Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist

LNG Canada Development Inc. - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Shell Canada Energy (40%) (an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc), and affiliates of Petronas (25%) PetroChina (15%), Mitsubishi Corporation (15%) and Korea Gas Corporation (5%). The joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, that will consist of two LNG processing units referred to as “trains,� each with the capacity to produce at least 6.5 mtpa of LNG annually.

From the beginning, LNG Canada set out to be the project of choice for British Columbia. Safety, economic, environmental and community interests are top-of-mind for LNG Canada. We have worked closely with the community, First Nations and with governments to understand how our project can help Kitimat, the region, and the province of British Columbia achieve its social, economic and environmental aspirations.

The safety of all those who work on our project is our most deeply held value and LNG Canada is committed to being the Safest Project on Earth. We look out for each other to ensure no one gets hurt and provide a healthy and safe environment for our employees, contractors, partners, and community.

Come join the team making Canadian history.

LNG Canada is looking for an experienced Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist who is a Lean Master or certified Six Sigma Black Belt. This role is for a versatile professional, that will need to readily demonstrate the ability to act both as a change agent and coach. Suitable candidates will have experience setting up Continuous Improvement agendas and delivering substantial, successful programmes. The ability to engage effectively and influence people on all levels in the organisation is key. This role is for the duration of the construction of the project.


Contribute to developing an integrated company CI deployment plan and lead its execution ultimately linked to the business strategy and results and founded on the key projects identified for driving cultural change in Improvement Plan.

  • Lead projects as a project manager, advisor, coach or trainer
  • Participate and lead workshops, steering teams,
  • key member of the continuous improvement project office, dealing with senior stakeholders internally and from JVPs
  • facilitate regular, meaningful reporting on CI initiatives and internal communication to the wider organisation
Coach CI champions and project managers with simple, practical approaches to deliver CI and other Process Improvement and Cost Reduction programs.

  • Develop CI capability more broadly through selected Change Agents and Improvement networks / programs, Facilitate Teamwork (Cross functional Project Teams) and deliver CI workshops and targeted learning interventions to address specific problems/skills gaps.
  • Lead the trainings with the support of CI Coaches and/or the CI Centre of Expertise.
  • Set up and maintain a structure to generate opportunities to eliminate waste and create value
Support leadership alignment and drive CI behaviour for leaders (e.g. active use of Visual Management and recurring huddles, drive Go See practice and use of Socratic Questioning method etc.)

  • Work closely with HR and Organisation Effectiveness to determine change management, communications and leadership development requirements.
  • Drive End-to-end process thinking and ways of working
  • Develop strong examples of business performance improvement success to be shared across the organisation and create a stepping-stone to expand CI activities to the next level.

Senior CI Coaches will be expected to take on more responsibility – namely; larger more complex projects, more training, some delegated supervisory responsibility and additional scoping / development work with strategic / business integration support.

The set up of the LNGC JV will require interface management with subject matter experts and shareholder representatives from the 5 partners

Stakeholders are technical professionals, focused on delivering the project – ability to influence different styles of employees is key to success


· Bachelor’s degree required with minimum Lean Master or Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

· A professional with a minimum of 8 years of Continuous Improvement management experience with increasing responsibility preferably in oil and gas, large EPC and execution asset project, or industrial construction environment.

· Systemic thinker, fact based and analytical problem solving. Ability to support teams to develop unique and novel solutions to problems

· Demonstrated experience leading CI transformational projects in small teams.

· Well-developed coaching skills of line managers and process workers - Has Kaizen Facilitation experience

· Demonstrated understanding of how to build sustainable change in organisations through Lean Management (e.g. Toyota Production System principles)

· Must have excellent facilitation and presentations skills, ability to engage highly technical professionals

· Self-starter and skills to become effective very quickly in a complex project environment

· Excellent communication and engagement skills

· Ability to deliver work through influence; successful candidates will be able to evidence strong examples of changing “hearts and minds� and are therefore most likely to be “people� rather than “project� led change agents.

· Demonstrate strong follow-through on work

· Demonstrated willingness to take a stand on important issues

· Background in project engineering and/ or experience in megaprojects is a big advantage in this role