Continuous Improvement Manager

Date: Jul 15, 2021

Location: Grand Terrace, CA, US

Company: Dover Corporation

PSG is a global pump and dispensing solution expert and leading manufacturer of pumps, systems and related flow-control technology for the safe and efficient transfer of critical and valuable fluids and materials. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, USA, PSG is comprised of several world-class brands, including Abaque™, All-Flo, Almatec®, Blackmer®, Ebsray®, EnviroGear®, Griswold®, Hydro Systems, Mouvex®, Neptune™, Quattroflow™ and Wilden®. PSG products are manufactured on three continents, North America, Europe and Asia, in state-of-the-art facilities that practice lean manufacturing and are ISO-certified. PSG is part of the Pumps and Process Solutions segment of Dover Corporation. For additional information on PSG, please visit psgdover.com. PSG: Where Innovation Flows.
We are an organization on the move, always looking for talented and ambitious people with a desire to help us grow our business. We thrive on winning and being number one. PSG offers a unique combination of the both small company atmosphere: with an ownership mindset that allows you to make close-to-the-customer decisions; an innovative approach in seeing beyond what is possible today and entrepreneurial spirit in the pursuit of new opportunities;  combined with benefits of a large company’s scale, tools, career planning and financial strength of Dover. Join PSG, a growing global company where your curiosity, hard work and ambition is rewarded with exceptional career opportunities in a friendly & fast paced environment. Welcome aboard!

PSG is part of the Pumps and Process Solutions segment of the Dover Corporation® (NYSE: DOV). 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. 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.


The Continuous Improvement Specialist is a new strategic position.  He/she will take an active role in the design and implementation of a sound Operations Excellence (OPEXC) Strategy.


The person in this position will coordinate and drive improvement programs and initiatives across the organization by aligning standards and goals of the manufacturing facility.  He/she is a change agent that leads the site and functions to implement standard processes, tools, and systems to achieve high performance.  He/she will support and mentor lean practitioners to ensure they become expert leaders and champions of the PSG Dover Operation Excellence Model. 


The Continuous Improvement Specialist will report directly to Manufacturing Engineering Manager. The position requires the ability to work and communicate with PSG California Leadership Team as well as across all levels, operations and functions including supply chain, operations finance, human resources, engineering, and product management, sales, and marketing.


Education: Bachelor’s degree required in business, engineering or related field. MBA preferred.



  • Lean Enterprise Certification
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt preferred





  • 7 + years of managerial experience leading the areas of OPEXC, lean and/or continuous improvement is required, preferably in an automotive OEM, Tier 1 Supplier or Best-In-Class Organizations.
  • 3+ years of professional experience with focus on operations and supply chain and with industrial
  • engineering knowledge.
  • Previous experience in leading continuous improvement activities in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated success in leading sustained, successful CI transformation. Track record of delivering
  • results.
  • Experience leading improvement projects in a manufacturing environment with proven results.
  • Experience working globally and cross-culturally.
  • Experience leading and developing teams.
  • Experience successfully leading significant change.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Program development, implementation, and change management experience.
  • Solid awareness of operations and business processes.
  • Ability to influence without authority.
  • Patience, perseverance, and passion to drive the OpEx Culture across the plant.
  • Experienced in Value Stream Mapping, PFMEA, Kaizen, 5’S, TPM, and Kanban
  • Able to train and impart knowledge to others and to learn quickly
  • Excellent communication and coaching skills (written and verbal) at all levels from the shop floor to top management (Strong team leader).
  • Ability to think strategically and execute tactically.
  • Proven ability to plan and prioritize work through basic project management skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Analytical thinking with a drive to create innovative solutions for sustainability.
  • Ability to and experience with work cross-culturally.
  • Ability to work/communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Develops collaborative and diverse relationships


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead continuous improvement projects through focused Kaizens to achieve measured results and targeted hard savings.
  • Conduct root cause analysis to eliminate waste, troubleshoot manufacturing and assembly issues, material flow, and informational inputs that may lead to inefficiencies.
  • Provides lean improvement orientation and on-the-job training for teammates and ensures that the responsibilities are defined and understood.
  • Provide insights regarding quantitative and qualitative developments using periodical reports and/or analyses.
  • Identify ongoing lean improvement training needs and assist with developing and implementing the required training.
  • Evaluate and close the project, identify and analyze lessons learned, archive project documents, and hand over the project to customer and/or process owner.
  • Ensure that appropriate safety and ergonomic processes and methods are being utilized.
  • Identify needs relating to improvements in safety/ergonomics and assist in developing and implementing solutions to these issues.
  • Establish metrics to monitor financial savings as compared to established goals and targets.
  • Develop and maintain annual value stream mapping efforts, CI plans, and calendars.
  • Provide support to external customers in support of all operations value-added initiatives.
  • Progress PSG California all the PSG Dover OPEXC journey.
  • Other duties as assigned.



        Limited travel required



Physical Requirements: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee for successful performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to use hands regularly to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, controls and equipment. The employee is required to both see and hear.  The employee must be able to walk, sit and stand. The employee occasionally lifts up to 50 lbs., and occasionally kneels and bends.  

Work Environment: 

The environment is both office and manufacturing. The manufacturing environment is subject to moderate changes in temperature and the employee will be exposed to typical hazards of noise, flying debris, and overhead hazards requiring the use of proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

This position may also require overtime as necessary. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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