The Estee Lauder Companies Continuous Improvement Supervisor in Blaine, Minnesota

Continuous Improvement Supervisor

Brand: Aveda


Position Purpose:

The CI Supervisor works in collaboration with all departments to support the business to improve and simplify existing processes. This role delivers sustainable operational improvements in safety, quality, efficiency, and productivity by participating in or leading projects, and additionally ensures that new processes contain and use continuous improvement methodologies. The CI Supervisor may engage exempt and non-exempt employees across all shifts and functional departments in the CI process and delivers appropriate LEAN/CI education for creating and sustaining a CI culture.

Description of Duties:

  1. Utilizes PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) and DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) methodologies to actively participate in continuous improvement projects that impact safety, quality, efficiency, and/or productivity.

  2. Apply E3 concept (Engage, Enable, and Empower) within project activities to ensure project sustainability with work force.

  3. Provide support to production compounding supervisors and/or other managers that could include but is not limited to Quality, Distribution, Warehouse, Tech Services, and others to deliver operational improvements using Lean and continuous improvement methodology and tools simplify existing processes.

  4. Assist in identifying LEAN/CI needs and help develop implementation plans with Production and CI directors provide the updating of the Lean project hopper/ tracker.

  5. Provide monthly report out to Lena Director on projects status within department.

  6. Participate in preparing LEAN/CI training's to hourly Supervise shift personnel when needed and exempt employees as required Support assist when needed with compounding activities to ensure timely completion of production schedule.

  7. Support and enforce corporate and department procedures/policies for manufacturing operations including batch making procedures and quality requirements.

  8. Participate in monthly reporting regarding metrics, performance, and progress under the directions Support and enforce personnel policies, codes of Process Improvement Director. Collect and conduct preliminary analysis in preparation and expectations for meeting with appropriate Management. Represent division/department as needed at LEAN/CI events. Supervised staff.

  9. Supervise and enforce corporate safety policies and safe work practices.

  10. Other duties as assigned.



Two years of college or technical school preferred. Coursework including math, science and computer applications, preferred.


Minimum of 2-3 years of lead/supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment. Minimum 2-5 years manufacturing experience; previous compounding, filling, and assembly experience. Lean and/or Six Sigma certified, or the ability to complete Lean and/or Six Sigma training. Able to use appropriate Lean tools to support CI projects and understands foundational aspects of Lean.

Other Essential Skills/Requirements:

Professional communication skills and proven leadership capabilities. Spreadsheet, Word-Processing and SAP skills. Safety Training. HazMat Training. Supervisory Training. Working knowledge and mechanical aptitude with chemical processing equipment. Problem solving/troubleshooting. Must be available up to 50 hours/week.

Job: Manufacturing - Supply Chain

Primary Location: Americas-US-MN-Blaine

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 2nd (Afternoon) Shift

Travel: No

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Number: 1817003