Continuous Improvement Manager

Date: Nov 19, 2023

Location: Harrisburg, PA, US

Company: Dorman Products

Founded and headquartered in the United States, Dayton Parts has for over a century supported the commercial vehicle market to boost driver uptime by combining the largest selection of parts with the deepest levels of service, engineering, and innovation.  Today, we have more than 3,500 employees across 28 different locations, with a family of brands that also includes SuperATV and Dorman Products. Publicly traded under the stock ticker DORM, we had revenues surpassing $1.7 billion in 2022 and over $3.5 billion in enterprise value.

We rely on everyone who works at our family of companies, regardless of role and experience, to contribute to our success. That means everyone has a unique ability to make an impact on the business and is encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. The freedom to pursue new ideas, offer different perspectives, and grow in your career is fundamental to working at Dorman.

The Operations Excellence Manager will lead, drive and focus the organization on Lean Implementation in all areas of Manufacturing. This role will instill lean/continuous improvement culture throughout the organization.


Primary Duties:

  • Facilitate cost improvement idea generation internally and externally
  • Lead problem solving training and execution across the site
  • Six Sigma problem-solving through continuous improvement projects, and events.
  • Coach/facilitate/lead site contributors to execute on OPEX strategy, solve problems, and implement solutions
  • Drive actions to ensure business objectives are met
  • Major job duties will include Leading and facilitating, and training teams in/with Lean tools such as:
    • Value Stream Mapping and Analysis
    • Kaizen Events
    • Lean 6 Projects
    • Standard Work & Process Control
    • 5S & Visual Work Place
    • Other duties as assigned



  • Extremely results oriented.
  • Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills.
  • Requires sufficient skills and experience in developing process controls and quality standards.
  • Knowledge and experience in Lean manufacturing and Continuous Improvement practices required.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and meeting all agreed deadlines.
  • Strong sense of urgency in meeting customer needs.
  • Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint software.
  • Previous SAP knowledge is a plus.

Education And/Or experience:

  • Requires a BS degree in Engineering or related field or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years in a Continuous Improvement, Lean 6 Sigma, Operational Excellence or Lean Facilitator or Manager role in a fast pace manufacturing environment.  Experience as lead facilitator for a minimum of 10 kaizen events that have delivered noteworthy improvements in productivity, working capital and quality.  Kaizen events should span Value Stream Mapping, Standard Work, and 5S at a minimum.


Dorman Products is an equal opportunity employer; we value a combination of ideas, perspectives, and cultures at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia
Nearest Secondary Market: Harrisburg

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