Continuous Improvement Specialist

at Coastal Pet Products
Location Alliance, OH
Date Posted February 9, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


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About Us: 

Based in Alliance, OH, Coastal Pet Products, Inc. has been a family-owned American manufacturer since 1968.  We are a leader in the pet industry with an unwavering commitment to innovation, safety, and quality. We design and deliver quality products that people trust for the dogs and cats they love. We are committed to being a great place to work and encourage associates to excel and grow professionally.

At Coastal Pet, we value people as the source of our strength, and we appreciate your interest in our company. If you want to join a team that works each day to live out our passion for pets, people, and progress, then please apply for this great opportunity.  Coastal Pet Products, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary:

The Continuous Improvement Specialist will design, develop, test, and evaluate production and distribution processes to maximize efficiencies by utilizing human capital, machines and material flow more effectively.  The Continuous Improvement Specialist will also lead the continuous improvement initiatives and promote culture changes using LEAN tools and principles.

Major Responsibilities:                                                            

  • Determine the most effective ways to use people, machines, and materials to create a product or service.
  • Study product requirements and design manufacturing and distribution systems to meet requirements. 
  • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine processes and production standards. 
  • Coordinate quality control objectives and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, and minimize cost.
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and machinery.
  • Manage the LEAN initiative by acting as the principal change agent:  Mentor, coach and lead teams to achieve objectives.
  • Oversee the process of gathering and maintaining accurate BOM and Production Routing information in System 21.
  • Oversee and streamlining the New Item Setup process.                                                                         

Direct Supervisory Responsibilities:

                Titles of positions supervised:  Pro Rep Department Associates

Technical Requirements:
Demonstrate knowledge, skill and proficiency in the following:

  • Lean, Six Sigma, and Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Problem Solving and Troubleshooting
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentations and Facilitation
  • Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint


  • Optimizes Work Processes
  • Plans and Aligns
  • Decision Quality
  • Manages Complexity
  • Customer Focused
  • Drives Results
  • Drives Engagement
  • Action Oriented
  • Collaborates
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Cultivates Innovation


Skills and knowledge required for this position would generally be acquired with a four-year college degree with an emphasis on industrial engineering followed by three or more years of successful experience in related, subordinate positions; or seven years’ experience in managing in a manufacturing environment with in-depth training and experience/implementing lean manufacturing initiatives, and continuous improvement activities.  Supervision and management experience a plus.


This description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions for the job identified for the purpose of job evaluation.  It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job nor shall it be construed as giving an exclusive title to every function described.

This is an exempt position. General requirements of this position include, but are not limited to, regular attendance and the willingness and ability to work more than the regularly scheduled 40-hour workweek when requested by management.

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