Quality/Continuous Improvement Engineer

The Quality/CI Engineer has overall responsibility for leading and driving Quality and Continuous Improvement (CI) across the entire Watts Spindale site.? Trains, coaches and directly applies lean/Quality tools and principles to all business functions within Watts value streams.? This person will work with site leadership to achieve significant improvements to business processes that are linked to site strategy and focused on the customer, resulting in balanced scorecard improvements



  • Assures compliance to codes and standards

  • Plans and conducts the analysis, design, test, and/or integration to assure the quality of products and components

  • Participates in the New Product Development Stage Gate Reviews to ensure built-in quality during design stage

  • Works with suppliers to ensure quality of all purchased parts for company use

  • Interfaces with procurement, engineering, manufacturing, customer, or suppliers to coordinate and resolve quality-related problems

  • Develops and implements methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material, product or process quality and reliability

  • Implements and manages the company?s corrective action system

  • Prepares reports and scorecards to communicate results of quality assurance activities

  • Is the primary contact for all customer related quality issues

Continuous Improvement

  • In Conjunction with Plant Manager; lead and manage all standardized CI/Quality activities across the site, aligned with the Watts Performance System

  • Act as a change agent, systematically driving a CI/Quality culture

  • Facilitate and promote use of appropriate problem solving techniques for effective root cause analysis and successful corrective action

  • Facilitate strategy deployment and goal deployment across all site functions and multiple value streams, and maintain a site-wide lean roadmap aimed at meeting site business goals, including productivity, quality, delivery and customer allegiance

  • Champion, measure and report on site productivity savings to meet AOP goals.

  • Interfaces with procurement, engineering, manufacturing, customer, or suppliers to coordinate and resolve quality-related problems

  • Train and lead kaizen and lean workshops to site leaders and associates, including VSM, daily management, standard work, problem solving, 3P/layout, cell design, material flow, TPM, SMED, 5S and visual management

  • Identify internal and external best practices, and share across the site and Watts

  • Participate on the site CI steering committee and facilitate the development and maintenance of an ongoing project funnel, being filled from all areas of the business


  • Bachelor?s degree; technical engineering discipline

  • Formal CI/Quality training and certification (ASQ CQM or Lean Sigma Belt Certification)

  • Minimum of 5 years of hands-on lean kaizen, including VSM, daily management, standard work, cell design, material flow, TPM, SMED, 3P/layout, 5S and visual management




While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


  • Work in office environment

  • May occasionally be required to perform job duties outside the typical office setting.

As required by the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA)


  • Quality/Lean experience from a company with a strong, formal business system

  • Solid Quality/lean tool technical skills, project management experience and decision-making capability

  • Minimum of 5 years manufacturing experience in a machining/assembly environment

  • Working knowledge of multiple business functions, including operations, logistics, finance, sales, customer service, engineering, IT and human resources

  • Experience leading strategy deployment and goal deployment, and developing a site-side CI/Quality improvement roadmap with demonstrated results

  • Experience training and coaching a formal problem-solving methodology

  • Proven track record leading and coaching week-long kaizen teams with an emphasis on execution

  • Ability to influence cross-functional site leadership, with excellent written and verbal communication skills; well respected by leadership and associates

  • Ability to effectively lead and manage change

  • Hands-on approach

  • Advanced computer proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

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