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Come and work for an innovative, talented, and highly productive team as a Senior Continuous Improvement (CI) Engineer here at Pella Corporation!

Pella Corporation is proud to design and manufacture high-quality windows and doors that enrich the lives of our customers. We are a privately held industry leader in product innovation and technology, focused on our people.

Since 1925, people have and will continue to be the foundation of Pella’s success. We offer individualized talent development plans, cross-functional experiences, and opportunities for career advancement through personal and professional development. At Pella Corporation, we strive to create an environment that is both inclusive and diverse and empowers our team members to be their best selves. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and culture.

Most recently, Forbes named Pella Corporation one of America’s best. Our national brand is supported by 8,000+ team members at 17 manufacturing sites and 70+ sales branches across the country, all dedicated to serving customers with Pella Passion that inspires them to go above and beyond for each other, customers and communities. While Pella has a history of success, the company continues to grow both in the way it operates and in its business footprint.

The Pella team takes pride in knowing the company’s continued growth and ingenuity will ensure its success for many years to come.

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Role Summary:

Leveraged as a Continuous Improvement expert in the organization to coach and provide direction in areas of expertise within the corporation. Requires an in-depth understanding of lean tools utilized in creating and sustaining a lean culture. Must be a strong change agent with a proven track record of delivering results through creative problem solving and collaborative relationships. Learns quickly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions. 


Essential job duties and responsibilities for this Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer includes the following:

  • Exemplifies and influences others to drive positive change with a sense of urgency (try, learn, adjust). Embodies the lean culture of a relentless commitment to finding a better way through action and continuous learning. Plans, coordinates, coaches, and provides leadership on breakthrough events and other CI applications.
  • The scope of influence of this position spans manufacturing, engineering, information technology, quality, finance, product and process development, material and equipment vendors. Strong cross-functional collaboration and influential leadership skills are necessary when prioritizing, planning and implementing projects. The ability to effectively evaluate options, present information, defend a position and address concerns is key to driving execution. The ability to develop, measure, and share business value or outcomes with plants and stakeholders is important. The position is expected to understand and apply safe practices in line with Pella’s safety policies.
  • The Senior CI Engineer allocates a portion of time toward benchmarking world-class lean processes. Continued personal learning and self-development is imperative to accelerate business results while developing others. The individual in this role must be able to gain trust and effectively communicate with all levels in the organization from the hourly employee to Executive.
  • As a partner for plants across the organization, this assignment requires that you can evaluate the needs of a plant by conducting annual lean assessments, participating in P&R/VSM sessions of plants, leading teams and/or finding resources with the desired skill sets to assist the plant in providing direction. Support training programs and assist in developing courses such as CI 101, CI Certification requirements, etc. This role will be used as a resource for challenged areas of the corporation to drive out waste, coach managers, lead teams and increase productivity to improve the department’s total performance.

Supervisory responsibilities: May manage 1-3 Exempt, Salaried non-Exempt or Hourly employees or may direct activity for 1 – 2 CI Technicians and Engineers dependent on project need.

Safety:  Periodically exposed to machinery where safe operating procedures must be followed, occasional lifting of materials up to 30 lbs. is required, work environment may be noisy.

Essential job qualifications for this Senior Continuous Improvement includes the following:

  • 7+ years combined engineering experience within 2-3 disciplines (Process, Product, CI, Project, Quality, Plant).
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Math, or relevant Science or combination of education and experience.  Master’s Degree preferred in Engineering, Math, or relevant Science.
  • Ability to travel on a high level to other sites is required.  Varies dependent upon business needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.  AutoCAD preferred.
  • A good understanding of lean principles with a demonstrated ability to apply these principles is essential to success in this position.  Strong project management skills. 
  • Ability to complete Pella CI Certifications.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Pella Corporation is committed to workforce diversity. Pella is a Tobacco-Free Work Environment. Pella participates in E- Verify.  Pella will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.



Pella Corporation provides a working environment free of discrimination and harassment.  Pella Corporation treats all persons equally, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability, as each is protected under federal law. A number of states in which Pella operates have laws protecting classifications of Team Members not necessarily protected under federal law. Therefore, Pella also treats all persons equally, regardless of political affiliation and belief, pregnancy, national origin, age, creed, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, mental disorder, veteran status, ancestry or handicap as each category is protected under a municipal ordinance or state law.

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