Pinnacle Foods

Continuous Improvement Manager

US-IA-Fort Madison
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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.



• Develop plant CI Implementation Strategy • Manages CI resources to deliver year over year cost savings • Facilitates kaizen events • Implements cost savings improvement projects • Implements 5S, SMED and Standard Work projects • Implement corporate/plant CI systems





• Demonstrated ability to lead kaizen improvement events. • Demonstrated ability to complete cost savings projects. • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in a matrix organization.  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams to implement cost savings programs across plant. • Strong analytical skills using tools such as statistics, downtime tracking, mechanical history, project planning to identify opportunity areas. • Creative in problem solving and innovative approaches to resolve complex problems. • Microsoft Office skills such as PowerPoint, Project, Excel and Word. • Ability to quickly come up to speed on complex production processes and work with others to identify opportunities areas via data. • Ability to teach/coach CI concepts throughout the plant



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



• 5+ years of lean experience in a complex manufacturing environment. • Past experience in leading kaizen workshops in the areas of 5S, standard work, visual management, daily management, SMED and OEE gap closure. • 6 Sigma certification preferred. • Food manufacturing experience preferred • Maintenance/manufacturing/engineering/QA/QS experience preferred




BS in Engineering, Business or related; Masters degree preferred  



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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