Continuous Improvement Manager

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    January 15, 2021
    Remote, Remote
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    Manages activities related to process improvement initiatives plus development and implementation of Continuous Improvement strategies in a manufacturing setting. Facilitate and execute Greif’s Industrial Products Group World Class Safety, Quality, and Operational Excellence vision implementation.


    • Versatile business unit specialist covering various responsibilities from coaching to Greif’s playbook implementation and strategy development
    • Studies Business Unit processes and operations; develops quality and efficiency improvements
    • Conducts organizational root cause analysis to determine inefficiencies or risk weakness
    • Collaborates with operational and commercial leadership to identify and select processes or projects for inclusion in the organization's continuous improvement strategy initiatives
    • Establishes key performance indicators for functions being reviewed; evaluates current state, and proposes future state goals and objectives, assists in implementation
    • Develops and monitors implementation of process changes meant to result in: cost or waste reduction, quality or productivity improvement, customer satisfaction, or profitability increases
    • Oversees process change implementation and tracks progress towards efficiency or quality goals
    • Oversees the work of a team that evaluates existing processes and identifies opportunities for quality or efficiency improvement
    • Tracks progress against established goals; project management
    • Coach lean tools and root cause problem solving at various levels of the organization
    • Share best practice with teams; comfortable leading Kaizen events
    • Guides business unit functions to improve operational metrics and plant P&L
    • Track and report plant OpEx project progress; drive project implementation to completion
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the Business Unit policies, procedures, and practices
    • Performs other tasks as assigned including (but not limited to) OpEx, Quality, and R&D
    • Ensures a safe and healthy workplace producing high quality products
    • Comply in all respects with the Greif Standards of Business Conduct Policy provisions.
    • Perform all required duties and tasks in accordance with Greif policies and procedures.



    • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in: Business, Operational Management, Industrial Engineering or other Engineering disciplines
    • 6+ years professional work experience in manufacturing/production environment with preference in paper manufacturing or paper converting industry
    • Takes on the most complex organizational unique tasks
    • May have some impact on budgeting, strategic planning, and procedural change
    • May require Lean, Six Sigma, Quality or other related certification
    • Must demonstrate strong problem solving and analytical skills; willingness to mentor others
    • Experience training and coaching others in problem solving methodologies
    • Must have strong project management and interpersonal soft skills
    • Must have proven ability of creating and executing professional presentations using facts and data
    • Experience in Lean methodology preferred (SPC, DOE, SMED…)
    • Proficient with SharePoint and Microsoft Excel/Power Point, and statistical analysis software (Minitab), preferred
    • Travel is required 70-80%. Schedule varies, but typically depart Monday mornings and return Thursday early evening.


    • Leads by example - has an unbridled passion for Safety, Quality, and Operational Excellence
    • Management skills, sound judgment, detail oriented, attentiveness, project management skills, ability to foster teamwork and personnel development, ability to guide teams
    • Absolute personal integrity and credibility
    • Influential - Ability to work with cross functional teams and diverse cultures both internally and external to the organization
    • Team player - has a passion for excellence in; people, processes, and product. Ability to interact with all organization levels.
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively
    • Tenacious - sets and achieves stretch goals; meets commitments regardless of obstacles
    • Risk-taker - challenges conventional solutions
    • Creative – Brings new ideas to the team
    • Strong, clear, simple communication style

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