Continuous Improvement Manager

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Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager will be responsible for improving operational effectiveness throughout the Sweetmore Bakery network. This role will partner with local plant management at each bakery to build a continuous improvement culture. Success in this position requires the development of collaborative relationships and delivery of measurable results (cost, throughput and capacity) utilizing Lean principles projects. The CI Manager will focus on process improvements in the area of Safety, Quality, Service, Productivity and Cost. This position requires an ability to work at all levels within the organization.

What you'll do

Introduce Lean Manufacturing concepts to the manufacturing facility and support the management team with hands-on implementation

• Support production by identifying and eliminating process limitations, waste and bottlenecks

• Determine best practices and define standard work

• Lead Kaizen events in areas of 5S, TPM, Standard Work, Set-up Reduction/SMED, etc.

• Drive continuous improvement and problem solving in the manufacturing environment.

• Engage with applicable departments on a routine basis to stay informed of issues faced and subsequently resolve them

• Utilize continuous improvement tools and lean methodology to identify improvement opportunities and successfully implement solutions that improve OEE

• Coach/educate plant on OEE tracking and other operational metrics

• Create data gathering plan and/or leverage available data in order to identify and quantify improvement opportunities (ROIs, etc.)

• Serve as continuous improvement mentor for all employees within the Sweetmore Bakery network.

• Conduct process mapping exercises to define/optimize processes, aid in documenting standard work, and train impacted personnel

• Optimize work areas and process efficiencies.

• Create/share best practices across the bakeries regarding consistent metrics, goals, programs, policies, processes, etc.

• Drive capital expenditure investments with a focus on capacity planning and cost reduction.

What we're looking for

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Goal-oriented leadership style

• Ability to interface with colleagues ranging from plant floor employees to executive management

• Excellent problem-solving skills

• Ability to gather, analyze and interpret data

• Ability to lead and respond to a changing environment

• Ability to demonstrate best practices to shop floor employees

• Assertiveness to correct improper behaviors

• Must be a proactive “self-starter” who can work well without supervision

• Influence skills and strong experience in change management

• Project management skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Chemical, or Industrial Engineering required

• 5+ years proven experience in an implementation role of CI projects in a manufacturing environment

• Strong leadership skills are a must

Why join the team?

We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, featuring

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance coverages
  • 401k with a partial company-match
  • Great work life balance
  • Seven paid holidays
  • Generous PTO at hire
  • Extra PTO awarded for stellar attendance
  • $3000 Referral Bonus
  • Employee Assistance Program (benefits for your mental health)
  • Reimbursement for fitness center membership and usage
  • Constant aroma of our delicious sweet treats!
  • and more!


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