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Continuous Improvement Leader

Date: May 20, 2021

Location: Kuopio, FI, 70501

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.


Join one of the world’s leading suppliers of windows and doors in a crucial role as a Continuous Improvement Leader at JELD-WEN Finland. In this role, you will lead continuous improvement initiatives and projects across our manufacturing site in Kuopio, Finland.


In your role as a Continuous Improvement Leader, you will work closely with the production organization and leadership team at our site in Kuopio, Finland. Reporting directly to the Factory Manager, the scope of the role is to lead and implement continuous improvement initiatives across the Kuopio manufacturing site to deliver improvement on the bottom-line performance.  In this role, you will be developing and embedding a LEAN culture within the manufacturing site.  Your role will act as a key resource to the Factory Manager and Regional Continuous Improvement Lead on all continuous improvement related matters. You will be responsible for successfully implementing Lean and Six Sigma methodologies and ensuring a systemic improvement of work practices and procedures. To succeed in this role, you can challenge the status quo and support the Factory Manager in improving the CoGS(Cost of Goods Sold) productivity level at the site. Given the scope of the role, you will enjoy broad internal and external stakeholder collaboration with the sales, production and finance departments.


  • To live by the JELD-WEN Values and lead by the JELD-WEN Leadership Model, to build businesses ethically and safely, to invest in people, to inspire customers through innovations, to deliver on our promises and to improve every day
  • To ensure adherence with all compliance standards and operate with integrity at all times
  • Support and educate employees to sustain the continuous improvement culture in Kuopio factory – establish improvement as a way of life
  • Develop and deliver Productivity pipeline (improvement projects and savings)
  • Plan and deliver continuous improvements in projects to achieve business cost reduction targets
  • Be an ambassador for Continuous Improvement initiatives
  • Manage projects for approved CI programs by coordinating the necessary resources and setting controls to achieve the agreed objectives
  • Facilitate and lead CI events in the Kuopio manufacturing site
  • Monitor the cost, schedule and progress of Kuopio factory CI projects and events and take appropriate actions
  • Encourage knowledge-sharing in Kuopio factory to accelerate improvements and benefits


  • Experience in Continuous Improvement from a similar role within the manufacturing industry
  • Sound knowledge of LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies
  • Substantial experience working with LEAN tools (e.g., 5s, Value Stream Mapping etc.)
  • A degree in Engineering or an equivalent vocational qualification
  • LEAN certification is an advantage.
  • A continuous improvement mindset and self-driven
  • Experience with project management and change management
  • Strong IT skills are essential  
  • Analytical, structured and team-oriented
  • Possess commitment and enthusiasm to drive change
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken Finnish and English is a prerequisite for this role



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.



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