Title:  Thailand/Laos CI manager

Position: Thailand/Laos CI manager

Reports to: VP Operational excellence

Location: Bangkok, Ladkrabang


Essilor is the world leader in ophthalmic optics with a presence in 100 countries. The Group designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of vision care solutions that help to correct, protect and prevent risks to the visual health of around one billion people worldwide.

In line with its mission to improve lives by improving sight, Essilor allocates more than €200 million to research and innovation every year to widen access to eyewear that is tailored to each person’s unique visual needs and lifestyle. It leverages a world class supply chain including 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and made to measure finishing facilities. The Group also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Sustainability is at the heart of Essilor’s mission, with healthy vision for all contributing to several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Essilor was recently recognized in Fortune’s Change the World list, for the progress it is making in addressing the issue of visual health as part of its core business strategy. All employees of Essilor will help to deliver in sustainability and carry out our mission.


Nice to know

The position holder will lead an ambitious lean program – LIFE - launched by the group.

He/She will develop, promote, and support the execution of the continuous improvement program for our 3 Asian plants (EMTC and TOTL in Thailand, ELCL in Laos)


Your day in the Worldwide LIFE team

Short term activities

Animate the company LIFE (Lean Initiative for Excellence) program, in order to improve performances and generate cost saving program.

     a. Ensure deployment of this breakthrough program. Support the plants in the implementation of the LIFE system and related CI tools (lean initiative, Kaizen, 5S, QRAP, Loading file etc)

     b. Lead specific workshops in plants in order to bring changes and improvements on the floor

     c. Make sure priorities are defined and action plans aligned accordingly

     d. Make sure results are properly consolidated, communicated, and commented at all levels

     e. Organize periodic reviews with all concerned persons in order to follow up the program

     f. Ensure the coordination with the worldwide Continuous Improvement organization


Middle term activities

Deploy the LIFE system

     a. Participate to the building period of the new LIFE System and contribute to build some specific expertise training modules depending on his own expertise fields

     b. Train teams in accordance with the LIFE academy program

     c. Coordinator n the region of the LIFE academy deployment

     d. Coach and develop teams                                                                                                                                   

Develop Continuous Improvement culture


Long term activities

Determine budget targets for LIFE actions in line with plant budget

Lead diagnosis of the site (end to end or deep dive)

Support to define LIFE priorities of the site                                                                       

Track KPI’s / STA / Savings

Ensure reporting (on saving, best practices, + 1slide subject summary)

Define the required training (LIFE, others)

Contribute to future state, ideal state

Help to define list of projects as part of MTP

Develop automation projects

Organize regular LIFE maturity assessment and review for actions with site management


Must have

Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field. Experience in Problem solving and decision making method, SPC, and experimental design, Experience in Lean Manufacturing. 

1. Significant knowledge of continuous improvement tools with proven successful implementation.

2. Significant manufacturing experience at manager level in Asia (> 5 years)

3. Able to deal with diverse people at any level of the organization

4. Excellent interpersonal skills including interest for people development

5. Must demonstrate a passion for achieving results

6. Action oriented and hands on approach


This position requires travelling to Laos ~ 20% of the time.