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Spire Energy Lead, Continuous Improvement in Saint Louis, Missouri

Lead, Continuous Improvement

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Date: Jun 12, 2021

Location: Saint Louis, MO, US, 63101 Birmingham, AL, US, 35203

Company: Spire Inc.

Company Overview

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:

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. This position provides the unique opportunity to become a part of a dynamic, maturing Continuous Improvement team; focused on engaging and inspiring enterprise-wide businesses and functions to adopt and leverage continuous improvement as part of their operating culture. The selected individual will be responsible for leading a wide array of cross-functional, continuous improvement initiatives with varying risks, constraints and/or challenges, and will be empowered to focus on value creation to meet strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead a range of highly complex process improvement projects to support Spire’s core innovation and lean strategy; monitor results and report progress

  • Identify, design, and implement solutions to improve quality, standardization, customer experience and/or grow earnings via new processes or technologies by driving a cross-functional team through a full process improvement life cycle, including change identification and mitigation

  • Consistently implement change management tools and techniques in a flexible manner to optimize project results

  • Drive project engagements as a technical, facilitative and analytical expert; consult with project teams, coach project managers, and implement data-driven improvement efforts

  • Lead teams in developing control procedures and goal-driven metrics which drive organizational value and sustainable change; drive engagement teams to continue to improve on recommended solutions

  • Build appropriate documentation necessary to identify project resources and cross-functional project dependencies

  • 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 and Competencies

  • 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

  • Dedication to project outcomes, ability to influence and inspire teams to make difficult decisions and communicate those decisions to others

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, take a proactive and aggressive goal setting approach to assist in developing continuous improvement culture

  • Collaborate effectively in a fast-paced, team environment

  • Self-motivated; committed to the execution of quality, team work

  • Interest in learning business functions and processes beyond area of expertise; drawing connections to the bigger picture is of paramount importance

  • Strong sense of urgency and attention to strategic timing considerations

Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in an analytical field (ie. IT, Engineering, Science, or Business) required

  • Lean/ Lean Six Sigma certification(s) preferred

  • Change management certification may be required within one year

  • Project management accreditations are valued

  • Willingness and ability to work toward specific certifications/accreditations may be required

Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • At least five years of related continuous improvement experience is required

  • Prior experience leading large-scale, cross-functional projects is preferred

  • Prior experience driving technology solutions is preferred

  • Experience applying principles and tools critical to continuous improvement including change management, value stream mapping, six sigma, 5Y, root cause analysis, process design, data analysis and other lean techniques

  • Experience leveraging existing and new technologies to support new processes and ways of working

  • Ability to conduct simulations and pilots to ensure proper rollout of identified changes

  • Experience with project management methodologies, Agile concepts and analytical tools

  • Ability to present materials to executives, including Leadership Council

  • Ability to engage in active listening; connect business functions and processes beyond area of expertise; drawing connections to the bigger picture

  • Ability to use checkpoints and processes to measure results

  • Ability to lead by example, define roles/responsibilities, motivate and set strategy

  • Strong aptitude for critical thinking and a passion for problem solving

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Normal Work Environment – Work is normally performed in a shared office environment

  • Typically, 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday

  • May require work during nonstandard business hours

  • Some travel required


We Advance

We Care

We Collaborate

We Have Perspective

Posting Requirements

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.

Job Location: St Louis Job Segment: Engineer, Lean Six Sigma, Sustainability, Project Manager, Change Management, Engineering, Management, Energy, Technology

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