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Latham, The Pool Company Sr. Process Engineer in Youngstown, Ohio


Position Title: Sr. Process Engineer

Reports To: Plant Manager

Organization/Department: Engineering

Location: Youngstown, Ohio

Classification: Exempt | full-time

Primary Role - Sr. Process Engineer:

The Senior Process Engineer will lead process efficiencies at GLI in Youngstown Ohio. The role will be focused on labor and material productivity program management, including leading Kaizen events, implementing best practices across sites, and working on product development for process efficiency. The role will focus on the lifecycle processes for pool liner and safety cover production. The role will work cross functionally with Plant Managers to develop and improve standard work at production sites, and training programs for the production. A large part of the role will focus on quality improvement and credit reduction. Additionally, the role will partner with Plant Managers to ensure appropriate visual management boards, operating metrics and process productivity targets are met.

Duties and Responsibilities: Develop and maintain standard work processes for manufacturing processes

  • Lead implementation of standard work processes across plant portfolio including site specific process adaption

  • Create training programs, including working with internal and external resources.

  • Responsible for Capital expenditures projects (CapEx) lead business studies, project implementation; the goal is to improve a company's performance in the future.

  • Responsible Operating Expense (OPEX) analysis and cost reduction.

  • Generate process improvement programs to meet productivity targets for labor and material

  • Implement productivity programs including:

  • Hosting and leading Kaizen events

  • Best practice sharing and improvement introductions across multiple sites

  • Work closely with operations team to ensure process improvements are realized and quality issues are assessed methodically from in terms of engineering and design.

  • Perform Process Evaluations for New Product Introductions as part of Toll Gate approval process

  • Define and maintain detailed process specifications for qualification of new raw materials

  • Research and development of new equipment and materials (this can include design responsibilities)

  • Monitoring of process equipment – including developing testing standards and performance maintenance programs

  • Completion of documentation to show and ensure compliance with both internal and external regulations and protocols

  • Develop Process Technicians providing hands on support equipment troubleshooting

  • Responsible for data collection, interpretation and report writing

  • Presentation of data and reports to senior colleagues and management

  • Responsibility for the evaluation / installation of new equipment for testing or production

  • Continual evaluation of equipment and processes to ensure both efficiency and quality remain high

  • Observe all company safety rules and serve as a “Champion” of corporate safety initiatives and culture

  • Facilitate/support structured problem-solving activities, ensuring root-cause identification is databased and corrective actions are validated and controlled

  • Escalate design opportunities to corporate leadership

  • Facilitate/support the development of the annual BU process design project roadmap and participate on project teams as appropriate

  • Team with the Vice President, Operations & Plant Manager to ensure all site processes are maintained uniformly across all facilities

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for degree

  • 7 years of related experience, ideally leading Kaizen / Lean events

  • Demonstrated ability in using measuring instruments

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written

  • Strong computer skills, including Outlook, Word, and Excel (including spreadsheets/databases) 2D/ 3D CAD experience


    Located in Youngstown, Ohio

    GLI Pool Products is one of the industry leaders in the manufacturing of Vinyl Pool Liners and Safety Covers as well as distribution of pool product accessories. GLI sells the majority of its products through wholesale pool distributors shipping throughout the United States and internationally. Through the use of Lean Manufacturing, GLI has grown its manufacturing divisions every year since its inception in 2006. Lean manufacturing has become a critical aspect of the GLI culture, allowing us to expand our manufacturing capabilities, improve our quality and reduce our lead times to the lowest in the industry. GLI is committed to delivering our pool products, particularly our custom pool liners and safety covers within industry lead times. Predictably fast and flawless delivery is a service our customers have come to expect and here at GLI our culture is to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations! GLI has never had a layoff in our companies’ history!! Each and every GLI employee is committed to our cause: “Keeping families safe and bringing them together.”

    GLI is a subsidiary of Latham Pools is a pool manufacturing company with headquarters located in New York. Its mission is to provide top quality products, customer centered service, and competitive lead times. Its vision is to become the preferred manufacturer and ‘easy to do business with’ company in the swimming pool industry. Its products include fiberglass and vinyl liner swimming pools, pools liner, and safety covers. Its core values are respect, recognition, and stewardship. It provides competitive wages, incentive programs, career development, training opportunities, and wellness programs for employees.