Continuous Improvement Specialist

Company Name: Hawaiian Electric Company
Phone Number: (808) 543-4848
City: Honolulu
State/Provence: Hawaii
Zip: 96840
Job Title: Continuous Improvement Specialist
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Miscellaneous Positions
Posting Start Date: February 8, 2018
Salary: Dependent on experience
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time Type: Days


Responsible for leading, facilitating, and coordinating Continuous Improvement (CI) endeavors in support of operations and strategic initiatives within Energy Delivery across the Companies.  Supports Energy Delivery in the development, analysis, and realization of process improvement and cost optimization opportunities.


Facilitates, guides, and supports enterprise, departmental, or cross-departmental continuous improvement work across the Companies as directed by Energy Delivery leadership.  This encompasses preparation and planning for workshops/events, leading/facilitating such events, tracking/follow up of action items, support in implementing changes, and periodic audits of the work completed.

Develops, maintains and revises CI work plans as part of the annual CI Deployment Plan in collaboration with leadership and Enterprise Performance Excellence (EPE) CI Core Team.  Monitors outcomes working with Finance Lead and others to capture and report benefits.   Integrates work with other initiatives and adjusts as needed.

Partners with EPE CI Core Team to sustain proficiency in CI methodologies and approaches.   Serves as a liaison for Energy Delivery with EPE to provide CI training, mentoring and consulting resources.

Applies knowledge of waste elimination tools and techniques to identify operational and/or procedural opportunities for improvement.

Directs resources in the pursuit and completion of CI initiatives along with the validation of associated savings.

Tracks and monitors CI implementations to determine performance to expectations, identify/remove barriers, as well as to establish further improvements/adjustments if additional opportunities exist.  Participates in CI governance process, up-line reporting and maintenance of dashboards.

Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned.

Experience Required:


Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge of operations, preferably in electric utility environment, with emphasis in energy (power) delivery.
  • Knowledge of lean management systems, tools, methodologies, and best practices to achieve operational excellence.
  • Working knowledge of cost systems, management principles and practices.
  • Working knowledge of SafeStart principles and best practices to achieve a safe workplace environment.

Skills Requirements

  • Demonstrated leadership skills including effective written, oral and listening communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to propagate the CI initiative successfully in a dynamic environment.  Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple events simultaneously and facilitate teams to achieve goals.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to challenge the status-quo and encourage break-through thinking to ensure Continuous Improvement principles are implemented.
  • Ability to integrate Change Management tools into process improvement projects as appropriate.
  • Proven ability to gain stakeholder acceptance of ideas and proposals.  Able to work collaboratively with others in operations, leadership roles, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply systems perceptive to all activities, in order to optimize the entire product flow (i.e. drive out silo thinking).
  • Must be self-motivated and possess passion for excellence in people, processes and analytics.
  • Influencing skills to effectively drive continuous improvement initiatives without direct authority.
  • Skilled in use of computer software applications including Microsoft Office, MS Project; ERP system(s).

Experience Requirements

  • 6-9 years of work experience in Engineering or Operating environment to include facilitating/collaborating with teams.
  • A bachelor’s degree in business or engineering or relevant experience in an electric utility operating environment.
  • Black Belt certification preferred or working toward certification.
  • Project management experience desirable.
  • Formal training in LEAN, Six Sigma, or similar structured methodologies.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver’s license to support independent travel to work sites across islands.  Must meet the standards for frequent required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy.  These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.
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Posting End Date: March 1, 2018