Industrial Continiuous Improvement Champion (Hub Central Europe)

Job location:
Graz, Austria
Created moment:
September 6, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 07542

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Industrial Continiuous Improvement Champion (Hub Central Europe)

Job Summary

As Industrial Continuous Improvement (CI) Champion your role will be to support the Imerys Industrial Improvement Program (I-Cube) across Imerys Performance Minerals mines and mineral processing operations in the Hub Central Europe (Austria, Germany, Belgium). 

By empowering and enabling people, you are expected to demonstrate a strong visible leadership to make your perimeter more competitive, safer, more customer oriented and unified. You will promote best industrial rituals and operational discipline to deliver sustainable visible changes on the field.

This is a feeder role for our future top operations managers. After a successful period in this position we expect you to grow into Operations roles.


The Continuous Improvement (CI) Champion is a key position of industrial change management deployment and supports - together with Hub team - the Operation and Site Managers in the Hub in the following tasks:

  • Coordinates cross-functional teams to define and execute continuous improvement programs in order to improve cost competitiveness and efficiency of processes, practices and organizations

  • Deploys, supports and sustains the Imerys Industrial Improvement program (I-Cube) program within the processing plants and mines of the Hub by optimizing the operations and by generating margin improvement

  • Promotes implementation of industrial basics like: Gemba walk, Rituals of Management, 5S.

  • Cultivates and promotes a strong continuous improvement culture by establishing detailed continuous improvement initiatives to generate savings vs. budget with the cooperation of the Site managers.  

  • Monitors progress of continuous improvement projects and related savings, including process management improvement, process modification, and energy optimization by implementing, promoting and tracking the Saving Roadmap, OEE and all industrial  KPIs and routines 

  • Project Management: Follow-up on agreed-to projects to monitor the progress of planned improvements and to assure timely action, appropriate management support, and achievement of expected benefits

  • Maintains and creates appropriate documentation for reports, project execution, and data analysis.

  • Lead site CI Assessments and regular updates of site CI roadmap in support of global CI roadmap.


  • Master’s degree in Mining, Process, Material or Chemical Engineering

  • Professional Experience: 

    • Ideally 2-3 years’ experience in Project Management, Operations Management or Operational Excellence Program Management 

    • Entry level position for talents with a keen interest in CI and efficiency improvements

  • Language: fluent in both German and English (written and oral) 

  • Good CI culture and able to learn very fast lean manufacturing methods (e.g. project management, Kaizen, 6-sigma, value stream mapping, working capital optimization)

  • Green belt is a plus

  • Strong analytical and problem solver skills

  • Able to quickly develop technical / process expertise

  • Ability to positively influence teams in a matrix organization

  • Ability to travel 40% of the time


The successful candidate who demonstrates a track record of success in the Operational Excellence Engineer role in his first years will be rewarded with future opportunities in the organization, depending on their background, interests, and opportunities that emerge.


We offer a professional career by a world leader in mineral specialties for industry, with competitive salaries and additional benefits based on your performance, experience and qualification. The employment is in accordance with the collective salary and wage agreement for employees of the mining industry (G IV) The monthly salary is paid 14 times p.a. We offer a higher compensation depending on your expertise and skills.

  • Flexible working time

  • Comprehensive education & training opportunities

  • several benefits like lunch allowances, free fruits, events, ...

  • Home office

  • International environment

Come and join a winning team!

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.