Overview

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.

Summary

We are actively recruiting for a Continuous Improvement Manager to be based at our Washington, IN facility. This individual drives measurable results through facilitation and leadership of the Continuous Improvement Model. This role leads the process of engaging and empowering team members to identify, understand, and implement sustainable process improvements.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Become a business partner with operations & functional management, to identify opportunities, utilizing systematic problem solving (including Root Cause Analysis, Kaizens, Loss Analysis and DMAIC methodology) to eradicate losses while focusing on People-Process-Data to obtain measurable and sustainable results.
  • Utilizes Lean, Six Sigma techniques and CI tools to lead the organization in data-based decision making and driving actions to generate measurable improvement driving behavioral change across site through CI tools, methodology and coaching.
  • Manage Site Improvement Projects through project plan development, results tracking and leading and coaching site leaders through project execution process.
  • Delivers effective Continuous Improvement training courses (LEAN Training, Belt training, etc.) and programs to help increase team capability and awareness of the Continuous Improvement tools. The training should be tailored to meet organizational needs and priorities.
  • Implement, support and coach site Manufacturing Operating System (MOS), including Tier meetings, KPI development and tracking and standard work.
  • Co-facilitates Kaizen and 90-Day Improvement events in which we effectively build and lead focused and empowered teams to address systemic problems.
  • Achieves breakthrough financial results on a continuous basis
  • Develops and implements a plant communication plan for process improvement efforts.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for CI Methodology, CI Tools and the implementation of Daily Process controls to drive operational improvements.
  • Actively participate in benchmarking and CI Network connections to identify, translate and promote best practices that can be applied in the plant.
  • Support achievement of site conversation cost targets and identify cost reduction opportunities.
  • Execution of Company CI Strategy
  • Timely communication, tracking and reporting on project progress, results, and deviations from the project plan with key stakeholders.
  • Organize regular meetings with key stakeholders to share project status updates, define next steps in order to raise the performance bar, review pans to deliver sustainable SQDCSM improvements.
  • Promotes the transformation from a reactive organizational culture to one that is more preventative and predictable, utilizing data driven decision-making, sustainable actions, and the Continuous Improvement tools.
  • Develops and participates in Rewards and Recognition programs to promote the use of Continuous improvement and recognizing team successes.
  • Ensures deliverables support the 4-P’s. People (Safety, Retention, Increased Engagement and Empowerment), Products (consistency in products, quality of products, reliability of service), Profitability (support the attainment of key initiatives and improved competitive results), Planet (support the green initiatives)
  • Effective coaching and mentoring of CI Ambassadors and Specialists
  • Gains a solid understanding of the Company’s key initiatives, competitive priorities, accountabilities and ensures linkage of continuous improvement efforts with these goals.

Minimum Education

BS degree or equivalent related work experience. Degrees in Engineering, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Operations, Logistics, Food Science, Animal Science and Supply Chain are preferred but all majors will be considered.

Experience Requirements

  • CI Manager 2- 5-7 years of experience (Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence, Operations)
  • CI Manager 2 must have advanced project management skills
  • Travel 10% to support other CI Initiatives
  • Must possess knowledge of LEAN principles, Problem Solving Tools (RCA, DMAIC), Six Sigma, TQM, TPM and SPC.
  • Combination of business, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills
  • Strong Leadership skills in leading teams of people
  • Self-starter and motivated by challenge.
  • Strong sense of teamwork with high level of individual contribution
  • Ability to learn new concepts, combine with common sense, and effectively apply to problem solving
  • Strong communication, organization, and presentation skills
  • Able to communicate and work with teams at all organizational levels from Senior management to shop floor
  • Willingness to promote and drive change
  • Proficiency in O365 Tools (Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel)
  • Ability to support all Shift (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) on Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Experience Preferred

  • Power Apps/BI Experience
  • Minitab
  • Bilingual
  • Prior exposure to Continuous Improvement or Operational Excellence tools.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  1. Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional moving to other offices or buildings.
  2. May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another.
  3. May need to access files, supplies and equipment.
  4. Work activity is in an office, open-partitioned, cubicle environment.
  5. When in a plant environment:
  • Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces.
  • May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degree to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity.
  • May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db to 110 db.
  • May be exposed to all chemicals found in poultry, food and processing plant.
  • Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Tagged as: MID LEVEL