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Continuous Improvement Engineer

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Date: Apr 15, 2019

Location: Fremont, US

Company: Celestica International Inc.

Req ID: 39731 
Region: Americas 
Country: USA 
State/Province: California 
City:  Fremont 

Celestica Introduction:

Celestica is one of the leaders in Electronic Manufacturing Services market dedicated to delivering end-to-end product lifecycle solutions.   We are dedicated to building solid partnerships and providing flexible solutions to enable our customers' success. Our people are our competitive advantage.  Celestica is a place to enjoy your work life and grow as a professional.   Our high-energy environment and flexible, team-oriented culture attract the kind of people who want to be empowered to use their knowledge and creativity to drive our customers' success.


Celestica Fremont is a division of Celestica Corporation that specializes in precision machining for customers in the semiconductor capital equipment industry. Fremont provides manufacturing and engineering services at two locations spanning nearly 160K sq. ft. with approximately 500 employees. Our capabilities are in large and medium format machining that provide milling, small hole drilling, turning, welding, with multiple material capabilities. We also perform precision inspection and detailing of parts and specialized hardware assembly.


Detailed Description:


The position plays a key role in the Lean culture transformation. This person facilitates the deployment of the Lean strategy for the site;  Delivers training and workshop (kaizen) facilitation to deliver improvements to targeted customer focused teams;  Works hands-on with leadership and cross-functional teams to execute continuous improvement projects; Performs administrative tasks tied to Lean projects; Identifies and shares best practices for broader adoption across other customer focused teams in the site;  Develops the Lean skills of the site to create Lean facilitators.


Performs tasks such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Work with the Lean Site Lead to determine the Customer Focus Team level action plan that supports the strategy deployment plan for Lean Six Sigma at the site.   
  • Mentor / develop the skills of candidates for future Lean Facilitators. 
  • Execute their assigned deliverables from the Site Strategy Deployment plan. This includes the delivery of training and providing facilitation of kaizen and workshops for cross-functional teams. 
  • Identify best practices and share with their department members for possible deployment in other teams within the site.   
  • Participate in and/or lead the Gemba (“go and see”) activities with the senior team at the site. 
  • Regularly assist in providing training and work guidance to others (while doing similar work) on job content or work methods and procedures.
  • Train Site on Lean Concepts.
  • Assist in facilitating Kaizen Events.
  • Manage/Drive Lean projects and key performance indicators.
  • Drive SQDCM communication/metrics board development and activities.
  • Lead and/or participate in time/load studies, process flow mapping, value stream mapping sessions, spaghetti diagram exercises, workload analysis, built in quality activity, 5S.
  • Define process problems that lead to throughput or quality issues, evaluates cause of problem, implements solutions to stabilize processes, evaluates results.
  • Automate where ever possible.


  • Lean/Six Sigma knowledge, workshop/kaizen facilitation, proven competency to deliver introductory training, change management
  • Drive business results through the application of Lean methods
  • Strong project management skills and ability to multitask
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and lead cross-functional team members
  • Quick learner, hungry for knowledge
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills
  • Passion for challenging status quo and driving continuous improvement
  • Engineering foundation competencies
  • Knowledge of industry and quality standards
  • Good organization skills
  • Ability to evaluate, diagnose and troubleshoot problems
  • Knowledge of materials and components used in the construction of systems and subassemblies
  • Knowledge of industry and quality standards for incoming materials
  • Ability to evaluate materials, gather and analyze data and determine root cause of problems
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a variety of internal and external customers
  • Excel, Word, PowerPoint (Microsoft Suite)
  • AutoCAD and Minitab knowledge a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Duties of the position are performed in a manufacturing environment with frequent exposure to noise, dust, chemicals, operating machinery, temperature extremes, hazardous substances, etc.
  • Duties of this position require continuous light physical effort and exertion including prolonged repetitive motion, standing, sitting in a confined workspace, sustained visual concentration on a computer monitor or on numbers and other detailed data, climbing, using equipment, handling lightweight materials, etc.
  • Duties of this position require occasional heavy manual effort and considerable exertion including lifting objects over 20 pounds, requiring straining, pulling and lifting.

Typical Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Semiconductor equipment and machine shop part fabrication a plus
  • Hands-on involvement in delivering kaizen projects
  • Facilitate Kaizen events to re-engineer specific areas/topics
  • Competency to deliver introductory training
  • Experience executing cost reduction projects
  • Successful cross-functional collaboration



Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering or other applicable engineering degrees

Green Belt certification a plus

Equal Employment Opportunity: Celestica’s policy on equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

This policy applies to hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral and other aspects of employment and also states that retaliation against a person who files a charge of discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposes an unlawful employment practice will not be tolerated. All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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