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Continuous Improvement Specialist

Hearthside Food Solutions LLC

This is a Full-time position in Geneva, IL posted November 8, 2019.

The CI Specialist drives sustainable continuous improvements within Hearthside facilities, delivering breakthrough results in Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost (SQDC), while building cultural change throughout the organization.

The CI Lead works closely with plant leadership and department employees to achieve results.

This position requires strong Lean Manufacturing and hands-on leadership skills, along with a passion for Operational Excellence, to be successful.

Main Responsibilities What you’ll be doing: Lead and facilitate week long Kaizen events to achieve breakthrough improvements Train other leaders to execute 1-2 day Point Kaizen events to achieve small improvements Facilitate long-term continuous improvement projects from beginning through completion across various work groups Train associates in lean tools and techniques (including 7 wastes, 5S, standard work, set-up reduction, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), flow, value stream mapping, etc) Coordinate and lead internal audits around Lean principles (5S, standard work, TPM, etc).

Monitor 30 day follow-up activities and reports Ensure that corrective actions have been developed, implemented and are effective.

Work with management teams to sustain results Maintain and update the site’s SQDC (safety, quality, delivery, cost) metrics Develop standard operations sheets and all applicable forms/flow charts created during Kaizen events Develop tracking tools and measures to support CI initiatives Develop business case justification for projects and initiatives Benchmark performance across the facilities and industry to identify areas of opportunity.

Challenge the status quo to find ways to optimize manufacturing performance to deliver superior results Build a CI culture across the organization.

The Ideal Candidate Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university preferred Two (2) or more years in a manufacturing environment.

One (1) to three (3) years of CI experience, preferred Ability to Identify Problems Interested and capable in solving problems and driven to execute Very strong communication skills Demonstrated effective team player The CI Specialist possesses extensive facilitation skills and hands-on experience in continuous improvement manufacturing activities.

A strong application knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing techniques and related CI tools are required: Standard Work, Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen Events, Value Stream Mapping, OEE, First Hour Full Power, 5S, 7 Wastes, Pit Stop Changeovers, etc.

This person should be recognized as a change agent, challenging the status quo to drive to operations excellence.

The CI Specialist needs to also possess leadership skills to drive the overall CI process across the facility, without having direct reporting relationships at the plant.

He/she will work closely with the CI Manager, but must also be able to leverage his/her power of influence with the Plant Manager and the site leadership team.

Other Skills & Abilities: The CI Specialist needs to be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Minitab to analyze and track data as well as building communication messages/charts.