Continuous Improvement Lead

continuous improvement lead for woven fabrics

An exciting career opportunity at Heathcoat Fabrics, driving continuous improvement across the business.


Heathcoat Fabrics are proud winners of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation and, as part of the team, you will contribute to some of the most innovative technical fabric-making projects anywhere in the world. We are committed to ensuring our people have the skills and confidence to excel in their field, therefore we provide ongoing development opportunities for individuals to progress at all levels.

The Department and the Role

Our Woven Fabrics business manufactures technical textiles through various processes such as Texturising, Warping, Drawing-in, Weaving and Inspection.

Reporting to the Woven Fabrics Production Manager, as Continuous Improvement Lead you will be responsible for growing a culture of continuous development and efficiency across the company by coaching operational teams and engaging them in improvement initiatives. You will identify waste areas such as waiting time, unnecessary motion and excess inventory, in close coordination with the individual Woven Fabrics teams, department managers and technical teams.

Role Expectations:

Analyse processes to find areas for enhancement and identify continuous improvement training requirements as appropriate. Be responsible for supporting continuous improvement strategies for process optimisation and investigating and delivering potential solutions.

Work as part of the management team to ensure all continuous improvement business objectives are met. Be responsible for executing improvement initiatives, through Kaizen events and best practice improvement methods.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • A Manufacturing related qualification or experience within a manufacturing environment
  • Six Sigma yellow belt (or working towards)
  • Proven leadership skills with experience in managing small teams
  • A strong desire to drive change and deliver large-scale business improvements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to influence at all levels
  • Good organisational and project management skills, having the ability to problem-solve
  • Experience in analytical problem-solving including database root cause analysis
  • Experience in process improvements by using lean manufacturing methodology
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel


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Competitive salary. Information is available on application.

Company profit share scheme.

What you can expect from us

  • Engaging work culture
  • Environmentally conscious company
  • Company profit share scheme
  • Company contribution pension plan
  • Personal learning and development
  • Leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement
  • Canteen
  • On-site car and cycle parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • Health & dental plans
  • Company sick pay and life assurance
  • Tech and Cycle Schemes
  • Discounts with participating local shops and businesses
  • Contribute to high-profile textile projects
  • Privately owned, debt-free company

For further information on this vacancy please contact:

Human Resources Team
Heathcoat Fabrics Limited,
Westexe, Tiverton EX16 5LL UK