Continuous Improvement Associate

Position: Continuous Improvement Associate
Location: Midwest Area Preferred / Remote (travel required)
Brand: Corporate
Segment: Operations


Job Summary:
OTC is seeking a continuous improvement associate person to help implement the continuous improvement activities and build the lean capabilities of everyone. This position implements and supports continuous improvement initiatives that bring about improvements which may include, but are not limited to safety, customer value proposition, quality, productivity, delivery, cycle, growth, margin expansion, and inventory.

Principal Accountabilities:
This position will help drive and implement the following essential functions:
  • Support the Value Stream Team in implementing lean transformation and daily management across the value stream;
  • Analyzes efficiency data to identify opportunities for improvements;
  • Plans process changes designed to improve efficiency;
  • Participates in Gemba walks, continuous improvement initiatives, standard work development /modification /adherence, flow, takt time attainment, and problem-solving abnormalities causing takt misses;
  • Execute key activities as part of Lean Transformation and daily management including tasks such as; value stream analyses, cycle time analyses, waste identification, variation reduction, time studies, line balance improvements, work place analysis and improvement, create and implement standard work, and teach/coach line leaders;
  • Support the launch of all activities needed to incorporate Lean Transformation and daily management into the Value Stream culture, including:
  • Assisting in identifying on-going training needs
  • Supporting communication of the direction of Lean Transformation and daily management initiatives to employees
  • Utilizing a change management model to help drive the lean culture transformation for the Value Stream;
  • Ensure high levels of engagement for Rapid Improvement Events and Value Stream(s)
  • Drive OpEx culture change through coaching of employees to drive lean behaviors, and follow the principles and practices of OpEx
  • Track all changes/improvements made to provide Value Stream Leadership/Management the assurance that changes are effective and lasting.
  • Execute other tasks and projects, as required.
  • Comply with the company's policies and procedures including those related to EHS and ISO.
  • Up to 50-75% travel required.


Education & Experience:
  • 1-4 years of related experience in the manufacturing or distribution industry.
  • Experience in continuous improvement (e.g. Lean, 5S, Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge in computers (MS Office).
  • Technical skills, manufacturing processes, distribution process and / or materials knowledge.
  • Demonstrated Financial acumen that provides cost estimates and capital expenditure justification as necessary, and accurately projected and tracked savings.
  • Ensured compliance with standard processes and tools, supported the value stream team to develop and follow their personal standard work (leaders and associates) that yielded a culture of system, process, and behavior discipline that provided results using lean principles.


At OTC Industrial Technologies, our employees are our greatest strength. Through investment in our people and growth from within, we believe in providing you with various opportunities to accelerate your career potential as you help us drive change to move our business forward.

For over 60 years, employing and developing the best-in-class talent has been at the forefront of our success. By coupling our teams' hands-on experience with a wide range of products from top vendors, we provide customers with the best quality products, technical application expertise, and services at the lowest possible costs.

Working with OTC Industrial Technologies is perfect for purpose-driven individuals motivated to be part of an exciting transformational company.

Perks of Working with OTC Industrial Technologies:

As part of the OTC family, you'll enjoy competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision care coverage and a 401(k) savings plan - Additionally, we offer paid time off, short-and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, tuition assistance, and Employee Assistance Program. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.