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Head of CI, UK & France

Date: 13-Jan-2022

Location: Sheffield, GB, S13 9WH Eauze, FR, 32800 Cumbria, GB, CA11 9EH Ussel, FR, 19200 FR

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


Due to a recent promotion in the organisation we are looking for an experienced Continuous Improvement professional to head up the continuous improvement strategy for the UK & France.


Continuous improvement has become the forefront of everything we do in the organisation and this is a really exciting time to be part of this journey and be able to make a real difference to the way we operate as a business making us more process driven and efficient which in turn will drive real success throughout the organisation.


Key Objectives:


  • Identify, lead and deploy Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives across the three UK and two French plants and business groups to deliver quantified bottom line performance improvement.  
  • To establish and develop a Continuous improvement (CI) culture across the five sites  
  • Effective deployment of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, business process assessment, planning, facilitation and execution of kaizen events, and the systemic improvement of standard work practices and procedures.  
  • Drive positive transformation throughout the region, build and mentor effective teams and drive employee engagement, involvement and development. 
  • To challenge and drive the plant managers in delivering and maintaining a savings pipeline/ project opportunity of 5% of Costs of Goods Sold (CoGS) 
  • To challenge and drive the plant managers in delivering a 3% of CoGS productivity improvement year on year 
  • To provide organisational support and direction to the Regional Operations Director and Regional COO. 




  • Coach, mentor and educate employees to develop, support and sustain a CI culture – establish improvement as a way of life 
  • Develop and deliver Productivity pipeline (improvement projects and savings)  
  • Plan and deliver CI projects  across region to deliver business cost reduction targets 
  • Develop and challenge CI team to embed the lean tools, techniques and leadership behaviours - be an ambassador for the CI programme 
  • Project managing approved CI programs by coordinating the necessary resources and setting controls to achieve the agreed objectives.  
  • Facilitate and lead CI events as the subject matter expert. 
  • Leverage best practices established through CI projects to other activities. 
  • Execute plans by building and utilising cross-functional teams to meet/exceed business goals. 
  • Coach others to enhance their personal performance by setting focused targets and objectives. 
  • Monitor the cost, schedule and progress of all CI projects and events and intervene to take remedial actions where appropriate. 
  • Encourage knowledge-sharing across factories to accelerate improvements and benefits 


Experience/ Knowlege:


  • The successful candidate must have strong experience in a previous CI role within a manufacturing environment, including using Lean techniques such as Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Standard Work Cellular Flow, Mistake Proofing, Total Productive Maintenance.   
  • Highly skilled in Continuous Improvement/ Lean: 
  • Experience of delivering a leadership development program to establish a CI culture 
  • Ability to demonstrate practical implementation of the right tools and techniques to drive improvement 
  • Ability to transform data analysis into defined actions and improvement program to make real impact 
  • Proven capability of delivering transformational change in a multi-site/ multi-cultural role 
  • Proven capability of delivering bottom line financial improvements through the implementation of CI principles 
  • Experience of delivering improvements from shop floor through to strategic/ business wide projects 
  • You will have good knowledge of Six Sigma principles with an ability to carry out statistical analysis such as Root Cause Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and the Design of Experiments. 
  • Ability to communicate and influence at all levels of the organisation from shop floor to Regional COO 
  • Financial knowledge beneficial – experience of P&L anad understanding of operating cost, analysis and financial performance 
  • Personal skills: Analytical, structured, team oriented, motivating, conflict handler, empathic, flexible, focusing and completing  
  • Commitment and enthusiasm to drive change.   
  • Read, write and speak English 
  • Good IT skills are essential for this role.   
  • Travel will be required so you must be prepared to travel and have a full driving licence. 




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