Pinnacle Foods

Continuous Improvement Manager

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At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.



This position will lead the facility in the development and implementation of a long term strategic plan to involve every plant employee in the pursuit of a lean manufacturing environment that lowers production costs.




  1. Must be familiar with plant safety rules and guidelines.
  2. Be a “leader of change”. Must have a positive attitude, work well with all levels of the organization, and have initiative in identify areas of opportunity and improve company operations.
  3. Will be responsible for managing and leading continuous improvement projects
  4. Work closely with Operations Management, Plant Manager, and Human Resources to establish a team culture at the lines.
  1. Conduct root cause analysis to determine metrics, troubleshoot manufacturing/ business challenges and create and maintain process documentation
  1. Implement cost savings improvement projects.
  2. Manage a portfolio of lean projects directed at reducing waste and improving quality and cost
  3. Implement corporate/plant CI systems.
  4. Train and lead cross-functional continuous improvement teams; focusing on measurable quality, service and cost improvements.
  5. Implements a formal lean / six sigma program that focuses on reducing process and product variation. Implements such tools as: SPC, Process Capability, Pareto analysis, Fishbone, SMED, DOE, 5S, KPI, SMED, VSM and Kaizen events
  6. Assist in setting annual operational OEE targets and help drive improvements to achieve attainment and adherence goals
  7. Perform other duties and assume additional responsibilities as assigned.



  1. Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, and ability to work in a matrix organization.
  1. Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  1. Demonstrated ability to lead kaizen improvement events.
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams to implement cost savings programs across plant.
  3. Strong analytical skills using tools such as statistics, downtime tracking, mechanical history, project planning to identify opportunity areas.
  4. Creative in problem solving and innovative approaches to resolve complex problems.
  5. Proficiency in Minitab, CAD and Visio, Microsoft Office skills such as PowerPoint, Project, Excel, Word,
  6. Ability to quickly come up to speed on complex production processes and work with others identifies opportunity areas via data.
  7. Ability to teach/coach Lean /6 Sigma concepts throughout the plant.



  1. BS in Engineering; Master’s degree preferred.
  2. 7+ years of lean experience in a complex manufacturing environment.
  3. Past experience in leading kaizen workshops in the areas of 5S, standard work, visual management, daily management, SMED and OEE gap closure.
  4. 6 Sigma certification preferred.
  5. Food manufacturing experience preferred.
  6. Maintenance/manufacturing/engineering/QA/QS experience preferred.



  1. Has worked in a lean manufacturing environment.
  2. Solid systems understanding and ability to identify improvements needed.
  3. Hands on style and solid communication ability.
  4. Able to effectively interface within all levels of the organization.
  5. Ability to work with minimal direct supervision, in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer –
qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to
protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national
origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any
other legally protected basis.



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