Continuous Improvement Engineering Manager in Lisle IL

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Smithfield Foods
Continuous Improvement Engineering Manager
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Lisle IL
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Job Types:
Continuous Improvement Engineer, Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Locations
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Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world&##39;s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories. Popular brands include Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan&##39;s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook&##39;s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly&##39;s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Our Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for developing, initiating, leading and driving plant continuous improvement projects across multiple locations. This includes process or business changes to reduce operating costs and overseeing project initiation, development, tracking and auditing. Responsible for supporting and/or facilitating key continuous improvement activities, in areas such as; waste reduction, cost savings, production efficiency, maintenance reliability, quality, safety, environmental, people development, business systems, business technology and business development initiatives.
Core Responsibilities

  • Identifies and leads projects related to cost reduction, quality improvement, line operations, training, and overall business process improvement.
  • Conducts root cause analysis to trouble shoot manufacturing/business and operational issues.
  • Communicates with members of management in Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Quality Assurance on a regular basis to report progress on projects and receives feedback from the various departments to develop process and manufacturing practices that meet internal and customer expectations.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the operations department in a way that ensures least cost and high quality production.
  • Develops and conducts compliance audits, program evaluations and reviews to drive results with the fortitude to ensure change in sustainable.
  • Works with Operations management, Maintenance, Finance, supervisors, hourly employees and other divisions to develop ideas for improvement and potential solutions.
  • Proactively works to prevent process failures by working with Business Managers and Operations to develop plans, process controls, and training to ensure least cost, highest quality production.
  • Works with Engineering to evaluate new technologies and processes.
  • Facilitates capacity studies for future growth opportunities as dictated by business.
  • Identifies and facilitates the implementation of process improvements and cost savings opportunities aligned with key business objects. Tracks and measures results of improvement initiatives. Performs and evaluates economic analyses on projects.
  • Acts as a change agent to identify and drive continuous improvement projects that realize cost savings for the organization.
  • Establishes and implements meaningful metrics to set yield, labor and supply standards; tracks and identifies gaps in performance; explains discrepancies and facilitates system solutions.
  • Oversees project performance and ensures timely completion and achievement of goals.
  • Implements strategic planning and execution using techniques such as, 4 Disciplines of Execution and SWOT Analysis.
  • Coaches management and corporate leadership in tactical execution of strategic plans.
  • Facilitates training and workshops to drive continuous improvement cultural changes.
  • Completes special projects and provides relief supervision, as needed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor&##39;s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 5+ years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Industrial Engineering Degree, preferred.
  • 2+ years&##39; experience acting as a lead by providing training, guidance or mentoring to less experienced staff or managing processes and projects.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing.
  • Manufacturing knowledge and understanding of yields, plant efficiencies and operations procedures.
  • Continuous improvement/Lean/Six Sigma training/certifications preferred.
  • Previous processing equipment skills that correlate with system operation and maintenance, preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with plant employees up through top-level corporate leadership.
  • High level of organizational planning, teamwork, mathematical and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Knowledge Microsoft Office Suite, including proficiency in Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail and desire to maintain integrity and quality of one&##39;s work.
  • Decisive and able to respond to observations in a timely manner.
  • May be required to work long hours and weekends.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and produce high quality and quantity output that adds value to the company.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Requires travel, up to 50% of the time.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to Continuous Improvement Engineering staff.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization&##39;s policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield, is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.
Careers and Benefits

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