Newell Brands Continuous Improvement Analyst- Connected Home & Security- First Alert in Aurora, Illinois

Position Title: Continuous Improvement Analyst

Reports to: Divisional Productivity Manager

Location: Aurora, IL

Job Summary:

Productivity Analyst will be responsible for driving continuous improvement projects as well as working on cross-functional teams to coach productivity tools and proccess across Newell - CHS. Continuous improvement efforts will focus on making sustainable gains in OEE, quality, safety, cost, and delivery. Methods for achieving and sustaining improvements will be based on Newell continuous improvement principles including Six Sigma, TPM and LEAN. The team member will need to collaborate closely with Newell's "PEAK Team", Newell’s branded improvement strategy, is fundamental to that goal. A Center of Excellence with a deep competency in implementing PEAK PACS (Processes, Applications, Capabilities, and Systems) in Supply-Chain Team on improvement methodology, as well as supply chain, operations, sourcing, and other internal partners to achieve the project objectives aligned with the business needs. The team member will be responsible for analysis and project support of a broad nature while exercising considerable judgment and creativity. The team member needs to be able to carry out appropriate financial analysis to validate/support proposals and gain support of key stakeholders.

Job Duties:

  • Analyze given data and operating conditions; implement changes and follow-up on results by involving key responsible people (i.e. sponsor, process owner, operator)

  • Responsible for identifying, chartering, and sometimes leading significant improvement initiatives - delivering the project results on time

  • Provide project updates to the site leadership team and project stakeholders highlighting the current status, adherence to the project time plan, work accomplished, quick wins, points of escalation, elements of risk and the associated mitigation plans

  • Develop project teams on key skills to drive improvement

  • Utilize Newell PEAK tools and methodologies to drive sustainable operational improvements

  • Carry out sustainability programs to maintain the achieved savings, to complete additional training, to detect further savings opportunities

  • Professionally challenges current and/or traditional ways of thinking and lead new ways/approaches


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, Engineering, Supply Chain, or equivalent degree

  • 1-2 years experience in a manufacturing / warehouse role or in a Central Supply Chain type role with project expierence

  • Interpersonal skills, self confidence, leadership abilities

  • Ability to build trust and interact with all levels of the organization

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Knowledge of analytics tools such as PowerBI

  • Computer literate (including mastery of all Microsoft Office Suite)

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Working knowledge of continuous improvement including TPM, Lean, and Six Sigma strongly preferred

  • Professional maturity, appearance, and demeanor

  • Proficiency in areas of general business administration: organizational design and communications, economics, finance, etc.

  • Team leadership and team membership skills

  • Creative, reliable, organized, adaptable, flexible, innovative, and a self starter

  • Focus on adding value to a fast and performance driven business

  • Strong project management skills a plus

  • Ability to travel up to 25% to Supply Chain locations across the US and Mexico

Our team works to provide the best options for our customers – to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe and secure. We launched Onelink by First Alert, our connected home brand, in 2015, and have been expanding the line ever since. With our Onelink brand, we elevated our home safety technology to the next level in order to meet the consumer demand for integrated smart home products that are reliable, smart and easy to use. As the most trusted name in home safety, our Onelink products have the First Alert reliable quality that sets them apart from anything else in the connected home market. We are a collaborative team that believes in consumer driven design and is results oriented. The dynamic pace of our organization, continuous improvement and the passion our team shares for helping people protect what matters most is what makes our Newell Brands Connected Home & Security so passionate about the work that we do!

Join the most trusted name in home safety as we continue to the next level.

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.