BASF Continuous Improvement Leader in Windsor, Ontario

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Purpose of the Job –

The CI Leader is responsible to identify and improve the outcomes of manufacturing and operational processes excellence that will improve efficiencies, reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction. This position must ensure all aspects of the site’s quality systems, related to processes and continuous improvement are established, maintained and are sustainable as per compliance to Corporate and other National and Global Standards to which the Windsor Site subscribes for OEM & Refinish Coatings Business Groups. This position will also develop and maintain continuous improvement metrics for the Site with supporting key deliverables in the areas of safety, quality, delivery, cost reduction, growth, and innovation. The CI Leader will develop, deliver, and support programs to teach personnel about lean principles, tools & concepts: problem solving, Kaizens, Value Stream Mapping, Error Proofing, Visual Factory, 5S, TPM, and flow manufacturing.

Principal Responsibilities –

  • Promote and coordinate implementation of lean thinking, strategies and practices.

  • Understand BASF's Ecology, Health and Safety Standards and Quality Systems to perform and define job responsibilities in accordance of following and controlling documented work procedures and instructions. Ability to select and apply these standards to workplace situations.

  • Understanding of BASF's Ecology, Health and Safety Standards and the Environmental and Quality Systems and the underlying principles and philosophies behind them. Ability to select and apply these standards to workplace situations.

  • Position works as a Change Agent leading key stakeholders to develop plans and targets to achieve annual improvements based on the company’s overall goals. Collaborate with supervisors and other managers to develop the principals, strategies and plans necessary to achieve continuous improvement.

  • Facilitates and coordinates activities and programs to recognize associates for improvements and participation in programs aimed at achieving improvement, such as Problem Solving Teams, Opportunity for Improvement, and the Safety Committee.

  • Follows through on cost reduction projects to see that the intended benefits are achieved, if the benefits can be enhanced, and if the lessons learned on a project can be extended to other areas.


Knowledge and Experience –

  • Bachelor in Science Degree or equivalent technical education with at least six years experience in a batch process – chemical manufacturing environment.

  • Must have or be capable of rapidly developing a working knowledge of current manufacturing techniques, process, systems and the implementation and management of Quality Management and Environmental Management certification programs. Programs include but are not limited to BASF Corporation, ISO14001 Environmental System, ISO9001 and ISO9001/TS16949 Quality System as they apply to the chemical industry.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, problem solving and analytical skills

  • Training in Lean manufacturing principles such as Kaizens, value stream mapping, mistake proofing, Visual Factory, 5S, TPM facilitation, etc.

  • Strong leadership skills, experience working in a unionized environment, ability to learn and apply new concepts and overcome obstacles and become a catalyst for change.

  • Must possess strong leadership and organizational skills to manage numerous complex problems simultaneously and deal with changing priorities.

Job: ENGI - Engineering & Technical Service

Organization: N-ECN-Coatings Solutions North America

Title: Continuous Improvement Leader

Location: CAN-ON-Windsor

Requisition ID: 1700153