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Process Improvement Engineer II - Finishing End

Date Posted: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

The major role of this job is to identify opportunities for improvement in processes, products, and production within the area of responsibility. These duties will include the development and implementation of new as well as adjusting existing standards, structures, systems, and equipment. This position is responsible to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of all improvement aspects within their area of responsibility. Incumbent will be responsible for reaching improvement through the application of the available methods and tools provided through GBS and improvement principles in conjunction with the use of technical and engineering principles. Responsible for coordinating improvement activities directly with the appropriate Superintendent, Routine Facilitator, and staff within area of responsibility.




  1. Maintain goal and project data bases. Perform trend analysis on the performance data as well as identify commonalities within the data.
  2. Participate and contribute to the achievement of department goals including goal setting.     
  3. Facilitate training sessions for all employees on the improvement methodologies, tools, policies, practices, and processes.


  1. Develop and coach employees on capabilities and knowledge in the application of the QIS methodology and participate (as needed) in QIS events.
  2. Collaborate with Routine Facilitators on subjects pertaining to the GBS processes, improvement standards, CAPEX standards, audits, 5S initiatives, failure analysis, results management, QIS, FA, 6 Sigma, and other process improvement methodologies.
  3. Identify and solve chronic/repetitive problems and failures as well as reduce process variation.
  4. Assist with the development of the Annual Action Plan, and the administration of established policies, practices, and procedures.
  5. Prepare and approve standards from CAPEX and improvement initiatives.
  6. Implement and coordinate CAPEX projects, and Annual Action Plan Improvement Projects.
  7. Oversee, contribute to, and support daily improvement management activities, which include providing timely and accurate cost estimates on proposed improvement efforts.
  8. Provide consulting services to the departments on improvement methodologies and tools. Design new and revamp existing structures, systems, and equipment.
  9. Provide support in implementation, maintenance, and follow up on the vertical and horizontal help chain.
  10. Assist with all safety activities.


Qualifications for this position include:

  • Four year college degree in Engineering, Business Administration or Material Science or minimum of 5 to 10 years experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment with exposure to standardization and production quality methods.
  • Strong working knowledge of steel manufacturing methods and techniques involving the use of heavy mill machinery and related equipment.
  • Previous qualifying experience in rolling, maintenance, finishing, shipping/warehouse operations, and supervisory/facilitation a must.
  • Successful candidate will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the business system and the use of complex technical and engineering processes.
  • Requires the ability to train people and serve as a coach to employees.
  • Possess solid presentation abilities combined with good interpersonal and organizational skills.

Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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