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Canada, Continuous Improvement Manager

Date: Jun 16, 2021

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R2K 2R9

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.


Under the general supervision of the VP of Operations, the Continuous Improvement Manager for Canada is responsible for driving the implementation and use of the company’s global continuous improvement program, JEM (JELDWEN Excellence Model), across the Canadian locations to drive out cost , improvement efficiencies and achieve a mindset of business excellence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drives the implementation of the JEM program and initiatives that strive toward business excellence
  • Coach and facilitate improvement activities focused on transactional processes in alignment with corporate JEM strategy and deployment goals.
  • Effectively coaches and supports local JEM team plant-based employees
  • Leads JEM projects/Kaizen events for improvement results that can be leveraged globally across sites, functions, 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.
  • Collaborates and executes communication plans to support the rollout and education on continuous improvements and best practices across plants and functions.    
  • Provide progress reporting on improvements. Track results to strategic plans and KPI’s.
  • Be proficient in guiding root-cause analysis (A3 Problem Solving). Lead or coach focused improvement activities and teams to improve results like safety, quality, delivery, cost and inventory.
  • Focus areas: Visual Management for Transactional processes, standard work, SIOP or IBP, Material Pull systems and Inventory
  • Utilize and facilitate Value Stream Mapping, process flow charts, Material Pull techniques, RACI and other JEM tools to recommend and facilitate modifications in workflow.
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate various CI related workshops and training events.
  • Work across business practices to remove barriers and streamline processes by understanding internal and external customer requirements.
  • Works with the NA JEM Director, Global JEM team, and peers in analyzing key performance indicators to ensure improvement efforts are strategically aligned and adding value to the bottom line.   




  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business, Operations or equivalent education and experience as determined by management.
  • Previous multi-site experience preferred
  • Bilingual English and French strongly preferred
  • Previous experience working within a in structured corporate continuous improvement model
  • Demonstrated experience as a cultural change agent   
  • Hands on experience using modern Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPM, Kanban, TPI, A3,5S Six Sigma etc.).
  • Certified Lean Manager preferred. Six Sigma Green Belt or higher preferred.
  • At least three (3) to five (5) years’ experience leading Lean Transformations, educating others on Lean principles and deployment planning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Transactional processes: Quote to cash, Sales generation, product development, marketing, finance/accounting, procurement/supply chain process improvement techniques.
  • Strong project management, organizational, analytical, and presentation skills.   
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking to processes to develop, recommend and implement strategies and programs that address company objectives.  
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills up and down the organizational hierarchy to include corporate offices.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with direct reports and influence on those with whom there is not a reporting relationship.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and applicable JELD-WEN software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently under conditions of multiple deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Ability to travel as JELD-WEN is a global company. (+50%)  

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