Process Improvement Leader

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February 8, 2021
Columbia, MO
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The Process Improvement Leader (PIL) is responsible for maintaining & improving true efficiency (TE), reducing waste, unlocking production system capabilities, and maintaining operational stability. The PIL develops mastery of the processes they are assigned to and uses that mastery to deliver improved TE, quality, and yield.

Major Tasks, Accountabilities and Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for loss analysis & TE improvement plan development, plan execution leadership, and results tracking
  • Facilitate Lean Six Sigma (LSS) projects throughout the plant
  • Responsible for rapid changeover activities including principles, target setting, and leading successful efforts reducing changeover time to achieve challenging objectives
  • Lead analytical troubleshooting & problem solving
  • Lead Simple Root Cause troubleshooting events with the front-line Employees
  • Deliver effective change leadership - driving business changes while minimizing people impact
  • Communicate and collaborate cross-functionally to assist teams to solve operational issues
  • Motivate and recognize team members to achieve plan goals
  • Lead AM Teams to keep floor equipment maintained and diagnosis defects prior to breakdowns
  • Participate in the Plant 5-year plan construction and execution process
  • Participate as a team member of the FI Team
  • Understand the fundamental tools & methodologies of the following TPM pillars – FI, AM, PM, EM
  • Understand the CQV process – Commissioning, Qualification, Verification process to support new equipment startups
  • Apply reliability expertise to stabilize and improve the operation, driving variation down and seeking improved TE through the capital, procedural, and operational improvements in both planned and unplanned downtime areas
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills through leading meetings, facilitating meetings and preparing written plant communications
  • Assist in plant initiatives and direct line supervision as needed
  • Administer policies and procedures
  • Regular and predictable attendance at the worksite
  • Requires regular presence on the plant floor
  • Flexibility to work off-shift and weekends if needed for project support/initiatives
  • This role may require some travel (less than 5%)


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Preferably in engineering, business, operations management, or similar field
  • Lean Six Sigma Experience preferred, demonstrated by successful completion of continuous improvement projects
  • 2 + years of manufacturing experience in a consumer products manufacturing operation preferred
  • Self-motivated results-driven and action-oriented
  • Ability to make independent and sound decisions
  • Ability to conduct assessments and audits and evaluate to measure progress
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Understanding of general Finance principles
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