Continuous Improvement Manager in Mankato, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 11/7/2018

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Job Description

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. The Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.

The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for assisting the implementation of Jack Link’s Continuous Improvement Process. The position will be a resource to the Plant Leadership and Performance System implementation teams facilitating meetings, kaizen events, metrics and assisting in the root cause problem-solving processes within the facility.


  • Be the plant level change agent responsible for leading and managing continuous improvement process.
  • Work along with the Plant 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 “hands-on,” systematic approach to problem-solving (“Gemba”)
  • Continually challenge individuals and teams to improve through the systematic application of continuous improvement methodologies and leading by example.
  • Manage the plant 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 of 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

We are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Engineering, Food Science or other related field or related experience in Continuous Improvement.
  • Three to five years of experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Must analyze issues in real time and communicate with all departments and resources to decide on a course of action to maintain production and quality.
  • Trained and/or certified in Lean, Lean Six Sigma and/or Six Sigma.
  • Green Belt certification
  • Experience in Statistical Process control, root-cause analysis and or other analytical methods.
  • Strong and effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, statistical software such as Minitab a plus.
  • Ability to maintain and handle multiple functions/tasks.
  • Demonstrated proactive style that ensures the completion of projects despite obstacles.
  • Actively seek to utilize a “Collaborative Team Approach” in all situations.
  • Demonstrated abilities leading cross-functional teams and meetings.
  • Strong communication, project management, and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of Quality Control Systems.


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