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Quality Improvement Facilitator

Company Name:
Gerdau
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. Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.
We believe 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 growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. We see 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 as a measure of performance.

Gerdau is currently seeking a Quality Improvement Facilitator for its Fort Smith, AR facility.

Position Overview:
This position will assist the site Improvement Facilitators, Routine Facilitators, department superintendents, and plant management in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of all improvement aspects within the melt shop. 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 the GBS, and act as a change agent to help achieve a higher level of results within the assigned location by utilizing and implementing improvement processes

Responsibilities:
Maintain goal and project data bases. Perform trend analysis on the performance data as well as identify commonalities within the data.
Participate and contribute to the achievement of department goals including goal setting.
Facilitate training sessions for all employees on the improvement methodologies, tools, policies, practices, and processes.
Develop and coach employees on capabilities and knowledge in the application of the QIS methodology and participate (as needed) in QIS events.
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.
Identify and solve chronic/repetitive problems and failures as well as reduce process variation.
Assist with the development of the Annual Action Plan, and the administration of established policies, practices, and procedures.
Prepare and approve standards from CAPEX and improvement initiatives.
Implement and coordinate CAPEX projects, and Annual Action Plan Improvement Projects.
Oversee, contribute to, and support daily improvement management activities, which include providing timely and accurate cost estimates on proposed improvement efforts.
Provide consulting services to the departments on improvement methodologies and tools. Design new and revamp existing structures, systems, and equipment.
Provide support in implementation, maintenance, and follow up on the vertical and horizontal help chain.
Assist with all safety activities.

Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science or related engineering field required
4 years' experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment with exposure to standardization and production quality methods required
Working knowledge of steel manufacturing methods and techniques involving the use of heavy mill machinery and related equipment required
Previous qualifying experience in scrap processing, melting, casting, rolling, maintenance, finishing, shipping/warehouse operations, and supervisory/facilitation a must.
Must have excellent communication, leadership, coaching and problem solving skills
Advanced software skills in MS Office (i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.
Prior experience with AS400 or SAP (or similar database) a plus!

Gerdau offers opportunities for advancement in an ever challenging, high-tech environment. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to grow with a world-class, multinational company. We recognize the contributions of our team members and provide opportunities for advancement.
Gerdau offers excellent benefits that start the FIRST DAY OF EMPLOYMENT!
Medical and Prescription
Dental
Vision
Health and Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
401K
Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
Health Advocate Services
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition Reimbursement Program

Gerdau is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to diversifying its workforce. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.

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