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Ci Specialist

CTI Education Group

This is a Full-time position in Fort Collins, CO posted November 22, 2021.

Job Description
– CI SPECIALIST (2102962)

– 2102962

Position Purpose:

Under the direction of and reporting to the Continuous Improvement Manager, the Continuous Improvement Specialist will teach and mentor New Members, Greenbelts, Champions and Woodward’s general Membership on the principles of Lean/Six Sigma.

The CI Specialist will partner with Process Owners and Champions to facilitate training and improvement workshops using Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.

The CI Specialist will support a One Woodward approach to Lean/Six Sigma.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with members of the organization (including customer and suppliers) to identify and implement process improvements using Six Sigma, Lean and Kaizen methodologies.
  • Lead and/or facilitate workshops, projects and project reviews for Woodward members.
  • Coordinate and lead process improvement training for Woodward members and suppliers.
  • Track and report project results to leadership team as appropriate.

    Interface cross-functionally with internal members and/or external clients.

  • Assist in leveraging improvements to other programs and business units as requested.
  • Develop and maintain best practices.

    Share and communicate the best practices throughout the organization with written and verbal communications.

  • Assist in maintaining and enhancing the Six Sigma tools that will provide a process improvement knowledge library to the Woodward membership.
  • Become knowledgeable about state of the art business trends, management process techniques and measurement tools through continuing education.
  • Train, coach and mentor Level 1 CI Specialists.

    Offer technical expertise and guidance in project reviews.

Other Functions:

  • Minimum of 20% travel time will be required (both domestically and internationally) to support other business unit’s process improvement activities and may include travel to customers and suppliers.
  • Expected to complete Six Sigma projects with QDRC savings impacts.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Working Environment / Physical Activities:

  • Telephone, desktop and/or laptop computer, copy machine and fax.
  • Digital display unit and digital camera.
  • Six Sigma, Lean and Kaizen training modules and materials.

    general workshop supplies for process mapping, simulations, brainstorming, etc.

  • Participates in a regular 40 hour work schedule with overtime as required to meet business objectives.
  • Work is generally performed in a normal work environment; however, the job may take the member into various areas of the plant where there is possible exposure to noise, chemical solutions, dust and temperatures above 80 degrees F.
  • Some direct supervision will be required.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Six Sigma, Lean and Kaizen methodologies to identify and implement process improvements.
  • Technical competency in Lean Six-Sigma skills: DMAIC, BTO, Lean, Kaizen, project management techniques.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving skills, conflict resolution skills, excellent oral and written communication skills (including listening skills) and consistent attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan and manage workshops, projects and training sessions effectively.
  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams in workshops, projects and effectively speak before groups.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data collection, metrics and the use of performance targets in tracking process improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate WISE and extract information from WISE for data collection purposes.
  • Ability to influence change in a positive spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize workload with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated formal/informal leadership skills.

Education or Formal Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent technical degree required.
  • Six Sigma Blackbelt Trained required(certification highly desired).
  • Complete Six Sigma Blackbelt certification requirements within 18 months of entering position.
  • Additional process improvement training (Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen training are preferred).

Experience Required:

  • Minimum three years exposure to manufacturing and quality business processes (transactional or operational).
  • Minimum of three years process improvement experience (Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen) with demonstrated track record of results.
  • Experience with statistical software required (SPC, XL, Minitab or equivalent).

    Woodward offers an extensive Total Reward package for this position, including:

    Estimated pay: $85,149.00
    – $106,436.00

    Sick Time / Short Term Disability / Bereavement / Adoption Assistance / Vacation / 401(k) Match

    Stock Contribution after 2 years / Tuition Reimbursement / Employee Assistance Program

    Long Term Disability / Member Life & AD&D / Family and Medical Leave / Member Optional Life

    Spouse/Child Optional Life / Optional AD&D / Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending

    Home Auto Insurance / Whole Life Insurance / Critical Illness Insurance / Legal Plan / Military Leave

    Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance / Pandemic Leave / Variable Incentive Plan / Vacation Buy-up

    This information is provided in compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and is the company’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation range and benefits offered for this position.

    The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons.

  • Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets.

    Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment.

    Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment.

    The company’s innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment.

    Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

    Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans


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