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Marvin Continuous Improvement Engineer in Northwood, Iowa


At Marvin, we make windows and doors inspired by how you live so you're inspired to live well. We are driven by the momentum of four generations of innovation and excellence to imagine and create better ways of living. Our business reaches across the nation and our products are represented around the world. With our commitment to our local communities and to providing innovative solutions using new technology, we are always looking for ways to move our people, as well as our business, forward.

Our company, TruStile is transforming interior design with high quality, made-to-order, well-designed interior doors. We are also designing a great place to work — a place where innovative, driven, diverse people are recognized and rewarded for their performance and dedication. We are hiring a highly motivated Continuous Improvement Engineer to join our team. This position will conduct our formalized Continuous Improvement events and projects for the Northwood, IA Plant.


The Continuous Improvement (C.I.) Engineer must be proficient in understanding objectives and be capable of developing a plan to meet them. This individual must be able to execute the following:

  • Collect, utilize, and develop production metrics to identify waste reduction opportunities.

  • Plan, coordinate, and organize resources to drive process improvements within the plant.

  • Implement improvement projects with the use of Kaizen, Six Sigma, TPM, SMED, 5-S, Standard Work, and other Continuous Improvement tools.

  • Proficient in Inventor and sourcing skills to bring drawings to the table with a cost association.

  • Ability to implement and lead events using the following tools: time studies, project charters, spaghetti diagrams, Yamazumi charts, use and create Lean value stream mapping charts, Gemba Boards, process balancing, single piece flow, job kiting, Heijunka, and ability to read and understand 6-sigma charts.

  • Collaborate with CI Manager and take direction on critical opportunities.

  • Develop ROI justification for Improvement Projects and Capital Projects.

  • Ability to present ideas and plans to all levels within the organization.

  • Work with all levels of the organization both in the office and on the production floor.

Leadership Skills

The C.I. Engineer must be a strong leader of lean practices, regardless of the skillset of the individual being led. In the area of leadership, it is essential that the C.I. Engineer:

  • Foster an environment where open and honest communication is necessary to drive waste out of our processes.

  • Effectively deal with difficult issues as they arise.

  • Effectively challenge current state to drive towards improved processes and results.

  • Strong floor presence built with a hands-on approach to problem identification and problem-solving activities on the plant floor.

  • Ability to collect data in preparation for lean events.

Management Skills

The C.I. Engineer needs to be a strong communicator, with excellent follow up and time management skills. This individual must organize and prioritize projects, with the guidance of CI Manager to effectively execute our C.I. initiatives. To do this, a C.I. Engineer must:

  • Possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Be able to multi-task and successfully manage multiple projects at the same time.

  • Effectively escalate and work through project constraints and changes to timelines.

  • Have strong computer and data population skillset.

  • Be able to collect proper current state data to set a current state or baseline.

  • Be able to collect, analyze, report and react to before and after data to set KPI’s


  • 4 yr. degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Equivalent Industrial Engineering Experience.

  • 2-5 Years of experience in leading, and implementing, Continuous Improvement projects, Kaizen Events, 5S Events, TPM Events and SMED Events

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills to help train and educate employees in lean principles and tools.

  • Proven organizational skills, strong project management, and ability to work in a team and as an individual.

  • Possess strong problem-solving skills using collected data.

  • Extensive knowledge in Lean tools such as Standard Work, Kaizen, 5-S, PDCA, SMED, TPM, Standard Work, Standard Leader Work and other statistical tools as needed.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification is preferred.