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Continuous Improvement Manager

Date:  Jan 10, 2023

Washington, IN, US, 47501

Req ID:  60700
Job Function:  Other Professional Careers

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


We are actively recruiting for a Continuous Improvement Manager to be based at our Washington. IN facility. This individual drives measurable results through facilitation and leadership of the Continuous Improvement Model. This role leads the process of engaging and empowering team members to identify, understand, and implement sustainable process improvements.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Becomes a business partner with operations & functional management, to identify opportunities, utilizes systematic problem solving (including Root Cause Analysis, Kaizens and DMAIC methodology) to eliminate/reduce losses while focusing on People-Process-Data to obtain measurable and sustainable results.
  • Provides management with updates via tracking reports on project progress, in line with set priority and timing targets.
  • Delivers effective Continuous Improvement training courses (LEAN Training, Belt training, etc.) and programs to help increase team capability and awareness of the Continuous Improvement tools. The training should be tailored to meet organizational needs and priorities.
  • Facilitates Kaizen and Improvement events in which we effectively build and lead focused and empowered teams to address systemic problems.
  • Manages the project improvement tracking and assist project leaders to develop tracking mechanisms for ongoing reporting. Develops follow-up processes for completed projects to ensure sustainability.
  • Develops and implements a plant communication plan for process improvement efforts.
  • Utilizes Lean, Six Sigma techniques and CI tools to lead the organization in data based decision making, and driving actions to generate measurable improvements.
  • Promotes the transformation from a reactive organizational culture to one that is more preventative and predictable, utilizing data driven decision-making, sustainable actions and the Continuous Improvement tools.
  • Develops and participates in Rewards and Recognition programs to promote the use of Continuous improvement and recognizing team successes.
  • Ensures deliverables support the 4-P’s. People (Safety, Retention, Increased Engagement and Empowerment), Products (consistency in products, quality of products, reliability of service), Profitability (support the attainment of key initiatives and improved competitive results), Planet (support the green initiatives)

Experience Requirements

  • BS degree or equivalent related work experience. Degrees in Engineering, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain are preferred but all majors will be considered.
  • 0-3 years of experience.
  • Should possess knowledge of LEAN principles, Problem Solving Tools (RCA, DMAIC), Six Sigma, TQM, SPC, PIP and QIP.
  • Combination of business, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills.
  • Self-starter and motivated by challenge.
  • Strong sense of teamwork with high level of individual contribution.
  • Ability to learn new concepts, combine with common sense, and effectively apply to problem solving.
  • Strong communication, organization, and presentation skills.
  • Able to communicate and work with teams at all organizational levels from Senior management to production floor.
  • Willingness to promote and drive change.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel.
  • Ability to support all Shift (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) on Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Experience Preferred

  • Power Apps/BI Experience.
  • Bilingual.
  • Prior exposure to Continuous Improvement or Operational Excellence tools.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional moving to other offices or buildings. 
May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another. 
May need to access files, supplies and equipment. 
Work activity is in an office, open-partitioned, cubicle environment. 
When in a plant environment: 
•    Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. 
•    May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degree to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity. 
•    May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 
•    May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db to 110 db.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Terre Haute