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Continuous Improvement Manager

Date: Aug 30, 2021

Location: Astorp, SE, 265 81

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.


Founded in 1960, JELD-WEN is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with more than 22,000 employees operating in 25 countries globally. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, JELD-WEN designs, produces and distributes an extensive range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminium windows and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodelling of residential homes and non-residential buildings. 

Our products and services afford us the opportunity to enter peoples’ workplaces, homes and daily lives. With this privilege comes great responsibility to ensure that the products we deliver are reliable and enrich the places and lives that they touch. We bring beauty and security to the spaces that touch our lives.


Are you a LEAN practitioner with a passion for driving continuous improvement and change? Do you have an avid interest in applying LEAN principles and fostering a continuous improvement culture? This is an excellent opportunity for you to join us in a crucial role as a Continuous Improvement Manager at JELD-WEN Sweden. In this role, you will lead continuous improvement initiatives at our manufacturing site in Åstorp, Sweden.

Your role


As a Continuous Improvement Manager, you will work closely with the site management team in Åstorp, Sweden.  Reporting directly to the Factory Manager, the scope of the role is to lead and implement continuous improvement initiatives across the Åstorp manufacturing site to deliver improvement on the bottom-line performance.  You will support and educate the leaders to embed and sustain a continuous improvement culture in the Åstorp site.  As Continuous Improvement Manager, you will act as a key resource to the Factory Manager on all continuous improvement related matters. You will be responsible for successfully implementing LEAN methodologies and ensuring a systemic improvement of work practices and processes.

Your responsibilities

  • Be an ambassador for Continuous Improvement initiatives
  • Facilitate and lead CI events in the manufacturing site
  • Encourage knowledge-sharing in Åstorp factory to accelerate improvements and benefits
  • Continue to develop our factory in putting our customer and market needs in the center of everything we do
  • Lead and practice JELD-WEN´s LEAN program JEM (JELD-WEN Excellence Model)
  • Support and facilitate site management team in developing strategic objectives and create a clear sense of direction and focus
  • Initiate and participate in shop floor activities such as kaizen events, 5S workshops etc.
  • Develop our visual management system with clear goals on all levels

Your skills and experiences

  • Experience with continuous improvement from a similar role within the manufacturing industry
  • A degree in Engineering or an equivalent vocational qualification
  • Substantial experience working with LEAN tools (e.g., 5s, Value Stream Mapping etc.)
  • Sound knowledge of LEAN methodologies, a LEAN certification is an advantage
  • A continuous improvement mindset and self-driven
  • Experience with project management and change management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken Swedish and English is a prerequisite for this role


Good reason to join


We act with integrity, invest in people, inspire through innovation, deliver on our promises and improve every day. We are seeking talented individuals who share this purpose and values and want to excel in their field of expertise. We offer excellent benefits, a collaborative environment in which to apply your talent and a dynamic and growing company, with exceptional career progression opportunities.

Next steps

Submit your application and CV as we will interview suitable candidates as they apply. For more information, you are welcome to contact Robert Jingborg, Factory Manager, at +46 70 300 88 27 


JELD-WEN is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws. Unless explicitly requested or approached by JELD-WEN, the company will not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services.