Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager in Tar Heel NC

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Smithfield Foods
Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager
Job ID: 
Tar Heel NC
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Job Types:
Continuous Improvement Manager, Prod./Plant Manager, Production Supervisor

Job Locations
US-NC-Tar Heel US-NC-Clinton US-CA-Vernon US-IL-St. Charles US-WI-CudahyYour Opportunity

The Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for developing, initiating, leading and driving plant continuous improvement projects from a corporate level. 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

  • Works with Operations management, Maintenance, Finance, supervisors, hourly employees and other divisions to develop ideas for improvement and potential solutions.
  • 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.
  • Acts as a change agent to identify and drive continuous improvement projects that realize cost savings for the organization.
  • Performs and evaluates economic analyses on projects.
  • 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.
  • Maintains and updates plant capacity numbers and creates reports to measure yield and labor performance.
  • Responsible for developing and leading projects to reduce negative variances.
  • Implements strategic planning and execution using techniques such as, 4 Disciplines of Execution and SWOT Analysis.
  • Coaches management in tactical execution of strategic plans.
  • 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&##39; relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Minimum of 3+ years&##39; experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
  • Experience leading continuous improvement projects in manufacturing, maintenance or engineering.
  • Knowledge of industrial engineering principles, required.
  • Demonstrated ability to use Continuous Improvement methods to reduce costs and manage projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement continuous improvement plans, lean manufacturing initiatives, 5S, value stream mapping, statistical process control and six sigma to drive change.
  • Formal lean manufacturing training, required.
  • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office Excel.
  • Familiarity with SAP, preferred.
  • Strong attention to detail, self-motivation, innovation and ability to operate autonomously.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to travel up to 75% of the time.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to Plant Continuous Improvement Managers.
Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield&##39;s benefits, visit

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing \"Good food. Responsibly.®\" and have made us one of the world&##39;s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan&##39;s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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