Captek Softgel International


Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Engineer

Captek has three Southern California facilities


Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Engineer

Vista Office


The Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Engineer supports manufacturing through the development and implementation of optimal, cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods in accordance with product specifications and quality standards. In this role you will recommend and implement improvements to manufacturing equipment, production processes, methods and controls. This role is also responsible for working closely with plant operations and maintenance personnel to understand and eliminate losses to improve factory safety, quality and efficiency by utilizing Lean and Continuous Improvement techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs product/process analysis for cost reduction, quality improvement, and improved efficiency.
  • Applies Lean Manufacturing and Six-Sigma tools and methodologies in the implementation of continuous improvement initiatives. Implements such tools as: 6S, SMED, VSM, and Kaizen.
  • Improves manufacturing processes and methods for cost-reduction, quality improvement and efficiency.
  • Performs research, design and development of manufacturing processes including production flow, assembly methods and production equipment.
  • Prepares and presents plans for the above and coordinates deployment including training of team members.
  • Supports new equipment URS development and design reviews as required, provides input in reference to the plant’s specifications and good design practices.
  • Coordinates the manufacturing launch of new/revised products including establishing goals, training team members and evaluating results.
  • Designs, develops and tests and/or sources and cost-justifies various tools, machinery and equipment for recommended manufacturing methods.
  • Performs product/process analysis for cost reduction, quality improvement, and improved efficiency.
  • Responds to any related equipment downtime issues in the plant and establishes any required outside resources to assist in responding to these issues quickly.
  • Train and develop the plant mechanics to increase their ability to understand and troubleshoot mechanical and process related issues in the plant.
  • Prepares, reviews and/or approves technical documents to include but not limited to: Technical Reports, SOP’s, Cost Quotes, Product and Process Verification/Validation Protocols.
  • Lead and manage large and small equipment improvement projects in the plant.
  • Reviews current and new processes; recommends, justifies, demonstrates and implements new manufacturing technologies to enhance our processes.
  • Maintains documentation on all projects and submits written reports in a timely fashion.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education Requirements/Experience:

  • Four year college or university degree or its equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Related Degree.
  • Requires 3+ years related work experience in a manufacturing environment or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Strong fundamental knowledge of mechanical and machine design and its application in a manufacturing and production related environment.
  • Strong LEAN Manufacturing experience required (Six-Sigma Green Belt certification preferred).
  • Critical thinking with exceptional problem-solving skills, able to work independently and in team environments.
  • Proactive, resourceful & highly motivated with good communication skills and ability to work in a high output environment.
  • Experience using CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to balance multiple projects.
  • Travel as required to support projects.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Constant exposure to noise levels loud enough to require employees to wear hearing protection. Warm temperature levels, fumes, vibration, dust, etc., sufficient to cause minor discomfort. Employee must wear protective eye wear, hair net, uniforms, safety shoes and gloves when handling the product.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Intermittently lifts and/or moves loads of up to 50 lbs with the use of pallet jacks and or other mechanical aids. Pulls/pushes boxes of product on/off line and/or pallets. Stands/walks for full work shift. Manual dexterity to manipulate printing, filling and labeling equipment controls, small production containers on a production line, and hand tools to assemble/disassemble parts of equipment. Required to walk up and down stairs and use ladders.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send résumé to Captek Softgel International HR