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DTE Energy Company

Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist

DTE Energy Company - Grand Rapids, MI

Job Summary:

Drives overall continuous improvement philosophy and methodology that results in a continuous improvement culture, interprets data, identifies trends, conducts root cause analysis, and assists with benchmarking studies to determine and prioritize a business unit’s process improvement projects, and create business cases for these initiatives. Assures that improvement projects are aligned with business unit goals. Responsible for leading projects in assigned functional area processes. Responsible for providing overall direction and implementation of various process improvement tools and methodology.

Key Accountabilities:

-Determines benchmarks that can be used to compare the business unit’s operations to other in-industry participants, providing a basis for competitively differentiating and ranking the business unit’s performance; coordinates and monitors initiatives that evolve through these efforts.

-Conducts periodic & ongoing assessments of business unit processes and related systems; reports results to management and leads initiatives designed to deliver improved business and work management processes.

-Develops and maintains a detailed set of metrics; conducts periodic statistical, trend, root cause & benchmark analyses; identifies trends; briefs management and provides process improvement recommendations accordingly.

-Monitors business unit performance data, comparing trends among different operational units; identifies potential areas for improvement & standardization among operational units; recommends corresponding process improvements and coordinates their dissemination & implementation among the business units.

-Prioritizes practice/process improvement needs within a business unit(s); provides related input into the unit’s planning process.

-Solicits input from process owners within business units in the review of policies & procedures during process improvement efforts.

-Facilitates business unit support of CI initiatives driven from the central CISG group, including annual planning cycle, benchmarking, CI Methodology Training, and other initiatives as rolled out.


Associate degree, & 5-plus years of relevant experience, including analytical, training or meeting facilitation, and continuous quality / process improvement.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering

Completion of Black-Belt, Six Sigma, LEAN or related process improvement training

Project Management experience

Demonstrated work experience utilizing Minitab, SAS, or other relevant statistical software experience

Demonstrated experience creating pivot tables, charts, or analyzing financial/operational data etc. utilizing Excel

Experience analyzing data in Access or related software

SharePoint experience

7-plus years of relevant experience

Other Qualifications

– Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives.

– Written, verbal communication, ‘active listening’ & advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects & research to senior-level Corporate & business unit management, and engage in

persuasive written & verbal interaction.

– Analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.

– Ability to develop / coordinate cross-functional work groups and projects, yielding optimal outcomes.

– Broad understanding of power generation, transmission, distribution and regional power dispatch issues.

– Ability to analyze complex financial data & develop optimal recommendations & solutions.

– Ability to work in a ‘team’ and/or ‘matrix’ structure, supporting multiple clients. procedures & policy.

– Ability to conduct efficacious meetings & manage the meeting process with optimal results.

– Flexibility & the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.

– Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles (typically acquired through several years of experience in these areas) to affect tangible, positive out-comes.

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DTE Energy Company


Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist DTE Energy Company - Grand Rapids, MI, United States


Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Company Profile:
DTE Energy Co. (NYSE: DTE) is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Our largest operating subsidiaries are DTE Electric and DTE Gas. Together, these regulated utility companies provide electric and/or gas services to more than three million residential, business and industrial customers throughout Michigan.