Reporting to the Plant Director, the Continuous Improvement Leader is responsible for Continuous Improvement (further CI) in the manufacturing location he or she is based in. The CI Leader is responsible for the development and coordination of CI activities. The development of CI takes place in close cooperation with the Sr. Director of Continuous Improvement for Refresco NA and the Plant Director. The CI Leader will work closely together with the Plant Leadership to further deploy CI in the plant. The CI Leader will lead Continuous Improvement initiatives and train and develop others in the plant to lead similar projects.
The following are essential duties and responsibilities for this position:
Develops a clear and compelling Continuous Improvement Strategy for their location in close cooperation with the Plant Director and the Sr. Director Continuous Improvement Refresco NA
Introduces and executes CI tools in the plant
Secures support for this CI strategy at all necessary levels
Actively seeks and evaluates process improvements in the plant and translates them in CI projects helping to increase output and efficiency in the plant
Proposes and leads Continuous Improvement projects in the plant to achieve expected benefits and participates in and coordinates the development of CI project plans including assigning roles and responsibilities
Develops reports at plant level of all Continuous Improvement activities including accomplishments, participation, projected activities, and anticipated needs
Holds project meetings and ensures their follow-up by monitor the progress of planned improvements to assure their timely execution
Uses appropriate measurement, analysis and evaluation methods to accurately identify and document process improvements.
Trains and coaches plant personnel at hourly and salaried level on Continuous Improvement processes and methodology
Operates cross functionally to assure information flow and understanding of overall process improvement direction and expected results.
Implements best practices and new ideas driven by the Sr. Director of Continuous Improvement and other leaders in Operations
Helps define and maintain KPI structure at plant and regional level
Experience in Food/ Beverage Manufacturing preferred
Proficient in Excel, Word, SAP and Power Point
Strong team player who is able to work across multiple functions
Ability to analyze and solve problems, results oriented
Able to work under deadline pressures
Organized and detail oriented, adaptable to change
Excellent interpersonal, training and communication skills, verbal and written.
College degree in a related field.
5+ years+ relevant work experience in Continuous Improvement and/or manufacturing leadership.
Group Leadership: Directing and guiding a group of employees in the performance of their tasks; establishing and maintaining the team spirit and joint activities needed to achieve a set goal.
Coaching: Directing and guiding an employee in the performance of his/her job; adapting coaching style to employee and situation so that the employee can develop optimally.
Teamwork: Contributing actively to a joint result or solution to a problem, even when such teamwork concerns a matter which is not of immediate personal interest.
Entrepreneurial: Recognizing market opportunities for both current and new products/services and considering them in a business-like manner; taking risks to achieve a business advantage
Vision: Standing back from day-to-day activities; concentrating on major issues and long-term policy
Behavioral flexibility: Modifying one's behavior to reach a set goal when problems or opportunities arise
Performance Orientation: Setting high standards regarding one's own work and acting accordingly; showing dissatisfaction with merely average performance
Results orientation: Actively focused on achieving results and objectives; ready to take action in case of disappointing results
Physical-Continuously standing or walking. Regular requirements to lift/handle/carry material or equipment of moderate weight.
Visual/Sensory-This position requires regular need to give moderate attention with one or two senses at a time.
Work environment- Work and environment are very repetitive.
Mental Stress- There is pronounced pressure from deadlines, production quotas, accuracy or similar demands.