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Continuous Improvement Manager

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Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager is responsible for leading and executing the site Continuous Improvement and transformation roadmap. The position will work with site leadership to continually assess plant operations and provide solutions on resolving safety, quality, service/production, and driving cost improvements by overseeing the coordinating projects with area owners that investigate cost reductions, material usage improvements, and cost optimization. Responsible for overseeing the maintaining and reporting progress to various leaders within Supply Chain and Finance to ensure quarterly and annual targets are achieved. Making efficient and best use of resources to ensure business projects meet tight, often fixed deadlines.

•    Partners with site leadership and function leaders to develop future state vision and strategy, develops and maintain the site CI / transformational roadmap, and continually re-assesses the site’s needs.
•    Develops, coaches, and mentors site leadership, production, and support staff to actively advance the knowledge, application, and coaching of CI methodology, tools, and techniques.
•    Responsible for the successful development and execution of CI projects that involve the following tools: OEE, TPM, SMED, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Material Flow, etc.
•    Directs the development of the cost optimization process within ESC.  Ensures all area owners are trained on the process
•    Oversees the overall maintaining and reporting of productivity progress to various business leaders 
•    Collaborates with finance to determine optimization targets, aligning with site director on the targets by area and communicates targets to area owners.
•    Leads the collaboration effort between area owners and the continuous improvement engineers to coordinate projects that investigate cost reduction, material usage improvements, and cost optimization 
•    Identifies the project team, communicating efficiently across management levels and escalating in a professional and timely manner when necessary.
•    Responsible for updates to all project champions, monitoring components of activity to ensure project deliverables are met within scope, resource, time, cost and quality.
•    Developing and monitoring risk management plans, resolving any issues during the project life cycle and ensuring the agreed deadlines are achieved on time in full.  Influencing a wide range of people, internal and external to Supply Chain.

•    Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Supply Chain, or related field preferred
•    10+ years of multi-functional supply chain experience with 3+ of manufacturing management experience
•    Ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet or exceed deadlines and objectives.  
•    Ability to work in a fast paced and changing environment
•    Project management experience.  Preferably in a multi-functional or multi-national environment
•    Excellent communication skill at all levels of the organization
•    Ability to drive change at all levels of the organization.  Demonstrates initiatives, ownership, and accountability across the organization.
•    Demonstrated capability to coach and lead others in the application of continuous improvement,  LEAN tools, and TPM Pillar deployment.
•    Six Sigma Green Belt Required / Black Belt preferred


In Return Reckitt (formerly Mead Johnson) offer very competitive salaries with excellent benefits and the chance to progress your career within a truly global organisation.
RB is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence and business need.

Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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