Continuous Improvement Lead Production Supervisor, Heil Environmental

Date: Mar 21, 2021

Location: Fort Payne, AL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Environmental Solutions Group encompasses industry-leading brands — Heil Environmental, Marathon, Bayne, The Curotto-Can, 3rd Eye, and Soft-Pak — to create a premier, fully integrated equipment group serving the solid waste and recycling industry. Through extensive voice-of-customer outreach, in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities, a wide-reaching service network, and proven industry expertise, Environmental Solutions Group is focused on solving customer problems through environmentally responsible products and providing world-class support.  For more information, visit www.doveresg.com.


ESG is a Dover Corporation operating company. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of over 23,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at dovercorporation.com.



Operating Company: Environmental Solutions Group – Heil Environmental

Location: Fort Payne, AL                                                          

Reports To: Process Manager, Operations

Department: Operations



The Continuous Improvement Lead / Production Supervisor is a Continuous Improvement role with the intention of transitioning into a full-time Production Supervisor role after 6-12 months.  As Continuous Improvement Lead, this role will assist Production Supervisors and Team Leaders in driving targeted performance improvement projects by facilitating Kaizen Events and Just-Do-It improvements in 5S, Visual Management, Standard Work, and Problem Solving.  Learning, teaching, listening, facilitating and hands-on participating are the keys to success in this role.  Later, as Production Supervisor, this role will take leadership responsibility for a team of 30-50 Team Members, ensuring manufacturing operations function effectively and efficiently, implementing and driving process improvements, and coaching and managing Team Member performance.



  • Drive safety and environmental compliance.
  • Partner with Production Supervisors to investigate incidents and initiate root cause corrective actions.
  • Drive quality improvements at the department level.  
  • Work with Supervisors and Team Leaders to identify and prioritize Continuous Improvement activities in their areas.  Work directly with Team Leaders and Team Members to rapidly implement improvements via projects, Kaizen Events, and Just-Do-Its.
  • Educate, coach, motivate, and mentor Team Members to transfer Lean skills and establish an engaged Continuous Improvement culture.
  • Engage team members in collaborative problem solving.
  • Successfully manage Kaizen Events and projects along with resources and deliverables.
  • Provide leadership direction and support to generate the expected results with the site, organization, supplier and customer.  
  • Regularly provide project status updates to stakeholders and team members.
  • Rotate to a Production Supervisor role after six to twelve months in the CI role.
  • Maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and integrity.
  • Assist with other strategic projects and duties as assigned.




  • Experience (3-5 years) in leading Kaizen Events and implementing Lean techniques such as 5S, Visual Management, Standard Work, Problem-Solving, Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), and Pull Systems, preferably in a high-mix, low volume environment.    
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Business, Engineering, Supply Chain, or other applicable degree) is preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Previous Supervisor or Team Leader equivalent experience required.
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Travel will be less than 10%.
  • Must be flexible to work either day or night shifts and open to weekend work.
  • Coach, mentor and provide leadership to all team members.  Supervisor must possess good people skills resulting in treating employees with respect while dealing with them in a firm, fair, consistent manner.
  • Must have good organizational skills and be a good delegator.
  • Must possess thorough understanding of complex machine tools; read and understand complex blueprints, specifications, electrical schematics and instructions, and operate welding machines.
  • Requires ability to read, comprehend and follow complicated verbal instructions, use planning skills to organize work processes and be able to communicate effectively with his/her team and internal/external customers. 
  • Requires ability to follow verbal instructions and to communicate with outside sources and internal departments in person and via telephone. Requires the ability to read written instructions, correspondence and other documentation, observe machinery and drawings, as well as operate office equipment such as computers (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and printers. 
  • Uses color and depth perception to check for product quality problems. 
  • Requires capability of performing essential job functions in plant environments with the presence of dust, fumes, noise, and fluctuating temperatures due to lack of climate control.
  • Requires walking and standing approximately 80%, sitting approximately 20% and lifting up to 40 pounds approximately 5% of time; involves some repetitive overhead work 5% of time; involves repetitive stooping, and forward bending and crouching approximately 5% of time.  Requires the ability to engage in repetitive lifting; operation of general hand tools, computers, copy machine, other general office equipment, and to record written information.


Desired Characteristics:

  • High level of integrity, strong initiative, ability to get agreement/buy-in, and a team-oriented work ethic.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced matrix environment, multi-task and prioritize work based on business needs.
  • Ability to use systematic, disciplined and data driven methods that get to root causes, in order to solve problems and analyze and improve processes.



Change Leadership

Motivates and Inspires

Results Driven



Ethics and Work Standards: Maintain the highest ethical and work standards, while promoting the same attributes in co-workers and others.  Ensure that all business activities – with both internal and external customers – to be performed with a professional demeanor and that all participants be held accountable to this high standard.

Communication:  Expresses thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing, using good grammar. Presents concise, well organized reports in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  Listens to understand input, feedback and concerns.  Provides complete information in an open, honest and straightforward manner.  Responds promptly and positively to questions and requests.

Teamwork and Relationships:  Works with other employees willingly and in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.  Supports cooperation.  Demonstrates a commitment to the entire business and is supportive of all initiatives (company and departmental) to help grow Environmental Solutions Group business in the United States and abroad.  Cooperates fully with others to achieve organizational goals. Is tactful, courteous, and considerate.  Embraces a positive outlook.  Is respected and trusted by others.

Continual Improvement and Problem Resolution: Identifies and communicates suggestions for work improvements.  Uses technical and analytical abilities to assure existing work practices are the most efficient and cost effective possible. Performs root-cause analysis and implements viable, permanent solutions to problems.  Works with both internal and external customers to develop solutions which meet company-wide needs and objectives.  Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems or creates opportunities that will increase productivity and create value.  Shares best practices with other employees across the business.

Accountability:  Accepts responsibility and accessibility for both the strategic planning and the successful implementation of all projects, programs, and duties as outlined in this job description. Advises supervisor of concerns, problems and progress of work in a timely manner.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Alabama : Fort Payne

Sub Division : Heil

Job Requisition ID : 33981

Nearest Major Market: Fort Payne

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