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Continuous Improvement Manager


Continuous Improvement Manager ( wood products manufacturing )--Bennettsville, SC

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!



Develop and lead continuous improvement activities. Utilize data to lead, support and champion efforts by mill personnel to identify and execute on key process improvement opportunities aimed at improving the business. Through the analysis of data, this role will focus on critical improvement areas that include machine reliability, process efficiencies, and variable cost reduction. 



  • Work with site personnel to identify key opportunities for improvement.
  • Promote and Pursue development and implementation of Best Practices, Effective Systems, and Processes
  • Lead optimization of identified metrics and processes, improving performance, reducing variation, increasing material processing speed
  • Lead / Champion continuous improvement initiatives
  • Use analytical troubleshooting, SPC, Six Sigma and LEAN techniques to measure and quantify variation and gains.
  • Support Operational Excellence initiatives
  • Training, mentoring, and developing personnel as part of the continuous improvement process when working initiatives
  • Generate justification for capital projects
  • Leverage internal and external resources across our business to accomplish goals and objectives; involving mills nationally and internationally
  • Focus on the key metrics that drive business results
  • Provide assistance and focused responsibility for cost savings initiatives (partnering with site personnel). Key focus areas include:
    • Resin & Wood consumptions
    • Energy consumption
    • Labor efficiencies
    • Process variation
    • Housekeeping and fugitive fiber
    • Process water reclamation
    • Equipment reliability




  • Effective implementation of systems, measurement, reporting, and metrics
  • Support other Arauco facilities with technical knowledge (e.g. process issues, optimization, capital and engineering initiatives)
  • Participate in core leadership activities (e.g. call out lists, start-up & Downday coverage, weekend coverage, vacation coverage, etc.)
  • Manage for performance and accountability
  • Provide technical and resource support to maintenance for chronic reliability issues and when heavy burden exists



  • Participates in monthly audits
  • Drives housekeeping improvements
  • Leads by example by following and coaching on safety policies and practices
  • Holds ALL employees equally accountable



  • As assigned and fitting including project justifications
  • Timely submission of expense reports



  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and generate results through use of data analysis and SPC
  • Superior analytical, troubleshooting, and decision-making abilities
  • Vision for future state of process and equipment
  • High level troubleshooting ability
  • Ability to effectively communicate and share knowledge
  • Demonstrated leadership position in managing continuous improvement preferred
  • Educated in resin technology and optimization of raw materials preferred
  • Post-secondary degree in business systems analytics and/or lean six sigma black belt certification
  • Familiarity and use of most recent SPC software (Minitab/QI macros)



  • As assigned

Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Florence
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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