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Continuous Improvement Champion - Walls Plant, Holland, MI (On-Site)

Company Overview

When you feel connected to your work, you feel more engaged. At Haworth, you can pursue a career that offers you ample opportunity to build your portfolio and expand your skillset in an exciting and inclusive environment. Join a company that values innovation, inspiration, and you!


HAWORTH is a global leader in office furniture and architectural interiors. As a valued member of our team, you can make your mark on the world and reach your full potential within a culture of connectivity.


Why Haworth? Find out here!



Here at Haworth, our members enjoy benefits from their first day of employment including:

  • 4 weeks paid time off and an option to purchase an additional week
  • Priority Health Insurance
  • Newly renovated on-site gym open 24 hours
  • 401k Benefit -  If you contribute 6% of your annual salary, Haworth will contribute up to 7%
  • Annual bonus programs
  • Company provided Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement program
  • 8 hours of paid volunteer time off
  • Zero waste to landfill company which provides personal on-site recycling drop-off

Job Overview

We are currently looking for a Continuous Improvement Champion to join our Walls plant in Holland, MI. This is an exciting opportunity with in a plant with a lot of projected growth over the next year. 

As a Continuous Improvement Champion, you will:

Identify and implement Haworth Management System (HMS) (Haworth equivalent of Toyota Production System [TPS]) principles and continuous improvement processes, training, facilitation, and assessment. Assures programs are of highest quality to ensure success of program. Process work will be required across every segment of value stream.

Job Responsibilities

  • Implements HMS (Haworth Management System) principles to drive continuous improvement across every functional area.
  • Spend significant time with teams to facilitate implementation of HMS (Haworth Management System), identify production flow, identify sequence of events, and define constraints or continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Delivers foundational skills training to team members and actively coaches members to integrate skills into HMS (Haworth Management System) process to ensure success of programs.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of training and assures appropriate revisions are made, ensuring processes support corporate policy in areas of health, safety, and environmental assurance.
  • Analyze program progress, utilizing problem solving, surveys, and assessments to understand areas for continuous improvement of HMS (Haworth Management System) Programs.
  • Assists with coordinating and planning resources for training, including preparing and ordering training materials, scheduling, and budget management.
  • Contacts and travels to manufacturing locations, universities, and seminars to obtain information relative to HMS (Haworth Management System) processes, implementation techniques, and process assessment, to continuously improve state-of-the-art knowledge of techniques.  Shares information with other members, via training and/or day-to-day contact.
  • Reports periodically to Senior Continuous Improvement Champion and/or Manager regarding team performance, implementation schedules, performance to measures, and assessments of status of HMS and/or Continuous Improvement Process.

Do you have these required qualifications?

  • Bachelor’s degree or in lieu of degree, 2 years of additional work experience is required for every 1 year of education not completed
  • CI Champ III: Minimum 8 years production/operations/engineering/continuous improvement experience, with demonstrated deployment of HMS/TPS type concepts that drive improvements in operationally excellent environment
  • CI Champ II: Minimum 6 years production/operations/engineering/continuous improvement experience, with demonstrated deployment of HMS/TPS type concepts that drive improvements in operationally excellent environment
  • Ability to be regularly exposed to production environment
  • Ability to travel overnight away from corporate offices, including internationally, and at times for extended periods, up to 25% of time
  • Current and continuing right to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Ability to work and commute onsite daily to our headquarters in Holland, MI without relocation assistance

Do you have these preferred qualifications?


  • 3 or more years leadership/management experience 
  • Lean manufacturing industry experience

Ideally, you have also demonstrated the following:

  • Proven leader in successfully managing large numbers of people, projects, resources and complexity, achieving superior results 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, problem-solving, and planning skills 
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to present and tour all levels of the organization
  • Have led at least 10 continuous improvement projects and/or formal Kaizen events 

Haworth Values

At Haworth, we have a strong set of values that guide our business and help us align with our customers.


We listen to our Customers. We rely on our Members. We honor Integrity. We embrace Continuous Learning. We lead with Design. We create Value. We work to make the World better.


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EEO, ADA, AA Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, Haworth will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected genetic information, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, religion, height, weight, other protected group status, or any other basis protected by the laws where we employ people. 

Haworth's AAP programs are available for applicant review.  Requests can be made to your Recruiter to review during regular business hours.

This organization participates in E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

If you have questions about any of the above policies, or if you require an ADA accommodation in the application process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team at or (616) 393-1600.

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Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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