Continuous Improvement Manager in Schnitzer - Tacoma at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 6/23/2018

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Job Description

Schnitzer Steel is an exciting place to be as a global leader in the thriving metals recycling industry. We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our team. Our fast-paced environment features challenging and rewarding work, strong teamwork, and a commitment to providing quality products and excellent customer service. At the same time, as a growing Fortune 1000 company that has been in business for over a century, we can offer a culture that rewards performance and a strong, corporate structure with job stability. In fact, Schnitzer Steel has experienced employees who have been with us for over 30 years working side-by-side with recent hires who constantly bring new ideas and energy into the company.   The Continuous Improvement Manager (CIM) reports to the Regional Director in the Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) division. The Operations Analyst will facilitate continuous improvement (CI) activities of the operations, commercial and other departments throughout the assigned region. The CIM is responsible for compliance with company policies and procedures. The CIM works with the Regional Director to develop, define, and track operational and CI metrics geared at driving sustainable improvement in the core competencies of the organization. The CIM works closely with the Regional Director and General Manager(s) to ensure every department in the organization is measuring and improving its performance against agreed goals and sharing best practices and comparable metrics. The CIM functions as a resource for the department managers using his/her analytical skills to help them achieve their performance goals. The CIM must apply assertiveness, and use organizational and communication skills to lead meetings, have a thorough understanding of production cost analysis, and the ability to interface with a wide range of individuals in various levels of management. This position operates within flexible parameters and involves the application of process improvement principles and the soft skills of acting as a change agent to support the regional Metals Recycling operations. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of operational analysis. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increases profits.
Required Skills
Essential Functions:   Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)
•Ensures safe work practices and equipment are used at all times and that documentation and current practices are in accordance with corporate safety policies, OSHA, and other regulatory guidelines. 
•Works with department managers to identify and implement improvement opportunities.
•Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors. Operational Performance & Best Management Practices
•Works with Operational Management to establish CI metrics within the region and facilitate organizational change by tracking results against defined goals.
•Performs in-depth reviews of all major departments as required: shredder, joint product, shear, torching, repair and maintenance, shiploading, purchased non-ferrous, stockpiling, and the commercial group.
•Challenges conventional thinking in order to obtain the most efficient solutions to issues.
•Assists in driving continuous improvement initiatives within operations through analysis and problem solving with operations team.
•Facilitates process of identifying and prioritizing improvement opportunities, analyzing data, solving problems at the root cause and institutionalizing change.
•Facilitates the CI monthly review process in the region.
•Supports a comprehensive rollout of the CI initiatives.
•Brings aspects of tried and true improvement tools and methodologies to Schnitzer: Kaizen activities, standard work / operating procedures, statistical analysis, statistical process control charting, and others.  Budgeting & Forecasting
•Works closely with their financial counterpart, the Financial Business Partner, on financial activities:
•Generating capital expense authorizations and ROI calculations for business opportunities and equipment.
•Providing due diligence support to mergers and acquisitions activities.
•Helps department managers evaluate cost center financials and spending analysis, daily production and downtime reports, headcount, overtime and asset utilization to identify improvement opportunities.
•Other areas of shared responsibility as the roles and business evolve.   Internal Control Responsibilities: Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating, and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better relate to the business. Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.   Interpersonal Contacts: Contact could be made by phone, email and face-to face contact with others, specifically the Regional Director, Regional General Manager, General Managers, Yard Managers and Operational supervisors. External contacts include contractors, vendors, officials or other contacts that relate to Scrap Processing Operations.     Job Conditions: Exposure to physical operations at metal recycling yards; it is necessary to walk/climb in active industrial yards with uneven surfaces and to out-of-the-way areas.  Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions and travel is required. Work pressure can be substantial during peak times, requiring considerable adaptability; disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected and occur on an intermittent basis. Regular overtime is required. Offsite work involves meeting in person with current or potential customers, and visiting other Schnitzer locations.
Required Experience
Qualifications: 
1.Leadership and influencing skills, along with effective communication with a wide range of individuals, including those with very little experience with continuous improvement. Root cause analysis, problem solving, and process flow mapping experience and skills are necessary. Six Sigma, Lean / TPS, TQM or other process improvement experience or certifications a plus. Working knowledge of accounting and finance fundamentals. Proficient with Microsoft Office.
2.Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Business Administration, Accounting and Finance or additional related fields. Working knowledge of cost accounting is helpful. 5-10 years prior experience “on the shop floor” leading improvement activities, preferably in a similar matrix management role desired. This position requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate an automobile.   Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:
1.Ability to: sit for extended periods of time, up to 3-8 hours per day; be mobile within both an office and manufacturing environment; and keyboard for several hours per day. Must have the ability to communicate in a professional manner by phone, e-mail, and in person with all levels of internal personnel and business contacts. Visual acuity to perform close detail work for operating a computer and examining reports.
2.Exposure to physical operations at metal recycling yards, noise, dust and dirt associated with a scrap yard facility. PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.  

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

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As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.