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Process Improvement Engineer

Date Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau


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.



At Gerdau our employees are the best in the business. We have high standards and our employees constantly strive to reach even higher levels of success. Gerdau's growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, total safety in the workplace, a commitment to our stakeholders, employees, and communities, and profit.  Gerdau’s rewards are designed to start you off on your career with a balanced picture for both your short-term goals and your long-term success.


Process Improvement Engineer


This position will assist the site Process Improvement Engineers, Supervisors, Department Managers, and plant management in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of all improvement aspects within their area of responsibility. The major role of this job is to focus on continuous improvement and integration of improvement principles, technical and engineering principles, identifying best practices, consistent application of Gerdau’s business systems, and act as a change agent to help achieve a higher level of results within the assigned location by utilizing and implementing improvement processes.  This position serves in a material manufacturing processes advisory capacity with no direct reports. Serves as a coach to all production and maintenance employees, and plant management. Primary responsibility and accountability rests with higher levels of supervision.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration or Material Science
  • 5 to 7 years’ experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment
  • Exposure to standardization and production quality methods
  • Exposure to 5S initiatives, failure analysis, results management, QIS, 6 Sigma and other process improvement methodologies
  • Advanced working knowledge of steel manufacturing methods and techniques involving the use of heavy mill machinery and related equipment. 
  • Previous Melt Shop / Furnace experience is REQUIRED. 
  • An advanced knowledge of the business system and the use of complex technical and engineering processes.
  • Ability to train people and serve as a coach to employees
  • Solid presentation abilities combined with good interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
  • 100% Matching 401K up to 6%
  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Health Advocate Services
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Career Path System and Training
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create


Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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