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IDEX Continuous Improvement Manager in West Henrietta, New York

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JOB TITLE: Continuous Improvement Manager

REPORTING TO: Director of Continuous Improvement

LOCATION: Rochester, New York

Who is IDEX Health & Science (IH&S)?

IDEX Health & Science, Life Science Optics – based in Rochester, New York –IDEX Health & Science’s line of products is comprised of a Light Sources Group and an Optical Systems Group. The Light Sources Group manufactures a variety of visible, low to moderate power lasers and laser-based systems uniquely designed for consistent performance. The Light Sources Group offers three basic types of lasers: gas (helium-neon and ion lasers), diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers, and semiconductor diode laser assemblies. The Optical Systems Group provides the design, prototype and low to mid volume manufacturing of custom lens assemblies and optical systems. The Optical Systems Group also specializes in the design of reliable shutter mechanisms and assemblies.

Our formula for success is simple. We work hard to maintain a culture where you can own your work; you are encouraged to try new ideas in a collaborative environment; and you can apply your skillset to enable our clients to gain a competitive advantage in their own market. At IDEX Health & Science, you have the opportunity to work with a great team of people, mentor others, and build a great future.


Reporting to the Director of Continuous Improvement for LSO, this position will participate in the successful transformation from a reactive organization to a culture of continuous improvement and problem solving. Assists the CI Director and Site Directors in training and coaching key personnel through the continuous improvement problem solving processes and establishing the culture of a learning organization.

The CI Manager will facilitate the IDEX operating model using the Toyota Kata framework to implement visual standards, lean countermeasures (i.e. Kanban, 5S, VSM), and be accountable for Learner results. Deploy methods to solve complex, interdisciplinary issues using consistent and proven methods. Responsible for collaborating and communicating initiatives with highly cross-functional teams.


  • Successfully accomplish improvements demonstrating competence in the Toyota Improvement and Coaching Kata, DMAIC methodology,

  • Perform data gathering, analysis, and validations methods for business analytics.

  • Lead Kaizen’s to teach the Toyota Kata while developing teams to solve problems cross-functionally through process mapping and leverage the high-low impact matrix to prioritize solutions.

  • Facilitate Quality Advocate Training methods for the organization.

  • Assist in developing and maintaining operational excellence and Quality KPI’s and countermeasures.

  • Actively engage and own improvements as needed by the organization.

  • Create and collaborate with user groups to strengthen the bench.

  • Lead and support other projects as assigned.


  • Education: B.S. or equivalent experience, preferably in continuous improvement, business process development, or Industrial Engineering.

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • Competency in data analytics and statistical methods.

  • Proficiency in Toyota Kata.

  • Extensive knowledge of CI tools (PDCA, Gemba Walks, 5 Whys, etc) and Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

  • Kaizen leader.

  • Change Management.

  • Expert Excel skills required.


  • JDE experience preferred.

  • Experience analyzing part quantity process routing (PQPR) manufacturing data.

  • Analytical thinker, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Recognizes problems and opportunities with a bias for taking action.

  • Influential leadership and assertiveness to interact with colleagues at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to present in front of large groups and lead effective change management

  • Ability to build relationships, collaborate and partner across disciplines, departments, and sites.

  • Strong organization and project management skills.

IDEX Health & Science LLC., a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Business Unit: IH&S (West Henrietta COE)

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