Continuous Improvement Engineer


TITLE: Continuous Improvement Engineer

DEPARTMENT: Operations

REPORTS TO TITLE: Process Improvement and Logistics Manager

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Continuous Improvement Engineer monitors manufacturing operations including analyzing short and long term process trends. Responsible for championing LEAN manufacturing and making process change recommendations. Responsible for identifying and executing projects to reduce product cost, improve product quality, and improve yield. Maintains and updates key metrics for continuous improvement and production efficiency. Leads continuous improvement activities by proposing performance improvements or cost reduction changes. Develop, qualify, implement, and control production processes.


  • Be a key Continuous Improvement Team member and support daily production activities.
  • Improve profitability and efficiencies of process through implementation of process improvements.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives and cost savings through application of 5S, Kaizen, LEAN, and other manufacturing techniques.
  • Serve as a “hands-on” engineer to provide technical assistance and support to Operations, Quality, Design Engineering, and Maintenance, in order to resolve manufacturing issues by way of lean concepts, problem solving, and implementing fixes to drive continuous process improvements.
  • Collaborate with cross functional areas to perform problem solving and corrective action of process and product issues.
  • Develop and design production aids, fixtures, tooling, and gages for improved production efficiency and for new product implementation.
  • Provide feedback to Product Design Engineers regarding design improvements based on manufacturability and/or customer suggestions.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with cross functional areas to ensure new products are introduced to manufacturing in an effective manner. Provide leadership as appropriate to ensure project success.
  • Provide technical coaching to manufacturing team members on manufacturing processes


  • 0-3 years of Manufacturing Engineering experience within a production environment
    Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent degree
  • Experience implementing Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Computer, 3D CAD, GD&T, and tooling design skills. SolidWorks experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Must be highly motivated, assertive, have the ability to work independently, drive ideas through to completion, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of metal forming, presses, tooling dies, problem solving, process improvement, kaizen, new product launches, and quality systems.
  • Advanced problem solving skills including root cause analysis and solution implementation.
  • Experience implementing Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Computer, 3D CAD, GD&T, and tooling design skills. SolidWorks experience preferred.
  • Offers are contingent on a pre-employment drug test. This is due federal contracts and our obligation to being a drug-free work place.

Gerber Legendary Blades is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a drug free environment. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

Full Time
Portland, Oregon 97224