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Continuous Improvement Engineer - Chatsworth, CA

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Hubbell Incorporated
Manufacturing & operations
10,001+ employees
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Corporate Overview

Hubbell Incorporated was founded in 1888 and has grown into an international manufacturer of quality electrical, lighting and power solutions with more than 75 brands used and recognized around the world. Our founder, Harvey Hubbell, developed tooling and equipment to serve the growing demand for new assembly and manufacturing machinery during the industrial revolution. An early, and one of many patents awarded, came for the creation of the first practical method to control electricity through the pull chain socket that remains unchanged today. As a market leader in reliable, electrical solutions, we provide more than half a million products delivered through our various business groups. Hubbell is committed to continually innovating solutions that work, transforming old products with new ideas, and ensuring that we Energize, Enlighten and Empower the communities that support us.

Division Overview

Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) engages in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of products used by utilities. Today, HPS is deeply engaged in product solutions for OSP Communication utility purposes, and has been actively growing that segment of the business. HPS roots have historically been in high voltage transmission, distribution, substation, underground products used by electric utilities. HPS products are also used in the civil construction, transportation, gas and water industries.

At HPS, we build products that provide mission critical infrastructure and that deliver communications and power to millions of people worldwide. In our business, failure is not an option. Therefore, we manufacture products of uncompromising integrity and it starts with our quality policy. We hold our partners, our suppliers and ourselves to the highest standard to ensure we exceed all the technical and functional expectations of our customers.

Hubbell Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electrical and electronic products in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Electrical, Power, and Industrial Technology.

Posting Address

9140 Lurline Ave Chatsworth, CA 91311


Position Overview

Hubbell is on the search for a Continuous Improvement Engineer at our Chatsworth, CA location. As part of a recent acquisition, the Chatsworth facility is experiencing exciting growth. The incumbent will be responsible for identifying and executing opportunities for improvement throughout the Chatsworth, CA facility. This includes safety, process efficiency, quality, reducing waste, training and optimizing labor utilization, and improving overall performance toward World Class Manufacturing. This individual will be an active coach on the production floor, helping all personnel understand and carry out Lean Manufacturing principles each day while fostering the right culture of participation and engagement. Candidate must be a highly motivated and independent worker who has a passion for continuous improvement and the development of others. Position will offer complex challenges that require teamwork, in-depth data analysis, original thinking, persistence, and a positive attitude.

Duties and Responsibilities

Continuous Improvement Leadership:

  • Analyze the current state and identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement based on data and hard facts.
  • Develop continuous improvement strategies by translating business objectives into actionable projects.
  • Communicate and exemplify the company’s continuous improvement philosophy, vision, and expectations.
  • Share lean and continuous improvement best practices throughout the organization.
  • Act as a Lean/Continuous Improvement business partner to all departments and levels (top leadership to shop floor), challenging processes, proposing ideas, and driving change.
  • Act as a change agent around continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Train teams in improvement processes to optimize floor layout and material flow using lean concepts.
  • Create and manage sustainable improvement through DMAIC, PDCA, RCPS, 30-Day Follow-Up meetings, Steering Committee, Sustainment Metrics, etc.
  • Create and deliver Lean training for all levels of the organization.
  • Develop a lean culture of participation and engagement throughout the facility.

Lean/Six Sigma:
  • Prepare cost reduction budgets and coordinate/execute actions to reach targets.
  • Lead & manage projects through the Control phase.
  • Find opportunities to reduce cost, lead time, and inventory.
  • Identify quality improvement opportunities.
  • Evaluate workflow and cell design and develop improvements to enhance safety and productivity.
  • Lead mapping & CI tools exercises to determine and record business improvement areas.
  • Track and complete cost reduction on process improvements.
  • Document and communicate improvements in manufacturing overhead, efficiency, and utilization.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum experience of 3-5 years in Lean Manufacturing. Must know what “Good looks like.”
  • Six Sigma Lean Green Belt or Black Belt certification: preferred
  • Exposure to a Lean Environment or Lean tools: Value Stream Mapping, 5S implementation, root cause problem solving, 7KOW, FMEA, etc.
  • Bachelor’s in Manufacturing Engineering or Industrial Engineering or related field preferred.
  • Must be able to explain and convince why people should follow a certain direction (sell your ideas to others).
  • Must be able to reach consensus with Top Management and support the given vision/ direction.

Hubbell Incorporated, its subsidiaries and affiliates, is an EO Employer AA: M/F/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the LA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO).