Sr. Continuous Improvement Manager - Master Black Belt in Sheboygan Falls WI

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Johnsonville, LLC
Sr. Continuous Improvement Manager - Master Black Belt
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Sheboygan Falls WI
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Continuous Improvement Engineer, Continuous Improvement Manager, Prod./Plant Manager

Because our goal is to become the best company in the world, continuous improvement is and always will be essential. As a member of Johnsonville s continuous improvement team, you ll champion ways to improve efficiencies, eliminate activities and distractions that fail to add value, and streamline operations to ensure that every effort made by your fellow Members truly leads to our success. While using your lean manufacturing and continuous improvement skills, you ll provide learning opportunities for other members to stretch and grow.

Johnsonville, LLC

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Sr. Continuous Improvement Manager, Master Black Belt

Position Overview:
The Sr. Continuous Improvement (CI)Manager - Master Black Beltwill be involved in creating and implementing a variety of projects which will help us get closer to our vision of being the "Best Company in the World. The focus of projects and initiatives will include safety, quality, people and productivity. Your skills, talents, knowledge and leadership will be utilized by creating necessity to learn around continuous improvement tools and practices, which will widen the circle of engagement and ownership within the facility. You will have the opportunity to challenge the status quo at an enterprise level and will work with owners of processes to create, maintain and improve standards.


  • Own and drive business unit and enterprise-level improvement projects to completion. Ensure rigorous application of the DMAIC methodology to deliver step-level improvements in specified timeframe.
  • Coach and mentor Lean Six Sigma methods and data analytics into organizational operations as well as provide learning opportunities to members.
  • Develop and execute a 3-year productivity pipeline of large impact improvements to achieve Johnsonville s productivity targets, including coordinating work with finance and capital engineering to validate project feasibility.
  • Incorporate voice of the customer requirements and data analysis in all process improvements to improve process capabilities.
  • Work with cross functional teams and functional SME s to analyze data and to identify gaps, non-value added steps, and other impediments which lead to execution of process solutions.
  • Conduct Continuous Improvement statistical analysis and simulation studies as needed, using software such as Minitab, Arena, Alteryx or others.


  • Bachelor s Degree required in Engineering, Business Administration or Food Science, or related field


  • Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification required
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working directly with six sigma tools and methods in a lean manufacturing environment. Minimum 2 years of work as a Master Black Belt or equivalent.
  • Broad knowledge and application experience with LEAN, process improvement, structured problem solving, TQM tools and methods.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated project management excellence. Track record of results
  • Demonstrated experience of implementing sustainable process improvements with front line members
  • Ability to widen the circle of engagement within the membership
  • Excellent team facilitation skills. Build teams in a collaborative work style: Previous successful experience in team building and motivating others
  • Strong leadership and change agent skills
  • Able to communicate effectively with others and establish credibility
  • Willing to travel up to 40% of the time using CI expertise to work on organizational optimization projects and initiatives

Date: September 9, 2021

Coach for this position: CI Coach

(We don t have bosses at Johnsonville. We have Coaches. They are there to help you develop your talents. They cannot make you run laps.)

Location: Tech Center- Sheboygan Falls, WI

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member and, yes, Membership has its privileges like the ability to buy sausage at great discounts. Our more traditional benefits are great, too.)

Travel: 40%

Member Status: Full Time, Salaried

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member and, yes, Membership has its privileges like the ability to buy sausage at great discounts. Our more traditional benefits are great, too.)

Reason for Posting: Member promoted (We love it when that happens!)

Referral Bonus: Refer a new member and you re BOTH eligible for a $1,000 referral reward (paid out in increments over the new hire s first 6 months of service)!

About our Company

Since 1945, our family-owned band of sausage-makers has invented better ways to make, eat and prepare crave-able sausage. Today, we are 2,000 Members strong. We sell our famous sausage in all 50 United States and more than 40 countries. We have a culture built on the idea that if we make developing your talents our top priority, great business results will follow naturally. We call it The Johnsonville Way. It has been our secret sauce for decades, and we hope you get to experience it for yourself!

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We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country. We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.

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