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Continuous Improvement Leader Americas Region Job


Cary, NC, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Maintenance
Posting Date:  Oct 24, 2021

The Continuous Improvement Leader – Global Coordinator reports directly to the CSP Manufacturing Excellence Director and holds a key strategic position in the Arkema Group Level Continuous Improvement network.  This role does not have any direct reports. 




  • This leadership position is responsible for the implementation and management of all aspects of operational excellence for the Arkema Coating Resins (ACR) Business and serve as the Master Black Belt for the CSP platform.  There is a regional leadership aspect of this position to lead CI within the Americas region.
  • This role will establish a project governance framework for portfolio management that positively impacts variable and fixed costs related to manufacturing efficiency, yield, quality, productivity, reliability and energy improvement programs.
  • The role of this position is to act as a strong change leader, Subject Matter Expert (SME) to drive the training, mentoring, coaching and development of common tools and methods which will ultimately support all plant based improvement efforts. Collaborate with the Global CSP Platform to deliver results on key program initiatives and drive best practice sharing across all business units.






  • Manages all aspects of the Operational Excellence Project Portfolio from idea generation, business case development, data analysis, implementation and sustainment of improvement projects to meet business level goals. Track, measure, document, and benchmark plant projects as well as coordinate the financial reporting/metrics. Collaborate with organizational leaders and teams outside of the platform to design, integrate and/or refine business specific process improvements initiatives (i.e. SMART, Quimeo, PowerBI, Aspen, VIS).
  • Directs performance cycle management and establishes annual site level goals for manufacturing facilities ensuring aligning to business strategy. Responsible for data collection and analysis of business level metrics and implementing actions to deliver on business targets. Drive the process improvement financial cycle from budget preparation to monthly reporting. Communicate effectively with executives and functional leaders across manufacturing sites, business units regarding status and direction of the programs under the direction of this role.
  • Develops standardized processes and implement tools for Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing for use across the manufacturing sites. Develop and lead processes for change management associated with Lean Six Sigma methodology. Coaches green belts, black belts and all levels of the organization in problem solving methodologies to create value and improve manufacturing processes.
  • Coaches leadership and plant personnel to create an environment that fosters team and individual empowerment.  Ensures effective and sustained organizational culture for empowerment exists to enable the achievement of operational excellence goals and objectives. Champion efforts to drive greater site level Employee Engagement throughout the business.
  • Leads cross functional, complex, strategic operational excellence projects throughout the business using Black Belt / Master Black Belt skills. Fosters the development of best in class work processes. Participates as appropriate in incident investigations, root cause and corrective action processes for the ACR Manufacturing facilities.  Utilizes operational excellence techniques to minimize potential for future incidents.
  • Other duties as assigned.






  • This individual supports the Coating Resins business unit headquarters in Cary and the Global Coating Solutions Platform manufacturing facilities.
  • This position is based in the Cary, NC facility, but will travel to support other facilities and functions within the business.  Travel is expected up to 50%.
  • Key relationships include the Business Teams, the individual Site Leadership Teams, and other key Arkema Business initiative teams.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents




  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering or associated technical discipline required
  • Ten or more years of experience in manufacturing plant is required (chemical manufacturing preferred)
  • Operational excellence/Six Sigma BlackBelt/LEAN certification (and implementation experience) required; experience developing metrics to manage performance is preferred
  • Seven or more years of leadership experience in a manufacturing environment required




  • Strong leadership ability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including good coaching skills
  • Demonstration of the ability to solve problems and take independent action
  • Planning and organizational talent
  • Strong initiative and able to work with very little oversight
  • Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization
  • Self-motivated, capable decision-maker that is able to effectively influence others
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal); ability to interact with and advise senior level business management

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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