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Continuous Improvement Specialist at Materion in Buffalo, New York

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:


Simply stated, Materion makes advanced materials that improve the world. We are a global leader in creating innovative, high performance engineered material solutions and services for a wide range of growth industries: high-tech consumer electronics, telecommunications, computer, commercial aerospace, defense, medical equipment, automotive electronics, industrial equipment, oil and gas, solar, industrial components and data storage.

Our products, services and expertise help enable our customers' technologies. We supply sophisticated thin film coatings for hard disk drives, specialty inorganic chemicals for solar energy panels, bio-compatible materials for implantable medical devices, specialty alloys for miniature consumer electronics components, optical filters for thermal imaging, critical components for infrared sensing technology, special materials for LEDs and much more. As the world's only integrated "mine-to-mill" supplier of beryllium-based products, we also offer beryllium, specialty engineered beryllium alloys and beryllium composites.

In 2016, we generated approx. $1B in revenue. As a team of 2,500 associates, we partner with customers in more than 50 countries. In early 2017, Materion closed on an exciting new acquisition that expands our footprint in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

For more information, please visit our website at and check out our video " Materion Is " along with other videos of our employees sharing what it means for them to work at Materion.


Reporting to the Continuous Improvement Leader, the Continuous Improvement Specialist will be responsible to lead continuous improvement initiatives throughout the plant that will positively impact customer satisfaction, quality, and performance. The Continuous Improvement Specialist will also serve as the Subject Matter Expert for continuous improvement activities and will support grow a culture of continuous improvement at the plant.


  • Implement strategic, complex process improvement projects in conjunction with goals and imperatives for increasing revenue, optimizing cycle time, reducing defect rates, and improving customer satisfaction.
  • To lead cross-facility and cross-functional project teams through the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) phases of the Six Sigma strategy. Facilitate Lean events using the lean manufacturing tools/methods. Lead the 5S Program throughout the plant.
  • Identify and remove barriers that slow or prevent the successful attainment of process yield, cycle time, defect reduction and cost goals.
  • Provide Continuous Improvement training and coaching at all levels of the plant.


  • Requires education generally equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in Business, Engineering, or other technical discipline.
  • Industrial engineering degree preferable but not required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in operations.
  • Black Belt and/or Lean Certification are a plus.