Director, Continuous Improvement (Morristown, NJ)
Morristown, NJ 
Posted 6 days ago
Job Description
Director, Continuous Improvement (Morristown, NJ)
Job ID10151
Morristown, NJ
Operations (Morristown)
Metals Management
Full-Time Regular
Bachelors Degree
Minimum 7 Years

Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste ("EfW") facilities safely convert approximately 21 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle over 500,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today's most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit .

Information on our facilities is available at . For career opportunities, visit . Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability EEO is the Law Poster (The poster can be found at Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

It is not often that a role comes along providing you with the opportunity to play a pivotal role in a groundbreaking event. Covanta has embarked on its Continuous Improvement journey and we are seeking high potential A-players to help create and implement the CI strategy from ground zero. As an experienced Lean Six Sigma practitioner with a history of leading change, you will want to be a part of the team that will set the foundation for Covanta's Continuous Improvement initiative.

The Director of Continuous Improvement - will lead and direct the implementation of structured improvement processes to ensure strategic, operational and tactical improvements are realized throughout the organization. The position will ensure improvement projects directly improve EBITDA and follow rigorous/thoughtful change management discipline to ensure all stakeholder needs are managed appropriately. Scope will include both transformational and incremental improvement projects in the following areas: Margin enhancement, Facility operations, Asset Management, Maintenance Management, Metals Recovery, Regulatory constraint management, Waste dumping/handling cycle times, and back office operations.

This role will be based at our corporate office in Morristown, NJ.

Key responsibilities include:

*Proactively work throughout our metals' recovery operations and fleet to improve process and equipment performance. Uses Continuous Improvement philosophy to help operations outage planning and execution that aligns with business prioritizes linked to our strategy and planning at corporate.

*Lead efforts associated with equipment maintenance, repairs, and overhauls to maximize life cycle without sacrificing quality and performance at best cost.

*Leads Root-Cause-Failure Analyses (RCA/RCFA) to identify contributing factors to eliminate or greatly reduce the likelihood of repeat failures. Leverage lesson learns, develop/update documentation and train others on the latest procedures. Work with reliability and technical standard groups to ensure practices are sustained.

*Leads the development and implementation of operational excellence metrics directly related to the scope of responsibilities, including improvement reporting on equipment performance.

*Uses probability and CI concepts to improve the reliability of performance over a specified time period in harsh environment.

*Optimize, implement and maintain metal systems to ensure best results are achieved every day.

*Willingness to learn and use new/advanced tools to understand the data to improve speed and quality of decision making at leadership and team level. Develop the skills to use DMAIC, PDCA, and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) as the core improvement process, including gate reviews. Note, business case review and approval is a critical stage gate for every project.

*Optimize the revenue, cost and output of new facilities. Examples include Margin Enhancement, FLOW MFG, Value Engineering, and Maintenance Planning.

*Collaborates with leadership cross-functionally to ensure effective execution of improvement projects and realization of EBITDA impact.

*Successfully demonstrate the use of the tools and teaching others to develop sustainable improvements while working in a team environment. Note, most resources will be managed at the facility level, although a small central team might be required to work on corporate/business improvement processes, manage cross functional or transformational improvement projects or support the improvement planning process

Position Requirements:

*BS degree in Engineering: Chemical, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Industrial Engineering preferred. Exceptional candidates without a degree will also be considered

*10+ years of CI and Operations experience.
*Experience with Energy, Chemical or similar industries (industrial, manufacturing, process) is highly desired*7+ years of experience in a multi-plant and international operations leadership/management position will be a plus*Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma experience with a track record of delivering savings is required
*Master Black Belt required, or equivalent expectation and knowledge to achieve Master Black Belt certification within 12 to 18 months.
*Experience with change management.
*Financial acumen or experience will be a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
*Strong project management skills.
*Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
*Strong interpersonal and team building skills.
*Strong financial acumen and attention to detail and ability to utilize industry tools, hardware and software to successfully achieve goals.
*Understanding and ability to ensure compliance with rules, certifications and regulations.
*Knowledge of power generation, plant maintenance management, quality assurance programs, and safety programs in an operations environment preferred.

Other Requirements:
*Willing and able to travel as needed.
*Minimum 60% travel expected. Travel may exceed 75% in the initial phase of the roll out.

Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Furthermore, the company will provide qualified applicants and employees who request an accommodation due to a disability with reasonable accommodation, as required by law. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please contact the office of the VP, Diversity & Employee Engagement at: 862-345-5000.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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