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Group Continuous Improvement Manager (Group I3 Manager)

Job location : Paris , France
Created moment : 11/19/2020 - 01:00
Job reference : REQ - 03540

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and 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

Group Continuous Improvement Manager (Group I3 Manager)

Job Summary


  • Develop Imerys Industrial Improvement system, certify people in charge of continuous improvement, provide expertise, organize knowledge sharing at Group level to ensure continuous improvement mindset generalization

  • Leads the audits schedule to ensure the compliance of continuous improvement program implementation and sustainability.

  • Ensure the development of a project management and data driven approach thanks to color belts development 


  • Imerys Industrial Improvement system referent included evolutions

  • Promote the use of appropriate methodologies/tools in his/her fields of activities (Lean manufacturing, 6 sigmas…) 

  • Through the continuous improvement audit Program that he/she manages, make sure Imerys Industrial Improvement system is implemented in a sustainable way (2 pillars of I3 : working conditions & margin improvement). Identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations to management.

  • Provide expertise in Continuous improvement methodologies in key field of competency (Lean manufacturing, Lean 6 sigma, WCM…)

  • Deliver skills development paths on Continuous Improvement, tools, technics & methodologies at various levels of the organization.

  • With Group Continuous improvement VP, take part to the recruiting process for Business Areas (BA), validate the final BA candidates for continuous improvement champions. Is the second official validator for Group I3 certification.

  • With Group Continuous improvement VP, organize specific events cross Business areas to distribute know-how & share good practices (Operations population)

  • At the interface with the Purchasing team, identify collective needs of supports for cross functional initiatives and implement solutions to address this needs

  • Also work with the Industry 4.0 team, industry 4.0 ( especially data analytics ) being seen as an enhancement of CI methodologies.


  • Industrial Continuous Improvement system evolution

  • Savings generation & margin improvement

  • Continuous Improvement audit program achievement

Key Competencies

  • Strong Continuous Improvement culture and methods (project management, Kaizen, 6-sigma, Lean, WCM…)

  • Strong Analytical skills & Problem solver

  • Strong Project Management skills

  • Ability to positively influence teams in a matrix organization

  • Green / Black belt

  • Ability to deliver training sessions and very good competencies in terms of facilitation and event organization.

  • Strong people management skills more specifically without any direct authority, network animator

  • Ability to manage a large number of topics in parallel

  • Ability to adapt to different cultures

  • Interest in Industry 4.0 domain

Ideal background/ experience

  • Top Engineering school (Grande école in France) or Top University (in other countries)

  • Good level of English (B2 minimum)

  • around 10 years experience in Operations Management (at least one operational position in manufacturing) & Operational Excellence program management (in an industrial Group or consulting firm)

  • Coming from companies recognized for continuous improvement, preferably in the process industry

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.

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