DTE Energy CI Expert in Detroit, Michigan

Job Description

CI Expert-11108

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 5 consecutive years

· 7th on Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award

· 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.


Job Summary:

-Contributes to the development, implementation and ongoing assessment of the Corporation's continuous improvement (CI) strategies through: leading project teams, mentoring & coaching less experienced CI personnel, assessing internal & external CI related issues, recommending related best practices and leading their implementation. Solves complex problems through the application of substantial CI experience & expertise to the development and implementation of innovative solutions. Span of control =0; this is an individual contributor job.


-Works with CI Director/Manager and business unit (BU) leaders to develop and execute continuous improvement strategies using DTE Operating System (Lean/Six Sigma).

-Proactively identify gaps in the organization's performance and develop and execute continuous improvement solutions to drive bottom line results.

-Provides support of the organization's project portfolio through guidance, advice, and prioritization of projects.

-Mentors and coaches Operating Systems (OS) specialists, Black Belt candidates and project leads (but isn't responsible for personnel selection, performance management or other supervisory responsibilities).

-Leads key organizational projects.

-Conducts Operating Systems (Lean/Six Sigma) training, identifies BU training candidate pool, and provides input on appropriate OS (Lean/Six Sigma) capacity.

-Utilizes Operating Systems principles, methods and tools to design, implement, improve, monitor, and align the tools into the way work is performed.

-Shares best practices with the CI community.

-Scans the industry for best practices of improvement tools and methods, proposes to OSSG Go-vernance team, and implements them as appropriate.


Minimum: Bachelor's degree in business, science, or a related discipline, & 5-plus years of experience in the implementation of Lean, Six Sigma, or other performance operating systems, and super-visory or project management experience.

-Lean Six Sigma/ Six Sigma Black belt certified, or experience as Lean Expert executing/leading large scale projects.

Preferred: Master's degree in a job-relevant discipline.

-Communicates effectively (verbally & in writing) with individuals at all levels, inside and outside the Corporation.

-Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives.

-Analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.

-Develops challenging short- and long-term group plans & objectives aligned with those of the Divi-sion & Corporation; solicits staff input in the developmental process.

-Ability to develop / coordinate cross-functional work groups and projects, yielding optimal outcomes.

-Ability to conduct efficacious meetings & manage the meeting process with optimal results.

-Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges prevailing practices & approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.

-Well-developed organization and planning skills (typically acquired through at least 5 years of experience).

-Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles (typi-cally acquired through several years of experience in these areas) to affect tangible, positive out-comes.

-Competent in multi-tasking (i.e. the ability to prioritize & manage multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high-visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork & planning).

-Deals effectively with resistance; takes positive steps to avoid the recurrence of errors through constructive critique. 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 & role to which they're assigned.

This description is intended to describe the general nature & 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 supervisory or management representative to assign, direct & control the work of employees under his supervision.

Job: Strategy, Performance & Continuous Improvement

Title: CI Expert

Primary Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: 11108