Continuous Improvement Manufacturing Consultant


Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2015 certified premier consulting organization working with medium-sized and smaller manufacturing enterprises to help them compete and grow profitably. The organization also serves as the “voice” for the industry, raising visibility and appreciation for the value manufacturers provide to their communities and the state’s economy. The organization’s affiliation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) further positions them to offer clients leading-edge services to improve manufacturing operations and grow their businesses.

Position Profile:

Experienced professional guiding manufacturing clients and project teams to improve operational efficiency, productivity, and profitability. The role requires thorough knowledge of Lean Principles and other process improvement methodologies and problem-solving skills. A key result of practical application in manufacturing environments is a CI culture.


  • Advise client CEOs and lead client teams to successfully put into practice initiatives that achieve measurable results.
  • Assess current production processes and identify areas for improvement using Lean tools and techniques.
  • Work with management and employees to identify and eliminate waste and streamline production processes.
  • Train employees on Lean principles, tools, and techniques to promote a continuous improvement culture.
  • Facilitate kaizen events to drive rapid improvement and engage employees in the improvement process.
  • Develop and implement standard work processes, visual management systems, and other Lean tools to support process improvement.
  • Conduct process audits and monitor progress to ensure the success of Lean initiatives.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive integration of Lean principles throughout the organization.
  • Develop and deliver presentations on Lean topics to educate and engage employees, customers, prospects, and stakeholders.
  • Stay current with industry trends and developments in Lean methodologies.
  • Collaborate with the business development colleagues supporting the sales process: conduct discovery, scope projects, develop proposals, respond to client queries.
  • Identify and expand complementary services, develop colleagues and content, ensure accuracy, brand standards, and professionalism.

Skills, Competencies, Experience:

  • Demonstrated track record of successfully collaborating and consulting with CEOs/owners; implementing continuous improvement principles, tools and techniques; assessing business environment, solving problems, and recommending solutions.
  • Ten+ years’ experience in manufacturing company functions (executive, operations, engineering etc.).
  • Strong communication (written, verbal, and presentation) skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to lead/facilitate cross-functional teams as well as be an individual contributor.
  • Desire, passion, and experience working with teams to drive the success of goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in technical field (advanced degree is a plus).

Enterprise Minnesota’s culture is made up of enterprising, independent, experienced and collaborative people who are dedicated to achieving business success for our clients, and the growth of our organization. Consultants travel only within the state of Minnesota, and about 60% to 75% time.

Enterprise Minnesota is an EEO employer.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing interest/fit for the position to [email protected] or use the link below.