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Continuous Improvement Engineer-Petaluma

So you want to work for beer?
Location: Petaluma, CA
Department:  Operations
Sub Function: Supply Chain - Services
Type of Contract: Permanent



There’s Always a Seat at Our Bar 


The Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993 and has always looked to the future – whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or fueling stories, songs, and experiences with our IPA. Wherever you go: Beer Speaks, People Mumble. 


About the Role 


The Continuous Improvement Engineer will provide leadership to major on-going continuous improvement activities. This role will prioritize, coordinate and drive the improvement of key production KPIs at their specific production location. Applying engineering and technical expertise, the Continuous Improvement Engineer will partner with plant operations and support staff to lead the effort to improve efficiency, reduce cost of operations, and generally improve any performance metric that has been highlighted as a priority.  This position will also provide engineering support to the project teams, and support the overall project management at their site. 


What You’ll Do 


  • Develop a comprehensive innovation strategy and process/framework to drive profitable revenue while maintaining our craft legacy 

  • Responsible for all continuous improvement activities and efforts within the facility. 

  • Partner with Supply Chain and Plant leadership to prioritize all KPIs to create a constantly-evolving master plan for efficiency improvements. 

  • Work with plant operations staff to introduce continuous improvement initiatives, including Kaizen events, value mapping, and various other tools used for improvement. 

  • Design and execute a plan for continuous improvement, including driving improvements across all operational levels. 

  • Build and develop individual KPI leaders and experts among the operations staff to foster a culture of CI that enables additional improvement opportunities. 

  • Be the source of technical expertise for the other Supply Chain Support staff, including the local project manager, providing assistance on projects, engineering, and design. 

  • Provide engineering support to the Supply Chain Support team including designing and drawing P&IDs, working on equipment and instrument lists & specifications, along with any required process engineering support. 

  • Occasionally function as a project manager for major and minor projects throughout the brewery to support the project manager and continue developing technical knowledge. 

  • Influence a CI approach throughout the company; train on CI fundamentals to empower plants to continue to scale.  

  • Support brewery operations in any capacity available, being flexible within a constantly changing production landscape in order to maximize resources. 

  • Other duties and projects as assigned. 


What We’re Lookin’ For 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent required. 

  • Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, or similar continuous improvement experience required. 

  • Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, or similar preferred. 

  • Experience in process engineering a definite plus. 

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in production continuous improvement activities, including running Kaizen events, leading lean activities, and implementing lean and CI principles. 

  • Strong technical understanding of the brewing process and brewing quality control points. 

  • Desire to learn and lead, growing into a strong technical leader for the entire production team. 

  • Ability to lead change across all levels and departments of organization. 

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills to enhance understanding of CI strategy and performance. 

  • Ability to clearly articulate issues, opportunities and risk to support decision-making. 

  • Flexibility to respond to frequent changes in production requirements and/or systems and equipment failures. 

  • Ability to manage competing priorities within a dynamic environment. 

  • Must be analytical, organized and efficient. 

  • Passion for Lagunitas and the beer business. 


Come as You Are 


At Lagunitas, we welcome people (and dogs) from all walks of life. Anyone, regardless of their race, creed, nation of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, veteran status, marital status, or age, has a home here. Love, progress, and acceptance will always have a seat at our bar.  


From the brewhouse to the bottle and beyond, our sphere is full of beer and the special set of artists and actors, musicians and mavericks, forethinkers and freaks that make it all happen. Find where you fit in at

Nearest Major Market: Santa Rosa
Nearest Secondary Market: Petaluma

Job Segment: Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Developer, Lean Six Sigma, Supply, Engineering, Technology, Management, Operations

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