Quanex Building Products 5s/Lean Associate in St. Cloud, Minnesota

5s/Lean Associate

Continuous Improvement
St. Cloud, Minnesota



Job Duties:

  • Lead and coordinate assigned project activities with direction and input from the Plant Manager and staff group.

  • Design and build visual boards to include hr by hr boards, tier boards and accountability boards.

  • Apply painted or taped shadow lines.

  • Assist in developing and managing Kanban system.

  • Report status and problem areas to facilitate corrective actions when needed.

  • Work from demonstration, instructions or prints.

  • Work on safety related tasks as assigned.

  • Develop, implement, audit and assist with 5S systems in assigned areas.

  • Perform 5S activities - Clean and paint equipment. Create shadow boards. Paint department layouts. Label processes and equipment.

  • Assist in developing standard work

  • Assist the shop floor in creating a workplace that is clearly organized and clutter free.

  • Recognize and eliminate waste in production area, take active role in continuous improvement culture (lean).

  • Maintain equipment and work area in neat, orderly condition in accordance with standard work and 5S criteria.

  • Communicate with all levels of the organization, working in multiple departments in manufacturing as needed.


  • Knowledge of the manufacturing principles of lean and 5S.

  • Skill to use basic machines and hand tools such as saws, hand drills, punches, presses, nail/staple guns.

  • Experience with decimal tape measures, calipers, micrometers, comparators, gages, fixtures and other quality equipment to maintain control of process.

  • Computer skills in Microsoft office products required.

  • Basic mechanic skills, familiar with hand tools and has basic carpentry skills.

  • Fabrication: Basic skills to fabricate carts, stands, pallets, etc.