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Continuous Improvement Leader

O-I Glass

O-I Glass

Muskogee, OK, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Company Description

Remember the last time you opened a bottle of champagne, a cold beer after a hard day’s work or a bottle of sparkling mineral water to quench the thirst, well it was probably made by us, we are O-I and we love that we make more glass containers than anyone in the world.

O-I has more than a century of experience crafting pure, sustainable, brand-building glass packaging for many of the world’s best-known food and beverage brands. We are proud to provide high quality glass packaging for beer, wine, spirits, food, non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Why do you want to apply?

If you are looking for a small-town environment without the hustle and bustle of the big city, this is the place for you. Our Muskogee plant is conveniently located within an hours’ drive of many lakes that offer a multitude of options for the outdoor enthusiast.

Job Description

As a Continuous Improvement Leader, you will be responsible for identifying and completing projects and key initiatives through the use of Lean, Six Sigma, and Project Management process improvement methodologies. You will work with senior leadership, managers, supervisors, engineering, and quality teams to ensure the Continuous Improvement program is deployed effectively. You will also work closely with the Regional Continuous Improvement Leader to identify and drive Lean and Six Sigma initiatives that result in performance and customer satisfaction improvement.

The Continuous Improvement Leader will:

  • Develop Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma methodologies in the day-to-day operations.
  • Facilitate process improvement teams and provide counsel and assistance to the project team leaders.
  • Ensure Lean and Six Sigma principles are appropriately taken into consideration at all stages of process improvement projects.
  • Ensure through audits that tools are used appropriately and effectively.
  • Develop and maintain the plant’s annual 12-months rolling lean implementation plan based on the strategic plan.
  • Promote the use of metrics and data to drive project focus.
  • Lead workshops resulting in tangible Key Performance Indicator improvements.
  • Contribute to the Continuous Improvement network development and ensure two-way communication throughout the continuous improvement organization.
  • Understand all environmental and safety policies and the significant impact of job activities.
  • Act as a change agent to instill a Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement culture.

The Continuous Improvement Leader should have:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to train on methodologies at all levels of the organization.
  • A demonstrated understanding of Lean Principles (Value Stream Mapping, Just-In-Time, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, Kaizen, Statistical Problem Solving).
  • Thorough understanding of Lean Tools (Standardized Work, 5S, SMED, TPM, Kanban, MIFA, Error Proofing).
  • Thorough understanding of the DMAIC Methodology and key statistical methods commonly used in Six Sigma.
  • Strong facilitation skills and excellent interpersonal communication.
  • Proven ability to coach, mentor, and energize team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a team environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or related field required
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification required, Black Belt preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of project facilitation/project management
  • Previous lean manufacturing experience

Additional Information

What we offer at O-I:

Salary Range: The expected salary range for this position is between $95,000 - $119,000 and includes a possible 15% quarterly incentive bonus. Actual pay will be adjusted based upon candidate experience and other job-related factors permitted by law.

O-I offers a very generous benefit package – some of the highlights are:

  • Vacation time and paid holidays
  • Medical, dental, prescription and vision care coverage
  • Pre-tax accounts
  • Well-being program which includes opportunity to earn employer contributions
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) retirement saving plans with employer contributions
  • Financial advisors to assist with retirement planning and financial wellness
  • Employee Assistance Program

O-I is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other protected category.

Qualified individuals with disabilities or disabled veterans who are unable or limited in their ability to apply on this stie may request reasonable accommodations by emailing [email protected].