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Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Downers Grove, IL we are a world-class contract manufacturer producing wholesome baked goods, snacks and packaged foods for many of the world’s leading food companies. As one of the largest and fastest growing food co-manufacturing companies in the US, we are the proud owner and operator of over 35 facilities globally. Our nearly 10,000 employee-strong organization is leading the way and setting new standards for quality, safety, flexibility and efficiency while feeding families around the globe.
Hearthside’s exceptional growth stems from its ability to address real-world problems for customers of all shapes and sizes, and by our resolute commitment to our belief that there are no great companies without great culture. Our culture of personal empowerment enables growth, learning, and continuous improvement every day!
We are steadfast in our ambition to be the indispensable and most trusted partner to our customers and need your help to do it! Join Hearthside and enjoy a competitive package, outstanding benefits and a diverse work environment.

Job Summary: The CI Manager is responsible for driving sustainable continuous improvements in the facility by delivering breakthrough results in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Morale. The CI Manager works closely with plant leadership and department employees to achieve results. This position requires strong technical Lean Manufacturing and hands-on leadership skills.

Job Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Leads and facilitates Kaizen events to drive sustainable improvements
• Works closely with Plant CI teams and CI Champions to:
◦ Develop and execute improvement action plans
◦ Build an employee engaged work environment
◦ Develop tracking tools and measures to support CI initiatives
◦ Develops business case justification for projects and initiatives
◦ Leverage resources and share best practices across all facilities
◦ Provide and teach CI tools to CI and Non-CI employees
• Establishes and drives productivity pipeline roadmaps across departments and facility
• Improve OEE
• Strategically Develop KPI’s
• Tracks and analyzes the CI initiatives
• Building cultural change throughout the organization
• Work with customers, suppliers and all levels of management staff.
• Responsible for managing multiple projects at the same time.
• Ensure the facility implements and maintains Continuous Improvement initiatives within the facility.

Required Competencies & Knowledge:
Knowledge of:
• Knowledge and experience with SAP

Skill in:
• A strong application knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing techniques and related CI tools are required: Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen Blitz, Value Stream Mapping, OEE, First Hour Full Power, Labor Analysis, 5S, 8Wastes, Changeovers, etc
• The CI Manager should possess extensive technical skills and hands-on experience in continuous improvement manufacturing activities
• Change agent, challenging the status quo to drive to operations excellence
• Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work with autonomy.
• Must be accurate, detail-oriented and maintain the utmost confidentiality.
• Experience in Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Kaizen

Ability to:
• Ability to effectively present information to employees, top management, public groups and/or board of directors.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
• Ability to work well with others in stressful situations and meet deadlines as necessary.
• Ability to handle multiple priorities and tasks.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while at the same time making sound decisions.
• Must have a strong will to drive change and sustain.

Proficiency in: MS Office Suite, Excel, and PP

Minimum Qualifications:
• 3 – 5 years experience in Continuous Improvement
• 3 – 5 years experience in a manufacturing environment, preferred
• Six Sigma Green/Black Belt, preferred
• Bachelor’s Degree, preferred

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Hearthside is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Location
Michigan City, IN
Posted On
20 May, 2024