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Continuous Improvement Manager

Magna International

This is a Contract position in Bradford, ON posted November 17, 2022.


Job Number: 51422 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Dortec – Bradford 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 


Group Description

The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML’s expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.


Role Summary

The Continuous Improvement Manager is accountable to support the Company in the achievement of both financial and operational objectives, as well as lead a cross-functional team to implement Continuous Improvement activities based on our Magna Factory Concept MAFACT.  This position is also responsible to conduct internal assessments, create improvement plans, and lead LEAN reviews.

Key Responsibilities


MAFACT (Magna Factory Concept) Assessment & Improvement Plans:

  • Create improvement plan including monthly implementation tracking for all MAFACT sections; present MAFACT status at monthly General Meeting: Score, Status CI Projects, Employee suggestions.
  • Coordination of MAFACT implementation/ sustaining.

CI Cost Savings & Problem Solving:

  • Lead & Tracking of Significant CI Projects; Problem Solving Training including A3, PDCA, Identify/ support Top 3 Improvement Projects per Department of the division, 5Why Problem Solving
  • Train Company’s employees in Problem Solving.
  • Overall A3 drives selection of all CI activities (division A3 & department A3´s).

Shopfloor & KAIZEN:

  • Advanced process knowledge of core processes of the division; weekly Gemba Walk by following the complete material flow; conduct minimum one KAIZEN workshop per month. Small but continuous improvement steps – everybody, everywhere and everyday.
  • Problem solving “at the source”, Managing by Facts and Figures, encourage measurable improvements.


  • Create/ revisit Standardized Work for a high runner; identify and track significant improvement of performance related KPI via SW.  SW rollout in the division.
  • Initiate/ revisit TPM for a high runner, identify and track significant improvement via TPM. Rollout TPM.
  • Promote and introduce 5S as a culture set the basics for Standardized Work, TPM, Material Management and LPA – Introduce/ support sense of responsibility to maintain systems in the division.
  • Create VSM for the most important value stream in the division, create a VSM roadmap to cover all high-runners and consequently work on VSM Current-Future-PDCA; Introduce/ Support PULL principle in the division, identify and track significant improvements via VSM.
  • Initiate “Train the Trainer” programs:  provide training and coaching in the division for MAFACT & Lean principles.
  • MAFACT Simulation Training: train all team-leaders at the division; create and follow training plan to train all shopfloor personnel and process engineers.

Visualization & Transparency:

  • Implement/ control MAFACT boards according to MAFACT Guideline.
  • Setup MAFACT Improvement Board according to the MAFACT Assessment and results.
  • Implement/ support GQS 06 Daily Fast Response.
  • Ensure KPI management at all departments.
Key Qualifications/Requirements

5 to less than 7 years of work related experience

Project management experience

Experience with Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement & Production Systems

Six Sigma

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Layered Process Audit (LPA)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Standardized Work

Additional Information

Accommodations for disabilities in relation to the job selection process are available upon request.

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