Job ID: 41495

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Continuous Improvement Specialist
The position is responsible for leading process improvement projects for engineering, project management, operations and support within an electric utility.

Continuous Improvement Specialist Responsibilities
Planning and Analysis: Meets with supervisors and managers. Analyzes business needs and identifies potential cross-functional process improvement initiatives. Scopes potential initiatives to forecast the anticipated benefits and resource needs of each. Prioritizes needs. Develops departmental continuous improvement plan and collaborates with other departments to determine resource constraints and points of overlap. Negotiates for resources. Maintains repository and roadmap of continuous improvement activities. Decides which stakeholders to engage and how.
Process/Continuous Improvement: Plans and implements improvement initiatives. Identifies goals aligned to strategic objectives. Develops project plans, success metrics and acceptance criteria. May assign work to others and monitor for completion. Decides when project meets acceptance criteria. Identifies risks and notifies project sponsors. Identifies and implements risk mitigation. Recommends mitigation strategies and escalates issues.
Stakeholder Engagement/Change Management: Develops overall communication and change management strategy. Implements or oversees implementation of communication plans. Provides timely, accurate status reports. May design and deliver reports, proposals, presentations and/or supporting materials.
Impact Assessment: Assesses impacts of changes to process, technology, organization structure and policy in connection with midsize to moderately complex projects and strategic initiatives and in consultation with officers, managers, supervisors and individual contributors. Evaluates effectiveness of change efforts.
Project Reporting and Documentation: May design, implement and maintain file architecture system. Archives and organizes or oversees the archive and organization of all project documentation. Facilitates lessons-learned discussions and documents information for future projects. Ensures document retention complies with appropriate regulations when applicable.

Continuous Improvement Specialist Qualifications
Required: Continuous Improvement, Process Improvement, Project Management, Change Management, Facilitation, Lean Six Sigma trained (i.e. Green Belt, Black Belt, or Master Black Belt)
Prefer 5 years or more experience in leading lean process improvement work.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt.
Advanced knowledge of project management, change management and/or process improvement methodologies and standards.
Intermediate knowledge of and skill in using software applications used in department.
Advanced knowledge of business process re-engineering and continuous improvement methods and concepts.
Intermediate knowledge of systems-thinking concepts and principles.
Intermediate knowledge of group problem-solving methods and techniques, including problem analysis, nominal group and brainstorming techniques and consensus building.
Intermediate knowledge of process improvement methodologies and the application of human factors.
Intermediate skills in strategic thinking in order to understand where the organization is, where it wants to be and how to get there.
Working consulting skills.
Intermediate analytical thinking skills.
Advanced process improvement skills.
Intermediate business acumen.
Intermediate change leadership skills.
Intermediate organization and prioritization skills.
Intermediate presentation and facilitation skills.
Intermediate conflict management skills.
Intermediate decision-making skills.
Intermediate enterprise/business awareness skills.
Advanced interpersonal skills.
Intermediate risk management skills.
Intermediate written and oral communication skills.
Advanced organization and prioritization skills.
Five or more years in project management, change management, consulting or a related field.

Benefits are available to eligible VanderHouwen contractors and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, and matching 401k.

About VanderHouwen 
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.


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