Senior Continuous Improvement Leader in St. Louis MO

Deli Star Corporation
Senior Continuous Improvement Leader
Job ID: 
St. Louis MO
Not Specified
Job Types:
Continuous Improvement Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer/Manager
Employment Type:
Full Time

JOB TITLE: Senior Continuous Improvement Leader

JOB TYPE: Full-time

DEPARTMENT: Operations

REPORTS TO: Director of Operations

LOCATIONS: Food Discovery Center - St. Louis, MO (FDC)


Deli Star Corporation has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Continuous Improvement Leader to join the Deli Star family. For 34 years, Deli Star has hired industry-best professionals to bolster recognition by our industry as the ##1 provider of the safest, highest quality protein solutions, and as culinary innovation experts that build and maintain the most satisfying relationships with our partners.

At Deli Star, we love coming to work every day to discover new and better ways of producing health, happiness, and the joy of food. Our chefs, food scientists, executives and employees have a passion for people, science, and food. We propel innovation through an embrace of collaboration.

We are foodies and innovators who view food as fuel. Deli Star’s long-standing mantra, “it’s all about the people” begins internally with a people-first culture of joy, and extends to all our partners - customers, suppliers, and the community.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Champion plant Lean, Six Sigma continuous improvement initiative
  • Packaging and Process Engineering
  • Plant Production/Quality Software System Champion
  • Plant Support and Other Responsibilities

Description of Responsibilities and Objectives:

  • Champion plant Lean, Six Sigma continuous improvement initiative
    • Develop and lead companies continuous improvement initiatives
    • Train and mentor manufacturing, maintenance, and quality personnel on Lean/Six Sigma certification and projects
    • Develop, track, and report continuous improvement/cost savings budget to senior management
    • Lead cross functional project teams, with a focus on inclusion and results
    • Develop robust metric systems that support lean manufacturing philosophy
    • Work with senior leadership, peers, and production employees to identify manufacturing cost reduction, employee safety, and capacity improvement projects
    • Develop and/or support initiation and approval of project charters, including detailed scope of projects, target savings, team members and timelines
    • Utilize continuous improvement problem solving to identify and improve plant safety, meeting defined plant safety metrics
    • Lead plant Industry 4.0 initiative
  • Packaging and Process Engineering
    • Coordinate with production and supply chain teams to optimize packaging equipment, layout, and efficiency
    • Packaging component subject matter expert (SME) for new product development and product improvement, including food contact primary packaging, secondary packaging, equipment capability, and bulk packaging
    • Advise R&D/Product Development team on product packaging, including physical properties, impact on shelf life, cost/quality, and finished package design
    • Act as SME regarding industrial food packaging, plastics, moisture and oxygen barriers, refrigerated shelf life
  • Plant Production/Quality Software System Champion
    • Act as primary point of contact for installation, implementation and reporting of Plant Production/Quality Software
    • Utilize software to identify opportunities for improvement
    • Train Production, Sanitation, Quantity, and Plant Leadership to effectively utilize software
    • Create detailed reports on Manufacturing and Quality metrics (OEE, downtime, safety rate, production rate) and present to Sr Leadership
  • Plant Support and other responsibilities
    • Write work instructions, PM’s, and other support documentation
    • Train Operations, Maintenance, and Sanitation
    • Troubleshoot breakdowns and downtimes
    • Support and work with Quality, Operations, and Maintenance
    • Set up and adjust equipment for processes and scale up
    • Improve ergonomics and safety of processes throughout plant


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Food Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or similar discipline and experience
  • 7 Years experience in food or other manufacturing, minimum of 2 years in a Continuous Improvement role
  • Certified in one or more continuous improvement discipline (Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, or similar certification)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Minitab, Google Suite, Tableau
  • Proficient with industrial control software (Allen Bradley, Siemens, etc.)
  • Knowledge of HACCP, USDA, FDA, as they relate to the food processing industry
  • Project Management experience
  • Self motivated, good organizational skills, and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize
  • Must be able to walk or stand majority of shift
  • Must be able to work in a cold, damp to hot, wet, and humid environments
  • Must be able to reach, pull, and lift up to 50 lbs
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