Jack Links Continuous Improvement Manager in Mankato, Minnesota
Continuous Improvement ManagerinMankato, MNatJack Link's
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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.
Position Purpose: The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for assisting the implementation of the 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 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 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.
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 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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