Pinnacle Foods

  • Continuous Improvement (CI) Ma

    Location US-TN-Jackson
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  • Overview

    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.


    Oversee execution of all CI activities and develop the capability of the plant team to execute CI activities through training, coaching, etc., lead performance improvement activities, and represent the plant in cross functional efforts. Leadership of change management initiatives


    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned.


    • Achievement of plant MVP commitment
    • Train and lead cross-functional continuous improvement teams; focusing on measurable quality, service and cost improvements
    • 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
    • On time, on budget execution of improvement activities and sustained achievement of benefits
    • Conduct root cause analysis to determine metrics, troubleshoot manufacturing/ business challenges and create and maintain process documentation
    • Manage a portfolio of lean projects directed at reducing waste and improving quality and cost.
    • Adherence of plant to CI program standards
    • Adherence of plant to training and reliability program standards
    • Development and use of CI/management system tools by plant personnel
    • Plant performance: safety, quality, delivery, cost
    • Work closely with Operations Management, Plant Manager, and Human Resources to establish a team culture at the lines
    • Ensures full compliance with all food safety and regulatory requirements.
    • Project responsibilities – 15-25% of time spent leading projects, 20-40% of time spent planning and managing projects and 40-65% of time spent building capabilities
    • Perform other duties and assume additional responsibilities as assigned. 



    • Demonstrated success leading the implementation of CI toolkits which, in turn resulted in significant business benefits
    • Demonstrated success developing both direct reports and members of the plant team in the use of CI tools and methodologies.
    • Demonstrated ability to complete cost savings projects. 
    • Demonstrated ability to teach/coach CI concepts throughout the plant
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in a matrix organization.  
    • 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
    • Proficient Microsoft Office skills
    • Ability to quickly come to speed on complex production processes and work with others to identify opportunities areas via data



    •  Eight (8) plus years of experience in manufacturing. Food manufacturing experience preferred
    • Four (4) plus years of lean/CI execution experience in a manufacturing environment.
    • Two (2) plus years of leadership experience in a manufacturing environment.
    • Past experience in leading week long kaizen events in the areas of 5S, standard work, visual management, daily management, SMED and OEE gap closure.
    • Mastered and able to train on Lean Manufacturing.
    • Must be fully proficient in Six Sigma, SPC, project planning @ management, Reliability Engineering, problem solving, RCA, Change Management, procedure and job aid development.
    • Basic Proficiency in training program design and development.
    • Must have exposure to behavior based safety.
    • Maintenance/manufacturing/engineering/QA/QS experience preferred   Less than 20% annual travel required for single plant responsibility.


    • Travel could be greater with multi plant responsibility.


    • Bachelor's in a technical field with an accreditation required. Black Belt accreditation in Lean and/or Six Sigma from rigorous program required.  



    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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