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Continuous Improvement Engineer


Cartago, Costa Rica, CR

Job Family:  Manufacturing
Country/Region:  Costa Rica

We are looking for a Continuous Improvement Engineer responsible in leading the Value Stream operations that contribute towards improving manufacturing efficiencies by utilizing lean manufacturing & continuous improvement techniques. Tasked with investigating, sourcing, and developing solutions to issues throughout the Value Stream. 


You will be a part of a growing Operations team, as Coloplast is in the process of establishing a world-class manufacturing site in Cartago, Costa Rica. The ideal candidate is a reliable and competent professional, preferable with experience in manufacturing and medical device industry. Initially, you will be supporting the Cartago site, and have a close collaboration with Hungary and Denmark.


You will report to Head of Operations Coloplast Costa Rica Volume Manufacturing Site, Cartago. 



Tasks & responsibilities


  • The Continuous Improvement Engineer, working closely with the Value Stream Manager to strategically implement and apply Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma tools and methodology throughout the manufacturing facility and processes.
  • Be responsible for managing and leading continuous improvement projects.
  • Assist in production operations to drive improvement in manufacturing efficiencies by utilizing continuous improvement techniques.
  • Lead to the 5s initiative to ensure that improvements are sustained and entrenched within the business.
  • Host Kaizen improvement events, Value Stream Mapping, and other Continuous improvement activities ensuring projects are done according to budget and timelines.
  • Drive the standardization of processes and implementation of metrics and best practices.
  • Assist in setting annual operational targets and drive improvements to achieve those targets.
  • Develop/implement metrics supporting lean manufacturing philosophy to track process improvements and cost reductions.
  • Ensure the factory layout, both at macro and micro levels, is suitable for an efficient manufacturing process.
  • Other duties as required and assigned.





  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years of progressive, manufacturing process design and continuous improvement experience.
  • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt a plus.
  • Experience in the medical device industry a plus.









Why Coloplast?


Coloplast develops products and services that make life easier for people with personal and private medical conditions. Working closely with the people who use our products, we create solutions that are sensitive to their special needs. We call this Intimate healthcare.


We are guided by three values:


Closeness: we work closely with our customers to find solutions that meet their specific needs.

Passion: we work passionately to create new and innovative products that improve the quality of life for our customers.

Respect and responsibility: we have deep respect for the private nature of the condition our customers face. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to find not only medical solutions, but also ways to minimize the trauma and taboo associated with these conditions.


Our business includes Ostomy Care, Continence Care, Urology Care, and Wound and Skin Care.


Pursuing an ambitious growth agenda, Coloplast develops and markets products and services that make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. Employing about 12.000 people and with products available in more than 143 countries, we are one of the world´s leading medical device companies. We are constantly growing our business and always looking for new ways to move forward – we explore, learn and look for new ways of doing things.


Coloplast is committed to being an inclusive organization, where people bring their differences to work each day, fulfil their potential and have a strong sense of belonging because – and not despite – of their differences. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief or physical ability.


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