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Continuous Improvement Co-op

Continuous Improvement Co-op

Requisition ID 
Job Locations 
US-IL-Bedford Park
Job Family 
Operational Excellence (OE)

More information about this job


Position Location: Argo Plant - Bedford Park, IL

Business Unit: North America


Primary Function

The Continuous Improvement Engineer Co-op will work with a Mentor to gain valuable real-world experience in issues that impact business processes. This role will support Lean Six Sigma manufacturing methodologies, as well as facilitating an operational culture of Lean thinking.


Key Deliverables


  • Works with LSS Practitioners and Continuous Improvement Teams to understand and build organizational strengths.
  • Support in the facilitation of project selection workshop. Lead a CI project.
  • Maintain and update plant CI site including the development of standard site template, and instructions for site maintenance.
  • Work with internal resources on the development and consolidation of Lean Six Sigma toolkit database for the site
  • Participate in root cause analysis that utilizes team problem solving approach to resolve issues identified in design or manufacturing, and supports execution of corrective actions.
  • Lead small Kaizen events / workshops and process improvement teams.
  • Utilize data analysis tools to identify improvement opportunities in different areas. 
  • Assist with the facilitation of idea generation workshops with operators and management.
  • Collaborates across business and functional units in the region to ensure alignment of improvement initiative.
  • Work as part of a technical group in a multi-cultural and diverse work environment to accomplish a common goal.

Knowledge, Skills, and Requirements:


  • Completed at least two years of coursework towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering and have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Assertive, creative, energetic, and positive thinking
  • Demonstrate analytical problem solving skills
  • Developed multi-tasking and time management skills
  • PC skilled with word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet experience
  • Eligibility for work in the U.S without sponsorship required. Reliable transportation to the plant is required


Desired behavior, personal attributes,(Success Drivers And Competencies):


  • Demonstrated leadership capability and the ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work as part of a team with strong leadership, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, strong work ethic, attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as a team member with a variety of people at all levels within the organization
  • Proactive and innovative with a strong will to succeed