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Continuous Improvement Manager


Newport, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  10712

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required:

Hybrid Role: Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Job Summary

    CI Manager may be embedded in a Business Unit (BU), or located in the Continuous Improvement Strategy Group (CISG) organization. Applies knowledge and expertise to develop and implement CI resulting in improved performance within the BU or organization. Incumbents plan, implement and monitor CI related projects and initiatives to deepen CI understanding and application. Supervises/coaches and trains personnel throughout the BU or organization to accomplish goals. May be assigned the master black belt role for the BU or organization.

Key Accountabilities

  • Utilizes training and experience to develop strategic CI plans, programs and/or initiatives that further CI maturity.
  • Leads and monitors, CI projects/programs and/or initiatives, ensuring successful execution and achievement.
  • Utilizes formal approach to project management including utilizing tools and techniques that are a part of the six sigma/lean approach; documents, updates and maintains project scorecards as requested.
  • Conducts CI training to fulfill training plans as needed to deepen the understanding and application of CI methods and tools.
  • Tracks overall CI progress and application working directly or indirectly with leaders.
  • Conducts CIMM assessments as called upon by the leader.
  • Scans and networks within and outside the industry for trends/best practices and incorporates findings into actionable plans.
  • Willing to travel as needed and accept special assignments away from ôhomeö location.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum five years' experience in Continuous Improvement, leading change initiatives, demonstrated application of CI concepts/tools and achievement of significant results.
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership experience

Other Qualifications


  • Engineering, Quality, Operations or organizational management experience
  • Black Belt certification
  • Engineering degree


Other Requirements

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities; able to coach up and down the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach CI tools & concepts in a dynamic and engaging way.
  • Excellent negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Strong organizational learning and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated perseverance and is a risk taker

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Monroe
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit