Improvement Manager for a Direct Hire position in the Riddle, OR area!


Allied Reliability is assisting a privately owned company and one of North America's leading producers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and thermally fused laminates. They also manufacture softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and I-joists. The company owns and sustainably manages more than 600,000 acres of timberland in Oregon, North Carolina and Virginia, as well as an export wood chip terminal facility in Coos Bay, Ore. Thier products are shipped throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.



Works at the Leadership level in the Plant Organization to help assure the following are happening:  goal setting, systems are optimized, material usage improves, quality improvement, and costs are lowered.  Leads the effort of improving visual management systems to help monitor performance and improvement.


  • Key Responsibilities

    • Work closely with plant personnel on department performance indicators (DPI) data capture and reporting
    • Understand DPI’s to deliver improved performance and lesson variation
    • Works closely with the Operations Team in developing a 3 to 5 year vision for improvements
    • Maintain and improve Visual Management system and tools for plant personnel to monitor performance
    • Work with plant PLC programmers  to improve process performance and data capture
    • Assist team members in the delivery of focused action items to continuously improve plant performance
    • Drive a team-focused continuous improvement mindset throughout the organization
    • Assist in the delivery of design of experiments (DOE) and analyze associated trials conducted on processes to determine ways to reduce variation and cost
    • Provide assistance in implementing process changes (new equipment, new processes and projects) while maintaining performance expectations
    • Use SPC tools as the organization has the capacity to accept them
    • Drive for root cause analysis tools/methods to be used by the Leadership Team in problem solving and failure analysis
    • Facilitate cross functional teams to develop and implement solutions
    • Manage new product development or product improvement
    • Models Company core value







  • Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering Field, Business, Statistics, Math, or related Fields or a minimum five years of experience in a manufacturing environment in this type role
    • Excellent problem solving and investigation skills with a focus on root cause analysis and development of sustainable corrective actions
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal and electronic communication skills
    • Strong teaching, coaching, and facilitation skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively and build trust in relationships at all levels of the company
    • Ability to work in a highly functional team environment
    • Proficiency in Word and Excel, particularly proficient in spreadsheet development and use
    • Good understanding of statistical analysis and proper sampling techniques
    • Good problem solving and investigation skills with a focus on root cause analysis and development of sustainable corrective actions
    • Ability to conduct activities in a safe and professional manner
    • Demonstrated understanding of business goals and the importance of how the job supports these goals
    • Ability to analyze, interpret, and present data in to actionable information


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of lean management principles
    • BS Degree in Industrial or Chemical Engineering






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