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Continuous Improvement Practitioner

Date: Aug 21, 2021

Location: Sheffield, GB, S13 9WH

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.


JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD), founded in 1960, is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with more than 22,000 employees operating in 24 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.


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.


Are you an experienced Continuous Improvement Practitioner looking for your next role?

Do you have a background in Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen events?


If you answered yes to the questions above, then stop your job search now, you’ve found your next role. 


We are looking for a Continuous Improvement Practitioner to join our newly formed Continuous Improvement Team for the Sheffield Operation under the stewardship of the JEM Manager. JEM (JELD-WEN Excellence Model) is the business system for JELD-WEN. JEM incorporates our company values, lean tools, problem solving, business development and the constant improvement of employee knowledge & skills.


We are looking for someone with a background in Lean Manufacturing who can influence, inspire, and drive a grass roots cultural shift towards a lean manufacturing environment. You will be required to spend equal time out on the factory floor, coaching mentoring and educating and reporting progress. 


This role is perfect for a driven performer who has a proven background in continuous improvement and collaboration within a manufacturing environment. The role will require flexibility, energy, enthusiasm, and resilience.


You will help every member of staff understand what good looks like and drive autonomous delivery of plans including a “win the hour, win the day” mentality. Continuous improvement will become standard practice and you will support the operation to achieve its JEM maturity goals.


The role will help to identify improvement opportunities, effectively deploying lean methodologies business process assessment, planning, facilitation and execution of Kaizen events and the systematic development and improvement of standard work and capability.



  • Pro-active safety approach by identifying safety improvement opportunities.
  • Deliver weekly, monthly & quarterly kaizen events of differing scales & expectations.
  •  Manage the transition from product controls to process controls as part of our “Door 2 Quality” programme 
  • Contribute to delivering a minimum of 3% year on year net productivity savings and 5% worth of validated productivity projects on a rolling 12-month basis.   
  • Contribute towards our 100% JEM Assessment goal for end of 2023.
  • A key contributor in transforming Sheffield into a flagship example of lean transformation within Jeld-Wen globally
  • Deliver sustainable improvement through joint deployment of product quality standards and the continuous improvement of these standards through system compliance and demonstrable 3c prioritisation and achievement.
  • A key contributor to the Sheffield CI Team creating and developing training material, sharing knowledge, and leading standardisation.
  • Support Continuous Improvement through coaching and developing teams to deliver 5s campaigns to targets and demonstrate 5s expansion as part of daily cadence.
  • Support a positive transformation across the site through effective participation, enabling the team within and across all levels of the business to continually improve people’s capability, processes and procedures through sustainability.
  • Contribute to the site lean capabilities through effective training, mentoring, and coaching to build effective matrix teams and drive employee engagement, involvement, and deployment.    
  • Maintain exceptional housekeeping and organisational controls. 



  • A total SAFETY FIRST mentality, understanding and culture.
  • Ability to champion the JELD-WEN Values
  • The ability to maximise the contributions from team members whilst treating people with respect.
  • Have the highest of personal standards with an ability to mentor and promote improvement.
  • Previous experience of ‘world class’ manufacturing business processes and an ability to go beyond maintenance and management but through change and implementation, showing resilience, determination, and drive.
  • Problem Solving root cause analysis
  • Process change control, Failure Modes Effect Analysis
  • Intimate and extensive understanding of SQDCIP or equivalent.
  • Be a motivator, instigator, and inspirer
  • Project Management
  • Good communication skills across all levels of the business.
  • Excellent IT and analysis skills and capabilities.
  • A confident trainer who is capable of delivering a wide range of Lean tools & Techniques




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