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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Traverse City, MI, US, 49684

Your career begins at Cone Drive Operations, a Timken company!  Cone Drive is located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan and boasts nearly 100 years of success in the gearing industry.


If you're ready for a challenging career that provides you with the ability to advance personally and professionally, look to Cone Drive.  Our associates make the world more productive by improving the efficiency and reliability of the machinery that keeps industry in motion. 



The Continuous Improvement Engineer is a highly visible role and interfaces with all aspects of the organization and its systems, ranging from the quote process to final shipment.  The Cone Drive leadership team has a long track record of embracing a lean culture, and this role is highly fostered by management. 



  • Identifies opportunities for process improvement, waste removal, and cost reduction.
  • Planning, facilitating, and executing continuous improvement events using Lean Six Sigma tools.
  • Teaching, leading, and coaching cross-functional teams on Lean and continues improvement methodology.
  • Working to continuously improve processes both on the production floor as well as office by leading Kaizen events and collaborating with across multiple departments.
  • Lead education and mentoring to employees on Lean principles and techniques.
  • Establishes timelines and supports product design activities to ensure manufacturing processes are developed in parallel and taken into account to support customer requirements.
  • Applies lean manufacturing techniques to facilitate TAKT, flow, and pull, reduce waste, and support a continuous improvement culture.
  • Manages cost savings program.



  • Bachelors degree in a related field; engineering degree preferred, but not required.
  • 5+ years of experience in process, operations, and business optimization.
  • Three to five years’ engineering experience in manufacturing preferred but not required.
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification.
  • Six Sigma – Certification preferred.
  • Strong facilitation & presentation skills; ability to relate to all levels of the organization and classifications of employees.
  • Experience driving cross functional teams.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office business software.
  • Experience in leading continuous improvement initiatives.

All qualified applicants shall be treated equally according to their individual qualifications, abilities, experiences and other employment standards.  There will be no discrimination due to gender or gender identity, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran/military status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 




The Timken Company, a global technology leader in engineered bearings and industrial motion, designs a growing portfolio of next-generation products for diverse industries. For 125 years, Timken has used its specialized expertise to innovate and create customer-centric solutions that increase reliability and efficiency. The company posted $4.8 billion in sales in 2023 and employs more than 19,000 people globally, operating from 45 countries. Timken is one of the World's Most Innovative Companies, according to Fast Company, and has been recognized among America's Most Responsible Companies and America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity by Newsweek, the World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere and America's Most Innovative Companies by Fortune.

Why Choose Timken?

  • Over a century of knowledge and innovation
  • A culture of top performance
  • A global, diverse environment
  • Products that contribute to a sustainable world
  • A conviction to improve communities around us
  • Competitive salary and benefits

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Nearest Major Market: Traverse City
Nearest Secondary Market: Northern Michigan

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