Pinnacle Foods

  • Process Engineer

    Location US-IL-Centralia
    Job ID
  • 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.



    This position is responsible for analyzing process and package systems in order to develop and recommend process improvement plans that support on-going cost reduction, efficiency improvements, and quality enhancement strategies in a continuous improvement environment.




    • Works with managers and employees to identify potential line or system opportunities within the confines of a manufacturing facility.
    • Utilizes tools such as SPC, operations downtime tracking, and maintenance records to identify greatest losses and focus factory resources for the greatest gain. 
    • Assists operations and maintenance in problem solving.
    • Works with team to deliver the greatest potential reliability and performance from the existing asset base
    • Facilitates Kaizen Events
    • Leads Cost Savings projects
    • Facilitates implementation of 5S, Standard work & SMED




    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and 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.
    • Strong Mechanical / Electrical aptitude
    • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification preferred.
    • Lean training / certification required.
    • Excellent problem solving skills with innovative approaches to resolve complex problems.
    • Microsoft office skills such as PowerPoint, Project Manager, Excel, Access 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 lead cross functional teams to implement cost savings programs across multiple departments.
    • Ability to teach and coach CI concepts throughout the plant



    • B.S. Degree, preferably in Engineering
    • MBA preferred
    • Experience in lieu of degree if a Certified Black Belt



    • 5+ years of Lean experience in a complex manufacturing environment.
    • 2-5 years of leading Kaizen events in manufacturing settings.



    • Has worked in a manufacturing environment and been responsible for identify continuous improvement projects.
    • Has experience in solving complex manufacturing problems.
    • Hands on management style and solid communication ability.
    • Must be self-motivated.
    • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to utilize DMAIC / PDCA or similar processes.
    • Able to effectively interface within all levels of the organization.


    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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