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Motrex LLC Continuous Improvement Leader in Fort Smith, Arkansas


The Continuous Improvement Leader is responsible for developing and implementing a plant-wide team system to develop a culture of improving key performance indicators such as manufacturing OEE, product quality, waste reduction, energy conservation, safety and operating costs. The CI Leader will utilize Lean, Six Sigma, and 6S methodologies, techniques, and tools to facilitate the transfer of such learning in the plant and develop individual champions and teams necessary to support continuous improvement activities consistent with business goals. Focus is on conducting these activities in conjunction with other organizational functional leaders and members to solicit support for implementing continuous improvements to all processes. The incumbent provides direction, guidance, and support to a team of engineers.


Develop a Lean/Six Sigma strategy for the plant to include specific goals, objectives, timetables, action plans, and key leader (hourly and salaried) enlistment strategies

Evaluate performance of direct reports and provide periodic review of results; assist them to meet objectives, performance standards, quality, and other areas of responsibility

Train and mentor the leadership team and engineering staff in the principles, methods, and applications of the Lean process such that continuous improvement efforts are integrated into change management processes

Coordinate plant level Lean/Six Sigma initiatives with Stryten's continuous improvement initiatives to ensure optimum use of resources and minimize redundancies

Coordinate efforts with functional leaders, supervisors, and hourly associates in identifying improvement opportunities within the plant and develop justifications to substantiate potential cost savings to the plant

Conduct time and motion studies and/or utilize value stream mapping and process charting establish and validate production standards and to troubleshoot and streamline work flows

Foster and support the development of his/her team and of continuous improvement teams

Participate in training and development programs including all areas of environmental, health and safety issues, especially those dealing with proper handling of hazardous materials and hazardous waste

Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions, work procedures, standard operating practices, and directions without immediate supervision

Have independent problem-solving and decision-making skills

Other duties as assigned


Education, Experience, Certifications:

Technical degree in science, statistics, engineering, or quality preferred

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from and accredited organization

Black Belt or Master Black Belt preferred

Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a leadership position leading technical employees

10 years’ experience in industrial manufacturing environment with excellent track record of business results and increasingly higher levels of responsibility in line operations or engineering leadership roles

Minimum 3 years of experience in leading site level continuous improvement efforts and projects using Lean, 5s, and DMAIC methodologies

Experience in team development – problem solving, conflict resolution, building cooperative relationships, and effective communications

Competencies, Skills, Knowledge:

Proven track record of developing, training, and coaching

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Leadership experience with significant and verifiable results

Effective coaching and mentoring skills

Experience in manufacturing plants and processes

Proficient in problem solving – Kaizen, LPA, 5s, VSM, DMAIC, Ishikawa, 5 why, etc.

Knowledgeable in APQP methodology; Control Plans, FMEAs, MSAs, and PPAPs

Self-motivated and able to demonstrate leadership, team, and individual contributor accomplishments

Passion for driving change in a complex environment

Ability to communicate with senior levels of the organization

Strong verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills

Other Categories as Required:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear

Individual is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

Ability to occasionally lift a minimum 50lbs, regularly lift a minimum 25lbs on a daily basis and 51 to 150lbs with assistance of equipment on a daily to weekly basis

Regular use of safety glasses and steel toed shoes

Limited to regular use of respirator depending on project or department assignment

Vision requirements: close vision.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles

Individual occasionally exposed to hazardous places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock

Noise level is minimal to loud

Regularly working in a dirty lead contaminated area and must wear a uniform and safety shoes in that area to prevent the tracking and / or possible lead contamination of other clean areas or outside of regulated areas

Travel maybe required occasionally within North America


EEO Statement

Stryten Manufacturing is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Statement

Stryten Manufacturing builds innovative battery solutions that power everything from warehouses and distribution centers to cars, trains and trucks. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, we keep people on the move and essential supply chains running. Our stored energy solutions include lead and lithium batteries, intelligent chargers and cloud-based software that help companies make smart fleet design decisions. A technology leader backed by more than a century of expertise, Stryten has The Energy to Challenge the status quo and deliver top-performing battery solutions for today’s most recognized brands in manufacturing, distribution and retail. Stryten partners with our customers to meet the growing demand for reliable energy storage capacity now and into the future. Learn more at

Job Locations AR-Fort Smith

Requisition ID 2021-2943

Category Quality

Position Type Regular Fulltime

Address 4115 So. Zero Street

Postal Code 72908