DTE Energy Continuous Improvement Manager in Detroit, Michigan

Job Description

Continuous Improvement Manager-09823

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are the largest electric and gas utility in Michigan with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America. We are a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan with businesses in 26 different states.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

We care for our employees and prioritize their health and safety first. Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

· Gallup Great Workplace Award for 3 consecutive Years! (2013, 2014 and 2015)

· Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For

· J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award

· Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”

· Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT

· Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award

· Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.



CI Manager may be embedded in a Business Unit (BU), or located in the Continuous Improvement Strategy Group (CISG) organization. Applies knowledge and expertise to develop and implement CI resulting in improved performance within the BU or organization. Incumbents plan, implement and monitor CI related projects and initiatives to deepen CI understanding and application. Supervises/coaches and trains personnel throughout the BU or organization to accomplish goals. May be assigned the master black belt role for the BU or organization.


-Utilizes training and experience to develop strategic CI plans, programs and/or initiatives that further CI maturity.

-Leads and monitors, CI projects/programs and/or initiatives, ensuring successful execution and achievement.

-Utilizes formal approach to project management including utilizing tools and techniques that are a part of the six sigma/lean approach; documents, updates and maintains project scorecards as requested.

-Conducts CI training to fulfill training plans as needed to deepen the understanding and application of CI methods and tools.

-Tracks overall CI progress and application working directly or indirectly with leaders.

-Conducts CIMM assessments as called upon by the leader.

-Scans and networks within and outside the industry for trends/best practices and incorporates findings into actionable plans.

-Willing to travel as needed and accept special assignments away from “home” location.


-Required: Bachelor's degree and Minimum five years’ experience in Continuous Improvement, leading change initiatives, demonstrated application of CI concepts/tools and achievement of significant results.

-Required 5 years of leadership experience

Preferred: Engineering, Quality, Operations or organizational management experience; Black Belt certification; Engineering degree..

-Demonstrated leadership abilities; able to coach up and down the organization.

-Demonstrated ability to teach CI tools & concepts in a dynamic and engaging way.

-Excellent negotiation and persuasion skills.

-Demonstrated project management skills.

-Strong organizational learning and interpersonal skills.

-Demonstrated perseverance and is a risk taker.

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize varying combinations of the competencies cited in this description, depending on the organization and role to which they’re assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the right of any supervisor or management representative to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Job: Strategy, Performance & Continuous Improvement

Title: Continuous Improvement Manager

Primary Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: 09823