Ajinomoto Foods North America

  • Continuous Improvement Manager

    Job Locations US-MS-Oakland
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/1/2018 12:59 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Field
    Administration/Accounting (Finance)
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    First Shift
  • Overview

    Manager of Continuous Improvement is responsible for leading and managing the continuous improvement process for all areas of the plant. This person will build teams, develop CI plans and drive continuous improvement to include operations, maintenance, warehouse, materials planning and scheduling, and quality assurance. The goal of this person is to lead continuous improvement in all aspects of the facility by utilizing the tools, methodology, and processes of continuous improvement.



    Oversee all aspects of continuous improvement for the plant organization.


    Develops annual plans for the CI in the facility to include QES.


    Develops and implements training plans for the plant to promote growth and improvements to

    the CI process.


    Delivers measurable cost savings, tangible quality/safety/environmental/sustainable improvements to the plant.


    Standardizes measurement metrics for the plant to include KPI’s, OEE, Maintenance, Sanitation, Warehouse, Material management, and other operational functions.


    Supports development of capital plans and plant budgeting as needed to support CI.


    Implements KPI’s, OEE, and other measurements across the plant.


    Leads regularly scheduled CI meetings with plant leadership to review and track progress.


    Trains & educates the plant personnel on methodologies of CI to include 5S, OEE, Lean, SPC, RCA, 5W and others.


    Establishes and promotes a “do it right the first time” culture in the plant.


    Communicates and influences change in processes and methods.


    Works with plant leadership to establish recognition and celebration to promote CI involvement.


    Actively pursues “best practices” to improve the plant.


    • Preference of four year degree, but work experience and training can be considered as a substitute to the degree.
    • One to three years’ experience in CI or related field.
    • Experience in food, pharma, or consumer products manufacturing.
    • Ability to build teams, lead cross functional groups, and drive performance.
    • Must have skills in development and implementation of CI training.
    • Must have green belt or be actively enrolled in green belt certification training class.
    • Firm understanding of Lean, SPC, 5S, Six Sigma, and other CI tools.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Must have project management skills, be detailed oriented & able to prioritize & manage multiple projects at one time.
    • Understand how to relate and present materials to all levels of the plant.
    • Must have advance computer skills in excel and other CI software packages.
    • Must be willing to travel at least 10% of the time.


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