ACH Food Companies, Inc.
  • Summit, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Job Overview:

This position is responsible for leading the Continuous Improvement initiatives of the ACH Foods Argo plant.  The Continuous Improvement Manager shall be responsible for providing the expertise and leadership necessary to develop and implement Continuous Improvement initiatives aimed at producing high quality products, in a safe, efficient, and cost effective environment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops core continuous improvement strategies that are calibrated and aligned to the overall company CI strategy.
  • Develops and implements continuous improvement initiatives with an overall goal of improving the safety, quality, cost, and efficiency metrics.
  • Develops business partnerships with various Department Managers such as: Production, Maintenance, Warehouse, Quality, Sanitation, Engineering and Safety to ensure that resources are allocated appropriately to achieve Continuous Improvement objectives and results.
  • Utilization of continuous improvement methodologies such as: 5S, Autonomous Maintenance, SMED (Quick Changeover), value stream mapping, kaizen, and visual controls to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Leads cross-functional teams in value stream mapping, kaizen, A3, 5S, SMED, problem solving, and pokayoke. Drives changes in operations, business processes and quality.
  • Researches and analyses basic and complex issues surrounding the processes and systems of an organization. Makes recommendations to improve processes, efficiency and practices.
  • Development of OEE standards for each packaging line through the use of line capability studies. This includes downtime tracking at a line and asset level with an overall goal of identifying and prioritizing areas of opportunity.
  • Develops, implements, and sustains a root cause analysis model to be utilized throughout the facility with an overall objective of resolving issues at their root cause. Leads training and educations of the Management Team, as well as, shop floor personnel in utilizing root cause analysis tools such as:  5-Why and fishbone.
  • Establishes and maintains systems to ensure quality such as "right the first time" or "no fault forward" programs.
  • Works in collaboration with Human Resource leadership to develop and implement education and CI training programs at both the Management and shop floor levels.
  • Researches new technologies and procedures to enhance production and best in class continuous improvement approach.
  • Leads complex cross functional improvement projects from conception to delivery, on time, and within budget constraints. Drives accountability of the CI processes in the facilities.
  • Coaches and develops Continuous Improvement staff in the plant.
  • Leads the development & documentation of standard work at the leadership & shop floor levels. Improves upon established standards and challenging "status quo" through a collaborative kaizen process. 

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Food Manufacturing, Operations Management, or Supply Chain Management.
  • 5+ years proven track record leading continuous improvement initiatives in a unionized plant manufacturing environment, including 2 years supervisory experience. Transformational culture change experience a plus.
  • Must be current with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Knowledge of packaging equipment is desired. Working knowledge of SAP a plus.
  • Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing certification is desired. (Green Belt / Black Belt)
  • Primarily a 1st shift position, however off-shift and weekend work will be required on occasion
  • Analytical Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data. Understands statistical process control.
  • Problem Solving Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions.
  • Project Management Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress.
  • Interpersonal Skills Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting.
  • Oral Communication Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions.
  • Written Communication Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Leadership Exhibits confidence in self and others; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others. Strong will to drive change.
  • Finance Ability to translate projects and initiatives to financial goals.
  • Training Excellent training and presentation skills.
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