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Continuous Improvement Manager

Company: iHire
Location: Visalia
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Job Description:

r prestigious client is seeking a Continuous Improvement Manager to drive the improvement of processes and systems in the manufacturing dairy plants and implement programs that will have continuing long-term benefits. Additionally, develop plans, schedules, and budgets for projects to improve existing manufacturing processes.

Purpose of the role

This role is a crucial position within the organization responsible for the delivery of process innovation and continuous improvement initiatives across multiple manufacturing departments. It will play an essential role in helping to foster a culture of sustainable change through the creation and embedding of LEAN methodology and the supporting framework to deliver business transformation.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To identify and deliver service improvement activity across the manufacturing operations through employing process improvement methodologies and the application of innovative thinking
  • To work with crucial manufacturing stakeholders, to build a continuous improvement environment to support an ongoing program of change
  • To lead and facilitate process improvement workshops to drive ideas and solutions
  • To support the delivery of better value and greater efficiency through the identification and elimination of unnecessary complexity within processes and identification of better ways of working
  • To identify trends and process variations as part of establishing a continuous improvement monitoring system
  • To assist in the development and implementation of a 'best-in-class' continuous improvement strategy
  • To take ownership of change initiatives from evolution/efficiency identification through to project delivery via internal governance and controls
  • To work closely with the new Product Development team to implement new and improved manufacturing processes for new innovations
  • To elicit requirements and drive process change using staff interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, business analysis, and workflow analysis
  • To work with other team members and business services departments to devise new support material based on the revised processes, to include training, reporting and systems enhancements
  • To actively monitor project risks to foresee/identify potential problems and proactively identify solutions to address in advance
  • To ensure the business impact and project objectives/dependencies are identified, reported on and managed at all times
  • To set up a program, deliver coaching and run projects pan jurisdiction
  • To complete post-implementation reviews to ensure successful delivery has been achieved and to ensure that improvements can be made for future projects Competencies

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


      • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Must maintain excellent communication, both verbal and written, with managers and employees.
      • Coordinate on-the-job training.
      • Oversee adherence to company policies and procedures.
      • Must have the ability to work with all levels of the organization to facilitate change and improvements on the manufacturing floor and beyond
      • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

        Education and Experience

        • Accredited Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt, preferably Black Belt
        • Minimum 5-7 years proven continuous improvement analytical experience from a similar role, including project management and business analysis with an excellent understanding of continuous improvement concepts including Six Sigma, Lean, value stream mapping
        • Ability to set-up, facilitate and lead service improvement sessions with a range of business stakeholders (incl. experience of process/value stream mapping)
        • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including Project, Visio, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
        • Taking accountability for ideas from inception to delivery, in an environment that requires robust metrics to confirm the success
        • Experience of designing or implementing a framework of continuous improvement in a multijurisdictional organization
        • Experience of hands-on implementation of continuous improvement programs and Lean solutions
        • Experience of creating remediation plans to address productivity and efficiency issues, and track record of following through to ensure closure
        • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of employees and subject matter experts
        • Strong analytical, project and product management skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret business needs and translate them into operational requirements
        • Experience of the whole project life cycle, able to operate in the initial conceptual design stage, in the depths of system testing, and at each stage in between.

          Employment Type: Full Time

          Years Experience: 5 - 10 years

Keywords: iHire, Visalia , Continuous Improvement Manager, Executive , Visalia, California

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