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Continuous Improvement Manager

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: Jackson, TN, US, 38305

Company: Gerdau


About Us

Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel, and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. 


Gerdau Long Steel North America is a leader in mini-mill steel production and steel recycling in North America, with an annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products.  Through a vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, offering a diverse and balanced product mix of merchant steel, rebar, structural shapes, fabricated steel, flat rolled steel and wire rod.


Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world-class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana.


With engineered steel bar producing capabilities in North America, Europe, Brazil, and soon to be India, the Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.


Seeking an experienced Continuous Improvement professional who shall support the company and employees to find ways to simplify, stabilize, improve and/or innovate routines and processes aiming to achieve superior results in the most significant areas. This individual will also provide the company and employees with methodology expertise, training and solutions that support their needs for leveraging results, and be the steward of the methodologies and tools. Candidate will report to the VPGM and will work closely with operational units in a steel mill environment.


General Job Function
•    Work with leaders to identify gaps and/or opportunities for improvements
•    Lead, participate or support critical projects
•    Provide training, coaching and expertise on methods and tools to support employees’ development
•    Conduct data analysis for Internal research of opportunities for improvement
•    Pursue process simplification and better productivity
•    Support the achievement of results by using a current or tailored method and or quality tool
•    Provide guidance where needed
•    Participate/Lead few critical projects at a location and/or across the organization
•    Manage and support use of Six Sigma, QIS, iThink, and Ideas
•    Coordinate Annual Action Planning and EBITDA deployment
•    Learn and apply/transfer knowledge about Lean Concepts and Tools when needed
•    Manage budgets and control costs to approved figures
•    Facilitate removal of road blocks
•    Promote exchange of best practices
•    Support the use of process stabilization and routine management 
•    Coordinate/support ISO, QS, TS processes
•    Provide software administration and training (PRG, QIS, GMR, Ideas, PRISM, etc.)
•    Support to selecting, hiring, and training personnel
•    Support leaders on performing Diagnostics when requested


Qualifications for the Position
•    Bachelor of Science Degree in: Engineering, Business Administration, or related fields or 5-7 years of applicable experience in manufacturing or support areas 
•    3-5  years of practical training pertaining to business systems use, quality tools, lean manufacturing, and statistical analysis.
•    DMAIC Green Belt, Lean Certification, Project Management (PMP) - Certifcation preferred 
•    Demonstrate a strong knowledgeof improvement methods (PDCA, DMIAC, TPM, Lean, Project Management, ISO/TS/QS, etc.) and quality tools (including problem-solving software)
•    Possesses a strong working knowledge of steel manufacturing, fabrication methods / techniques, and supporting areas of the business (Commercial, People, Finance, IT, etc.)

Salary and Benefits
•    Medical and Prescription
•    Dental
•    Vision
•    Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
•    401K
•    Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
•    Health Advocate Services
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Tuition Reimbursement Program


Application Process
Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity related to all employees and applicants for employment.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to immediately work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.

If you are vision-impaired or have some other disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Gerdau, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at (866) 788-2798 or


Nearest Major Market: Jackson
Nearest Secondary Market: Memphis