The Continuous Improvement Program Manager drives site Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives by working and collaborating with all levels of the organization. This position contributes to the systems analysis, design, redesign and reengineering of processes, systems, procedures, and operational changes to increase efficiency, safety, effectiveness, culture, compliance and quality. The CI Program Manager heads, identifies, develops and executes long-term and short-term CI strategies, working closely with production, planning, maintenance and distribution to increase capacity, reduce lead times, improve delivery upon request and improve product quality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Plan, lead, define, develop, review and audit strategic activities for CI initiatives while reinforcing established standards across the company.
Develop and maintain a site CI plan aligned with business strategies, improvement needs and industry best practices, including a multi-year transformational roadmap for each of the business units.
Continuously engage staff at all levels throughout the site to drive the CI strategy in collaboration with leadership.
Actively manage the CI strategy and elements, driving committed results and developing tools/methods for future versions.
Develop and track metrics related to improvement activities and promote standard processes, improved flow, and waste elimination.
Provide strategic leadership to production personnel and assure that facility improvement initiatives support corporate strategy and goals.
Facilitate training and development in lean manufacturing techniques, working directly with production, maintenance and quality management to assess, prioritize, and implement CI activities.
Conduct routine reviews and report on overall CI activities including accomplishments, participation, project activities and anticipated needs; summarizing and reporting results for appropriate management as necessary.
Develop and implement methods and procedures for monitoring projects and reporting project status.
Review technical opportunities and procedures of departments and recommend solutions or changes.
Coordinate and execute capacity improvements and develop implementation plans interdepartmentally as well as for each work group.
Design, implement and deliver site-wide initiatives and standards on a group-by-group basis in support of CI in order to drive future versions and/or improvements of the strategy and company culture.
Partner with leadership to develop competencies and drive behaviors throughout the organization.
Coordinate research surveys and studies, review compilations and analyses to determine potential benefits and expenditure justification. Submit proposals for final approval and implementation.
Support management with daily improvement activities.
Review technical publications to stay abreast of developments in the industry.
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, engineering or other relevant field.
8 years’ professional experience in continuous improvement or equivalent.
4 years’ experience in leadership and employee management/development.
Prior experience in food & beverage or pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Six Sigma certification.
HAACP and/or ISO certification.
Demonstrated project management experience in a fast-paced environment.
Strong analytical, leadership, attention to detail and organizational skills.
Superior communication skills, both verbal and written.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.