Gerrish Process Improvement Professional II

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Date: May 28, 2024

Location: Pendleton, SC, US, 29670

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow’s breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people’s lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, flooring, chemical and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Discover more about Milliken’s curious minds and inspired solutions at and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

JOB TITLE:                Process Improvement Engineer/  Process Improvement Specialist/ Technologist


REPORTS TO:           Process Improvement Manager


PURPOSE:                  Responsible for maintaining detailed & complete process specifications. Works with team to optimize assigned processes in the plant. Accountable for all off-quality that is process related, then establishing and following corrective actions.


  • Develop a thorough understanding of all factors and conditions that impact the processes and products, including environmental impacts
  • Use sound project management skills to manage multiple improvement projects
  • Analyze problems and implement solutions using critical thinking skills and focused improvement methods
  • Incorporate creative thinking into the problem-solving approach to identify unique and different ways to make things better/more consistent/faster/cheaper/efficient
  • Prepare diagrams, charts, tables to reflect findings and support recommendations
  • Communicate and work effectively with associates to accomplish project and location goals
  • Participate fully in the Safety Process and serve as a resource for an OSHA VPP safety subcommittee



Office Equipment, Computer software and hardware.  Books, Manuals. All Plant Equipment including airjet weave machines, slashers, beamers, inspection frames, powered and manual material handling equipment.  Weaver tools. Technician Tools.  SAP, BARCO Monitoring, Machine gauges.  Both natural and synthetic yarns and fabrics.



  1. Vision correctable to 20/20 to see defects, draw ends, and read specifications
  2. Must be able to hear power equipment operating in work area
  3. Must be able to see clearly, pass pre-employment drug screening, and meet pulmonary function requirements
  4. Should be self-directed to the point of working with no supervision
  5. Physically able to move quickly thru plant
  6. Ability to lift and place materials up to 25 pounds.
  7. Able to tie knots and draw ends. 


  1. Bachelor’s degree (Specialist)/ Eng. Deg. (Engineer)
  2. Excellent oral & written communication skills.
  3. Mechanical aptitude and technical skills
  4. Strong decision-making abilities
  5. Own transportation, able to travel overnight upon request
  6. Flexible working hours with excellent attendance.
  7. Good analytical skills & decision-making skills.
  8. Negotiating skills
  9. Good planning and organizational skills.
  10. Good presentation skills.
  11. Ability to manage and work in teams
  12. Adapts readily to change.





PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:                                             FREQUENCY, AMOUNT, OR DESCRIPTION


  1. Standing:  Must be able to stand to observe the operations.  For example:  standing in one area at an inspection frame to inspect fabric, taking notes for an audit or analysis of a process.  (25% of job)


  1. Sitting: Must be able to sit & participate in meetings lasting 1 to 8 hours. Must be able to sit at desk to input data, analyze data, and develop presentations. (25% of day)


  1. Climbing:  Must be able to step up and down off weaving platform which are 10" and 5" off the ground to inspect machines and start them.   (10% of day)


  1. Reaching/Lifting: Must be able to reach anywhere from 8” to 24" into a filling case to grasp filling packages weighing between 8 and 25 pounds and place package on creel stand.  (2% of day)


  1. Reaching/Pulling:        Must be able to reach 12” up to 48" to grasp a warp yarn end.  Guide reed hook through heddle and reed, then pull warp yarn end through.           (5% of day)


  1. Bending/Stooping:       Must be able to bend and stoop to reach ends that have gone into tunnels or that have broken to repair stop.   Must be able to bend or stoop to inspect equipment or product.    (10% of day)


  1. Walking:  Must be able to walk freely around and between running and stopped weaving machines to evaluate performance, diagnose problems, and initiate corrective action.   Must be able to move over 316,000 square feet weaving facility to make observations for problems, follow up with associates, and assure process correctness on a daily basis for 8 Hours/day.                  (50% of day)                     


  1. Visual Acuity:  Ability to read and understand specifications and computer screen, tie knots, and spot defects in patterns.  Ability to see tickets and written instructions, read manuals, specs, etcetera.    (100% of day)


  1. Other (cognitive):  Must possess the alertness, perception, and reasoning power necessary for understanding, assimilating, & decision making.                                                                            (100% of day)  


  1. Environment:  Ability to work in cotton dust environment.  Meet cotton pulmonary function requirements to work in weave facility.


  1. Environment:  Ability to work in a production environment and wear approved ear protection and safety glasses.  This job operates in a manufacturing facility with moving mechanical parts and material handling equipment.  Must be able to move around a 316,000 sq. ft. weaving facility with concrete floors to get to supplies, equipment, and to perform elements of job. 


  1. Other:  Must comply with company rules, including, but not limited to safety attendance and other job specs. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement of the job.


  1. Safety Equipment Required:  Hearing protection in weave room and compressor room. Safety glasses in all production areas (past blue rail), other equipment dependent on job duty performed.


ADA: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.



Milliken is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, including but not limited to lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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