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Portland General Electric 6641 - Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist in Portland, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!


As a Continuous Improvement Department, we are accountable for how we solve problems and deliver results. We help solve PGE’s complex business problems through facilitation, coaching and training, and strive to achieve our goals by developing our people as strong problem solvers.

As a Sr. Continuous Improvement Specialist, you will support accountable leaders and process owners in identifying, designing, analyzing, implementing and improving core business processes. This role requires in-depth knowledge and experience in lean principles and methodologies. As an informal leader and influencer, you will also challenge the status quo, take a new perspective using existing solutions and work independently.

Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist 6641

Grade A07


Planning and Analysis Partnering with PGE’s leadership, analyzes business needs and identifies potential cross-functional continuous improvement initiatives. Scopes potential initiatives to forecast the anticipated benefits and resource needs of each. Prioritizes needs.

Process/Continuous Improvement Supports planning and implementing improvement initiatives. Identifies goals aligned to strategic objectives. Develops project plans, success metrics and acceptance criteria. May assign work to others and monitor for completion. Decides when project meets acceptance criteria. Identifies risks and notifies project sponsors. Identifies and implements risk mitigation. Recommends mitigation strategies and escalates issues.

Stakeholder Engagement/Change Management Supports developing overall communication and change management strategy. Implements or oversees implementation of communication plans. Provides timely, accurate status reports. May design and deliver reports, proposals, presentations and/or supporting materials.

Impact Assessment Assesses impacts of changes to process, technology, organization structure and policy in connection with midsize to moderately complex projects and strategic initiatives and in consultation with officers, managers, supervisors and individual contributors. Evaluates effectiveness of change efforts.

Project Reporting and Documentation May design, implement and maintain file architecture system. Archives and organizes or oversees the archive and organization of all project documentation. Facilitates lessons-learned discussions and documents information for future projects. Ensures document retention complies with appropriate regulations when applicable.



Education Requires a bachelor’s degree with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree preferred.

Experience Typically five or more years in practicing lean methodology, change management and hands-on coaching and problem solving.

Certifications, Licenses and Training Prefer Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and/or change management certification such as PROSCI.


  • Advanced knowledge of A3 coaching, kaizen event facilitation and implementing daily management systems

  • Strategic project management experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of data analysis and basic statistical tools

  • Knowledge of systems-thinking concepts and principles

  • Knowledge of group problem-solving methods and techniques, including problem analysis, nominal group and brainstorming techniques and consensus building

  • Skills in strategic thinking in order to understand where the organization is, where it wants to be and how to get there

  • Working consulting skills

  • Change leadership skills

  • Presentation and facilitation skills

  • Conflict management skills

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

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At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.