Manager, Continuous Improvement

Date: Feb 17, 2024

Location: CA, US

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.

JELD-WEN is currently seeking a Manager, Continuous Improvement to join our growing team.



As part of JELD-WEN's Continuous Improvement team, (JEM), we've established a culture, a system, and a tool kit. The lean manufacturing tools and process improvement techniques are proven in achieving operational excellence on a worldwide scale. JEM is built by JELD-WEN associates, reflecting our diverse experiences at lean, world-class organizations. Under the guidance of Director of JEM, the Contiuous Improvement (JEM) Manager will facilitate and teach CI initiatives designed to eliminate waste and non-value-added activities and improve performance in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Inventory. This position will teach, coach, and facilitate improvements using JEM methodology in operations and support areas.




  • Work with Line of Business Director of Operations & team to develop & work with plants to execute transformational level of improvement
  • Works with the JEM Director, Global JEM team, and Operations in analyzing key performance indicators to ensure improvement efforts are strategically aligned and adding value to the bottom line.
  • Work with sites to coach/develop plant JEM resources and leaders to support the growth in capability (skills, culture and coaching Kata) for sustaining continuous improvement
  • This position will facilitate and co-facilitate various CI related workshops, training events, JEM projects/Kaizen events Value Stream Mapping, process flow charts, line balancing and other JEM tools for improvement results that can be leveraged across plants and product lines
  • Ensures that JEM training, tools, assessments, and resources are available to employees at all levels and are being utilized appropriately and effectively across plants and functions
  • Provide progress reporting to JEM Director of North America for tracking results to strategic plans and KPI’s
  • Coach the process of developing and deploying effective standard work practices across the plant. Share and reapply proven methods across locations as appropriate
  • Work across business practices to remove barriers and streamline processes by understanding internal and external customer requirements
  • All other duties as assigned




  • At least three (3) to five (5) years’ experience leading Lean Transformations in manufacturing operations, educating others on Lean principles and deployment planning.
  • Hands on experience using modern Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPS, Kanban, PSQDCI, A3,5S, Six Sigma etc.).
  • Be proficient in guiding root-cause analysis (A3 Problem Solving)
  • Basic Microsoft Office and applicable JELD-WEN software applications required
  • Ability to plan and carry out projects independently while working effectively in a diverse work group
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Multi-location and operations experience preferred
  • Ability to write reports, procedures, correspondences
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with direct reports and influence on those with whom there is not a reporting relationship.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thought processes to develop, recommend and implement strategies and programs that address plant and corporate objectives
  • Ability to work and operate under conditions of multiple deadlines and changing priorities 
  • Proven Lean Trainer   
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills up and down the organizational hierarchy to include corporate offices
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or higher Recommended/preferred
  • 100% remote with expected travel




  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing, or equivalent combination of education and experience with an emphasis in CI and Lean.  Determined by hiring manager.



To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear.  The employee may occasionally be required to crouch.  The employee may occasionally lift items up to 35lbs.  Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.





About JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. 

JELD-WEN is a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-performance interior and exterior doors, windows, and related building products serving the new construction and repair and remodeling sectors. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates facilities in 16 countries in North America and Europe and employs approximately 18,000 people. Since 1960, the JELD-WEN team has been committed to making quality products that create safe and sustainable environments for customers, associates and local communities. The JELD-WEN family of brands includes JELD-WEN® worldwide; LaCantina™ and VPI™ in North America; and Swedoor® and DANA® in Europe. For more information, visit

In 2022, Newsweek named JELD-WEN as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. 

What We Offer

Investing in People is one of our Core Values, we strive to attract & retain great people! As such, JELD-WEN offers competitive compensation & benefits packages. Employees (and their families) are covered by medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees will receive ten paid holidays throughout the calendar year. JELD-WEN does not accrue time off for salaried positions. We believe in mutual trust and workplace flexibility, therefore appropriate time off for vacation, illness, or other reasons will be agreed upon with your manager per our Flexible Paid Time Off Policy. Employees can also enroll in the following company benefit programs including, 401k Retirement Savings Plan, Prescription Drug Plan, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Tuition Reimbursement, and Employee Discount Program.​

Expected pay for this role is between $91,500.00 to $152,500.00 per year and is based on experience and qualifications.​

JELD-WEN is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation based on individuals’ physical traits, beliefs, and/or other characteristics that are protected under applicable laws.

JELD-WEN does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services.