Lead, Continuous Improvement (MO)

Date: Jun 27, 2019

Location: Saint Louis, MO, US, 63101

Company: Spire Inc.

Requisition Number 7002 
Location: 700 Market St, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63101
Position Type: Non Union 
Number Open: 2 

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:

Living Spire Behaviors

  • We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
  • We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
  • We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
  • We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.


Spire is seeking an experienced, collaborative continuous improvement professional to work in the St. Louis or Birmingham office.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and deliver large, complex projects that identify, design, and implement creative, data-driven solutions to improve quality, process efficiency, and grow earnings
  • Conduct analysis related to gaps between current state and future state and recommend courses of action utilizing proven, data-driven methodologies to address root causes, process inefficiencies and areas for opportunity
  • Lead lean “quick win” engagements, including experimenting, measuring results, and implementing incremental solutions
  • Consistently implement change management tools and techniques in a flexible manner to optimize project results
  • Facilitate improvement engagements and develop positive working relationships with stakeholders and project teams to drive change in a positive manner
  • Participate in project engagements as a process improvement expert; consult with project teams, coach project managers, drive data-driven improvement efforts within project framework
  • Lead teams in developing control procedures and goal-driven metrics prior to project close-out which drive organizational value and sustainable change; drive engagement teams to continue to improve on recommended solutions
  • Build appropriate charters, project plans and work breakdown structures; manage risk logs, project resources and identify cross-functional project dependencies for optimal project outcomes
  • Complete regular reporting requirements including dashboards and other executive-level reports; maintain and execute on appropriate communication and change management plans
  • All other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics:

  • Strong ethics and integrity, dedication to a safe work environment, commitment to a diverse workforce that recognizes and respects every individual’s unique skills and perspectives
  • Relationship building, problem solving & analysis, managing for results, planning, organizational savvy, business acumen, negotiation, quality

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in an analytical field (ie. Engineering, Science, Business) required
  • Five years of related continuous improvement experience is preferred
  • Prior experience leading large-scale, cross-functional projects is preferred
  • Prior experience in the Energy or Utility industry is preferred

Certificates, licenses, registrations:

  • Lean Six Sigma certification is preferred
  • Change management certification required within one year
  • Project management accreditations are also valued
  • Willingness and ability to work toward certifications/accreditations may be required

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge and skills in continuous improvement including data collection, understanding cause & effect, designing & analyzing processes, and selecting & decision making
  • Experience applying principles and tools critical to continuous improvement including change management, value stream mapping, six sigma, 5S, root cause analysis, and standard work
  • Ability to analyze complex data sets
  • Ability to present materials to executives, including Leadership Council
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Work environment:

  • Normal Work Environment – Work is normally performed in a shared office environment
  • Typically, 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday
  • May require work outside of business hours & some travel required



Spire accepts online applications through our career site at jobs.spireenergy.com

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.

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