Plant Continuous Improvement Manager

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Conagra Brands
November 19, 2020
Kent, WA
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The CPS Plant Pillar Lead partners with the plant’s entire team to ensure the effective roll-out of the CPS- establishing a zero-loss manufacturing culture where everyone, everyday, learns & improves something, delivering World Class sustainable performance. In event of this person absence, coverage will be provided.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Essential Job Functions: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.)
  • Guide CPS roll-out; lead the cultural shift to managing through pillars
  • Provides leadership and subject matter expertise in the ConAgra Performance System (CPS) best practices.
  • Coordinate and support plant pillar and platform leads (5S, Safety, Planned Maintenance, Focused Improvement, etc.)
  • Engage all associates through hands-on mentoring, audits, etc.
  • Monitor Sprint Plan timeline and engage pillar leads and plant leadership to ensure successful completion
  • Participate in pillar activities (e.g., Kaizen events)
  • Lead the Reliability Improvement Plans (RIP); establish, as necessary, action plans; and follow-up meetings
  • Instill a “hands-on,” systematic approach to problem solving (“Gemba”)
  • Works closely with cross functional teams (i.e. Project Engineers, Contractors, Technicians, Peers, Other CPS Pillars leads, etc.) to plan, implement, lead and/or execute actions that will assist in CPS implementation in the Kent facility.
  • Leads and engages team members to in improve systems, processes and procedures.
  • Coaches teams in personal accountability, giving and receiving feedback, root cause analysis, problem solving, decision making, trade-off analysis, interpersonal communications and external interactions
  • Troubleshoots problems and implements corrective actions through root cause analysis.
  • Works closely with the Operations teams to create an Autonomous Maintenance work culture and run to centerline.
  • Actively reinforces key CPS concepts everyday through coaching and auditing across the organization.
  • Facilitates and reacts to non-routine and crisis situations.
  • Responds to and utilizes communication tools including cellular phones.

Position Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required, 4 yr degree in Business Management, Organizational Development, Engineering or other related fields is preferred
  • 3 yr manufacturing experience
  • Three+ years experience in Continuous Improvement environment – TPM, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and related process improvement systems.
  • Three+ years experience leading, guiding, and mentoring teams and individuals along with practical experience in understanding group dynamics and team development
  • Three+ years in facilitating cross-functional teams; overseeing root-cause analysis, data collection, and problem solving utilizing key TPM/ CPS concepts such as “Why, Why/ How How”, Phenomena Thinking, etc.
  • Working knowledge of production equipment and systems including maintenance activities.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize one’s own time consistent with the needs of the business
  • Excellent communication skills including oral, written and listening.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of technical information in mathematical and/or narrative form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Our Benefits:

We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:

  • Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insurance
  • Wealth: great salaries, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: paid-time off , flexible work-schedules

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