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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Date: Nov 1, 2022

Location: Ashland City, TN, US, 37015

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $3.5 billion company with over 140 years of history and 12,000+ employees. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.

With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the reach to serve customers worldwide.


A.O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, we have programs in place to help our team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future. If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build an amazing career at A. O. Smith.

Primary Function

Responsible for creating and fostering a continuous improvement environment. The role of this position will include streamlining processes, assembly lines, and work flow; identifying and implement efficiencies.


  • Utilizing engineering expertise to interact with and support cross functional teams in identification of improvement ideas
  • Gathering and analyze data to investigate and troubleshoot issues, formulate identified opportunities into actionable project concepts and plans, and lead teams through project completion.
  • Lead Lean Manufacturing initiatives employing strategies/tools to measurably improve performance—such as Kaizen, process mapping, systematic problem solving, visual management, flow, and error proofing among others
  • Ability to drive numerous continuous improvement projects simultaneously while meeting action item deliverables and schedules
  • Effectively communicate with and involve all associates, production leadership, and indirect functions
  • Performing root cause analysis and problem solving
  • Establishing standards and driving changes
  • Implementing or improving processes for productivity gains
  • Performing product costing analysis
  • Coach others in understanding and application of Lean strategies/tools
  • Identify gaps in organizational performance and lead the transformation of existing processes


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or another related discipline is required
  • A minimum of 5 years of related work experience is also required
  • Knowledge and experience managing and working with databases
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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