Associate Director, Continuous Improvement

Kraft Heinz Company - Chicago, IL3.6

Full-timeEstimated: $88,000 - $120,000 a year
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Job Description

Role / Title:
The Associate Director, Manufacturing Continuous Improvement will provide a full range of productivity services to Operations and direct cost reduction programs for factories including leading lean events, implementing Lean/CI systems throughout the North American facilities, developing and measuring facility systems and developing and delivering continuous improvement training programs for the facilities. Direction in disciplines of best business practices including, but not limited to, yield improvement, manpower utilization, overhead spend, capital utilization, indirect spend, plant utilization and efficiency, working capital both raw material and finished goods.

Principle Accountabilities:
Manage the current/implemented manufacturing CI process across Operations division
This position will support management in the development, planning and execution of CI strategy
This position will act as a key driver of change within the business, supporting management/cross functional decisions
Act as change agent in challenging existing approaches and performance
Responsible for planning and assisting in the execution of CI routines/rituals, improving the business’s performance across Operations division
Strong leadership demonstration in areas of change management and accountability
Partner with POD Lead and Execution team, facilities to identify improvement projects throughout Operations
Focus on manufacturing performance that constantly strives to eliminate waste, improve conformance to plan, reduce conversion costs and to improve efficiency using continuous improvement methodologies and tools
Coordinate major initiatives across the supply chain to insure optimum cost. This coordination will include, but not be limited to, purchasing, distribution, and manufacturing
Able to coach and mentor Lean Six Sigma projects throughout Operations
Ability to replicate best practices - sell the organization on the change associated with the proposals.
Ownership for simplification of CI methods and applications for implementation
To standardize ways of working across respective sites
A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Engineering (Preferably IE) or related field is required.
5+ years of Continuous Improvement experience is required with the ability to articulate continuous improvement methodologies, technologies, and process design.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt Certified is preferred
Able to lead a team (matrix relationship) of Process Managers.
Able to facilitate data-driven statistical approaches to problem solving
Able to provide mentoring and coaching to Continuous Improvement Leaders / Professionals
Must be willing to travel to facilities as needed.
Chicago/Aon Center, Employee's Home - Geo
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity