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Vacancy: Manager- Continuous Improvement, Gustine, CA, USA

Vacancy: Manager- Continuous Improvement, Gustine, CA, USA
Posted on: Aug.12.2021

At Saputo, our best comes from our people. We’re a talented and caring team with a longstanding history of excellence.?Since our first days delivering cheese on a bicycle, we’ve grown into a leading global dairy processor by staying true to the culture that defines us. Each of our employees is committed to uphold our tradition of care, quality, and passion through food, and together, we foster an environment where we can all make contributions that matter–from our manufacturing plants to our office locations and everywhere in-between.

The role of the Continuous Improvement Manager will facilitate business teams and will be responsible for managing Process Improvement initiatives utilizing the Management Operating System (MOS). Will be responsible for leveraging processes and executing process overhaul and/or upgrade programs for the organization at the local level. In addition, the role will take responsibility for coaching, training, communications, base lining, auditing, identifying and transferring best practices externally and internally.

Position Responsibilities

-Act as an internal consultant for location to lead, define and develop continuous improvement activities.
-Coach and champion functions to identify and implement opportunities to improve program and process effectiveness.
-Plan and coordinate training to others who will support the Process Improvement initiatives.
-Lead problem-solving efforts to improve quality and eliminate waste/cost of poor performance at the plant level.
-Apply analysis to improve efficiencies and process capability.
-Prepare and present oral and written presentations to internal/external teams.
-Design, drive and perform operational analysis of business processes. Drive and track these projects to successful completion.
-Document and institutionalizes using controls and scorecards to ensure lasting project benefits. Identifies and leverages best practices across the organization.
-Identifies key elements of process improvement and partners with process owners to deliver sustainable and repeatable change. Develops and prepare metrics and related reports.
-Prepare and present reports, results and data to the Executive team.
-Conduct regular and periodic audits of the Management Operating System.
-Facilitate the development of action plans to variances as identified through the audit process.
-Facilitate the CI process, steering committee and corrective teams.
-Provide technical direction/guidance to personnel as required.
-Function as facility Process Improvement champion regarding tasks, projects, cost and yield improvement opportunities and operations.
-Travel as needed to partner with other facilities, participate in continuous improvement committees to share best practice with other locations.
-Adhere to the Saputo Code of Ethics and actively apply the Saputo values
-Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

-Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of leadership experience.
-Lean, Six Sigma, and/ or other Continuous Improvement certification, Blackbelt certification a plus.
-Internal Candidates: A minimum of 5 years hands-on plant technical experience in the dairy plant or food industry operations, with a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.
-Must have exceptional leadership skills.
-Advance math and statistical problem solving skills.
-Must have a good understanding of budgeting and cost control.
-Must have the ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed and involved written or oral instructions and mathematical calculations.
-Must have the ability to prioritize and organize.
-Must have the ability to demonstrate superb decision-making ability to determine best course of action in assessing test results.
-Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and computer-based applications.
-Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead others through change.
-Ability to read, write and interpret documents such as safety rules, procedure manuals and mathematical calculations.
-Ability to write and document procedures, reports and other documents in a professional business format.
-Ability to read, comprehend and follow simple instructions.
-Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other employees of the organization.
-Ability to hear and perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
-Must have clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
-Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
-Skill in organization and prioritization, and attention to detail.
-Strong team player and leader with the ability to work across multiple functions and disciplines.

Saputo is among the top three cheese producers in the USA and one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products. We have a diversified product portfolio with well-known retail brands, such as Friendship Dairies, Frigo Cheese, Montchevre, Stella and Treasure Cave, and a strong foodservice presence, partnering with chain restaurants and broadline distributors. Thanks to our countrywide footprint and national and international distribution networks, we're proud to bring our best to our customers and, consumers and have plenty of opportunities for our employees to grow in their own way. And we do it while also striving to build a healthier future for our people and the communities where we operate, guided by our values and the Saputo Promise. To learn more about Saputo in the USA, please click here. (

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