18 Sep, 2023

Continuous Improvement Engineer

  • Unilever
  • Covington, TN, USA
Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Background & Purpose of the Job

The Continuous Improvement Engineer role is critical to achieving World Class performance, which means zero defects, zero waste and zero losses. You will apply extensively the full range of Focused Improvement methods and tools to counter losses identified in the areas of Safety, Quality, and Manufacturing.  As Continuous Improvement Engineer, you will support all IC factories in North America, with particular concentration on the Covington TN site.

As the Continuous Improvement Engineer, you will play a key role in delivering the factories results through the Focused Improvement methodology. Working directly with Production team members, site Technical Engineering, Lead Process Engineer and all Pillars to act as the technical advisor and trainer providing coaching in phenomena identification, root cause analysis and the establishment of countermeasures.  Also, the Continuous Improvement Engineer will be responsible to assist with KPI status reports for all NAIC sites for monthly reporting/sharing of progress.

You will leverage your training and technical knowledge to eliminate losses, waste, and increase the production output across multiple work centers or production lines across multiple sites. You will be guided on loss prioritization and elimination by working closely with Cost Deployment, Quality, and Safety Pillar leads. You will also play a key role in moving away from the reactive approach to losses towards a proactive approach.

You will report to the BU ManEx Manager.

  • You’re a changemaker: You will apply the full set of WCM methods and tools to identify root causes, define countermeasures, and validate their effectiveness.
  • You’re an analytical thinker: You will collect and analyze complex data and learn continuously to penetrate problems’ phenomena and understand root causes.
  • You love to win, and have fun doing it: You will find creative ways to leverage factory talent, train employees on WCM concepts, and lead FI projects. You will be able to apply digital enhancements to processes and workstreams to source data or drive change.
  • You’re a culture & change champion: As we progress towards World Class performance our people need to take more decisions and lead improvement activity. You will be key in setting the road map to achieve this goal and drive the culture change through everyday actions.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

BA/BS degree in Engineering, preferably Mechanical, Food, Chemical, Industrial, or Mechatronic Engineering with 2-5+ years work experience.  Must demonstrate a flair for improvement engineering, digital enhancements, and technical knowledge with a passion for learning.

Attention to detail, bias for action, accountability, written and verbal communication skills, data collection and analysis, problem solving, decision-making, teamwork, and judgement

Desired: Related experience in FI and Kaizen activity or Continuous Improvement program (WCM, TPM, 6-sigma, Lean, etc) implementation in a manufacturing environment.

Travel is expected to be approximately 10 – 20% depending upon the needs of the factories.

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Pay: The pay range for this position is $67,000 to $100,500. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs.

Bonus: This position is bonus eligible.

Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible.

Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.



Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.


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