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Continuous Improvement Manager in Underwood, IA at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 12/8/2018

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Job Description

The story of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is one of family traditions. It began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing snack manufacturers in the world. Today Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide, selling more than 100 different protein snacks in more than 40 countries. Still family-owned with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities in four countries.

Running with Sasquatch is more than just a clever marketing campaign. As a Jack Link’s team member, Running with Sasquatch means we roll up our buffalo plaid sleeves and do the hard work first. We don’t shy away from challenges. In fact, we push hard and take risks. True to our North Woods roots, we’re a bunch of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things by driving results with innovation, creativity and a clear sense of urgency. Like our awesome protein products, we have an unwavering passion for quality, and you won’t find anything artificial here. What you see is what you get… authentic, humble and fun people who Run with Sasquatch!

As our Continuous Improvement Manager, you will assist the implementation of the Jack Link’s Continuous Improvement Process as a resource to our distribution center leadership and performance system implementation teams. You will facilitate Kaizan events, develop metrics and assist in the root cause problem solving processes within our distribution centers.

Specifically, you will: 

  • Be the distribution center-level change agent responsible for leading and managing continuous improvement process.
  • Work along with the leadership team to monitor plant targets and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Establish action plans and follow-up meetings, as needed, to advance process improvements to achieve targets
  • Instill a “hands-on,” systematic approach to problem solving (“Gemba”)
  • Continually challenge individuals and teams to improve through systematic application of continuous improvement methodologies and leading by example.
  • Manage the distribution center-level Key Performance Indicator charting and posting process including daily, weekly and monthly KPI’s.
  • Simplify the data line performance collection process, automate if possible.
  • Leverage Statistics and other data analysis methods to provide data to plant teams and operational leadership to facilitate the improvement of operations within the facility.
  • Be a member on improvement teams to help with data analysis, problem solving and presentation of solutions to various levels of the organization.
  • Facilitate Kaizen Events to drive improvements in performance.
  • Be the owner of the Simple Root Cause problem solving tool and train people on its use.
  • Implement a cost savings tracking process based on corporate process.

Job Requirements

To be successful in this role, you should possess the following education, skills and experiences: 

  • Bachelors degree required in Business, Engineering, Food Science or other related field or related experience in Continuous Improvement.
  • 2-3 years of experience working in a manufacturing or distribution environment
  • Experience or education in Statistical Process control, root-cause analysis and or other analytical methods.
  • Previous Lean and continuous improvement process training and experience with value stream management tools, Kaizen methods, 5S, leader standard work development, and other Lean tools and methodologies
  • Previous project management experience leading and completing group projects involving cross-functional teams, meeting established timelines, budgets and deliverables.
  • Strong and effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain and handle multiple functions/ tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to diplomatically communicate needs and recommendations.
  • Communication skills that ensure personal credibility and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated proactive style that ensures the completion of projects despite obstacles.
  • Actively seek to utilize a “Collaborative Team Approach” in all situations.
  • Working knowledge of computers and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

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