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Continuous Improvement Director
Ref No.: 20-08666
Location: Dover, Delaware
Associate Director, Manufacturing Continuous Improvement
Dover, DE

End Date: 4-6 Week assignments

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, Client utilization, overhead spend, capital utilization, indirect spend, plant utilization and efficiency, working capital both raw material and finished goods.

Principle Accountabilities:
o To standardize ways of working and manage the current/implemented CI processes across the Manufacturing network
o Ability to replicate best practices - sell the organization on the change associated with the proposals.
o Ownership for simplification of CI methods and applications for implementation
o Support management in the development, planning and execution of CI strategy
o Act as a key driver of change within the business, supporting management/cross functional decisions
o Act as change agent in challenging existing approaches and performance
o Responsible for planning and assisting in the execution of CI routines/rituals, improving the business's performance across Operations division
o Strong leadership demonstration in areas of change management and accountability
o Partner with PODs Lead, KHMS teams, and facilities to identify improvement projects throughout Operations
o 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
o Coordinate major initiatives across the supply chain to insure optimum cost. This coordination will include, but not be limited to, purchasing, distribution, and manufacturing
o Able to coach and mentor Lean Six Sigma projects throughout Operations

o A Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Engineering (Preferably IE) or related field is required.
o 10+ years of Continuous Improvement experience is required with the ability to articulate continuous improvement methodologies, technologies, and process design.
o Prior food manufacturing experience required; meat manufacturing preferred.
o Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt Certified is required.
o TPM experience – implementing and improving lean manufacturing tools.
o Production supervision experience and ability to lead a team (matrix relationship) of Process Managers.
o Able to facilitate data-driven statistical approaches to problem solving
o Able to provide mentoring and coaching to Continuous Improvement Leaders / Professionals
o Must be willing to travel to facilities as needed. (~90%)

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