Continuous Improvement Engineer

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Green Thumb Industries
    January 18, 2021
    Various, IL
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    The Continuous Improvement Engineer will be responsible for identifying opportunities for improvement, developing and leading the implementation of necessary improvements and advancements to the manufacturing and business processes across the Green Thumb supply chain with a focus on regional sites, but impact across all 13 national sites. Core leader in the development and implementation of a national CI program with market specific (local) principles and operating practices. Key leader for building the foundation of the CI/Lean Manufacturing System for Green Thumb.

    This role provides leadership, support and execution of Continuous Improvement, delivering TPM projects to transform organizational culture, eliminate loss, sustainably increase throughput and build capability in all levels from the operating floor to executive leadership. This role will own all capabilities, methodology, and tools related to Lean TPM implementation and be responsible for its effective implementation and measurement across the network. This person will be a coach a mentor and a hands on implementer progressively building TPM competency.

    The cannabis business is in the very beginning of the CI journey and in a very formative state. The right person can make massive advances quickly, with the key being capturing the hearts and minds of the hourly teams… facilitating and teaching.

    Given the rapid growth of Green Thumb and the cannabis industry, with success in this role, the Continuous Improvement Engineer will have ample opportunity for future progression in the organization.


    • Serve as the architect, engineer, and teacher for the design and implementation of Operational Excellence.
    • Create a "Continuous Improvement" oriented culture across manufacturing sites that utilizes continuous improvement methods such as 5S, TPM, Lean, and/or Six Sigma to demonstrate consistent and sustainable improvement in safety, throughput, service, quality, and cost.
    • Owns Monthly update of TPM progress, plant progression, and plans to senior Operations/Manufacturing/Supply Chain leadership.
    • Reduce waste and improve operational efficiencies through the execution of labor, space, and inventory reductions.
    • Evaluate plant/facility performance metrics to identify areas for improvement and develop improvement strategy based on resources prioritized by site General Managers.
    • Routinely visits regional sites to support and coach new tool/process implementation with the creation of model work groups. Enabling capability and foundation development for self-directed work teams.
    • Develop CI training strategy, lead, plan and organize CI/Lean Manufacturing training sessions; prepare and make presentations to internal and external personnel.
    • Facilitate and/or conduct training and Kaizen events. Promote through example continuous improvement throughout the CPG Wholesale Operation.
    • Coach and direct team on Autonomous Maintenance, Root Cause Analysis, and Focused Improvement activities.
    • Build systems and standard work that drives execution, ownership and accountability to the production floor.
    • Develop and support KPI tracking processes on the floor that motivate teams to achieve, Ex. Hour by Hour charting.
    • Define and implement a standardized Daily Direction Setting (DDS) process that cascades from site GM level to shiftily floor level. Coach front line leaders through plant directors on their role as leaders in participating in and holding accountability to the process. Standardize visual controls, visual boards, meeting agendas and health checks, as part of DDS.
    • Support value added development of tiered meeting structures. Lead/facilitate regular team meetings to identify actions required to realize goals.
    • Create repeatable, visual Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) system to execute from leadership to floor level. Ensure PDCA is the driving mechanism to scorecard/action plan reviews and embedded as part of gap analysis to assess and track KPIs.
    • Create Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) method as a standard for measuring manufacturing productivity.
    • Champion improvements to operations, material and information flow. Define measurable metrics, establish baselines, set and achieve goals.
    • Lead and coach teams to identify continuous improvement opportunities in manufacturing and other business processes. Train Team on Lean Principles and daily thought process. Empower/facilitate continuous improvement with team members at all levels.
    • Create and enhance a diverse, enthusiastic and creative work environment that motivates the operations teams to fully utilize and grow skills and talents in CI by promoting collaboration and cooperation.
    • Continuously improve the skills, knowledge, leadership acumen, ownership and pride of all team members; create an environment where the entire team holds accountability for the same.
    • Support the compliance of regulatory, quality, and customer requirements.

    Education & Experience:

    • A Bachelor's degree preferably in Engineering or any other STEM field, or Business Administration; MBA or graduate degree is a plus.
    • 8+ years of progressive operations leadership and continuous improvement experience in FDA regulated academy CPG/Food & Beverage manufacturing companies with systems and methodologies including TPM, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma.
    • Continuous Improvement experience to include system development and implementation in companies with mature systems, however, have an ability to translate the "playbook" into a start-up like growth environment and "move the culture" rather than solely implementing the systems and process.
    • A servant leader with experience leading, building and developing a High-Performance Work System (HPWS), or, experience leading transformations ("transformation capability") of organizational culture, people, process, performance and outcomes taking it from better to "best-in-class".
    • Strength in Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) pillar-based methodology and collaboration with maintenance teams at the plant level.
    • Training in an environment with a strong process methodology to bring excellence in the principles of TPM/Lean manufacturing experience (A3, FMEA, RCA, FI, AM, Lean, 6 Sigma, Kaizen, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Floor Management Development System, Changeover, 8-Step Problem Solving, etc.).
    • Strong Lean Manufacturing project management skills working with cross functional teams at all levels, from plant to corporate, which has contributed to building a high-performance organization.
    • Successful track record of developing talent, building culture and championing diversity and inclusion.
    • Demonstrated ability to coach, teach, mentor and train.
    • Financial and costing knowledge is an asset.

    Additional Requirements & Attributes:

    • Ability to adapt and thrive in a demanding, fast-paced start-up environment, in a newly created industry, where one must simplify the complex and not be dependent on historical ways of operating or process.
    • Self-stater with effective drive who is motivated by the challenge of driving and implementing change.
    • Ability to lead organizational change programs; develop and deploy the appropriate communications, training, metrics and rewards in order to drive operational and cultural change.
    • Strategic agility, ability to deal with ambiguity and strong business acumen.
    • Highly professional, high level of ethics and integrity; accepts accountability for results; works with a sense of urgency.
    • Able to creates innovative business solutions by establishing a vision and driving to it through new ideas, processes and continuous improvement efforts.
    • Demonstrated strong critical-thinking skills by evaluating complex situations objectively, making accurate assumptions and developing logical conclusions.
    • Strong drive, sense of urgency, energy level and problem-solving skills.
    • Builds talent, high-performing teams and manages with a vision and purpose.
    • Ability to build support within the company to drive aggressive, action driven culture change with a continuous improvement mindset.
    • Humble team player, servant leader type, who can "roll up the sleeves" and inspire trust and confidence in subordinates, peers and superiors to achieve the highest standard of performance in a dynamic environment.
    • Superior communication and interpersonal skills (verbal, non-verbal, written), with the ability to build relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.
    • In-depth knowledge and capability to train others on program management and root cause problem solving skills to eliminate loss/waste.
    • Courageous, confident, decisive, and able to take calculated risk.
    • Able to balance persuasion, influence, and teaching ability.
    • Well-developed financial and business acumen and proven capabilities to lead in a complex, multi-product business.
    • Possesses a high level of critical thinking and problem solving.
    • Operates with a high level of professionalism and integrity, managing confidential information.
    • Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of GTI.
    • Must have a solid understanding of the Medical Marijuana laws, rules and regulations set forth by the state; a pursuit to further their understanding and knowledge of the industry and the laws.
    • Must pass all required background checks.
    • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry.
    • In compliance with industry requirements, all candidates must be 21 years of age and possess a valid driver's license.
    • Must be approved by state badging agencies to work in cannabis industry.

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