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Continuous Improvement Manager

Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Wausau, WI, US, 54401

Company: Great Lakes Cheese

Job Overview

The Plant CI Manager will drive the continuous improvement efforts to improve key business results in safety, quality, efficiency and cost within the Great Lakes Cheese manufacturing network.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the plant’s annual cost savings goals by developing and implementing an annual CI project list with specific milestones, costs savings estimates and resources to implement. Facilitate brainstorming of new ideas, track approved projects to ensure they are completed on time and within scope.
  • Monitor and maintain key plant metrics, ensuring previous corrective actions are sustained, identifying new trends and opportunities for improvement.
  • Support plant meeting structure support (end of shift, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly) by providing and maintaining key data as necessary, attending meetings regularly and providing coaching during meetings to ensure the scope of meeting is maintained, key actions and owners are identified and issues are escalated.
  • Develop and maintain a daily management systems utilizing hour by hour visual boards, and visual tools to track key metrics on the prodcution floor.
  • Provide input and guidance on new equipment purchases, building new SOP's for equipment operation, PM's and changeovers.
  • Manage special projects as assigned to completion, assess results and provide feedback.
  • Act as a resource center of information for other departments sharing best practies with all GLC plants on improvements.
  • Direct efforts to develop SOP's and standard work for all employees and processes, with a focus on reducing changeover times and reducing waste.
  • Train and coach employees on continuous improvement concepts such as: 5S, Root Cause Analysis, Visual Management, Standard Work, SMED and SOP's.
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and porcedures.
  • All GLC  employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, policies and procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Manager.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations Management (or other technical field) or Associate's Degree in a technical field plus commensurate experience.
  • In depth understanding of production principles and general plant operations. Operational experience within a manufacturing setting, including supervision of plant personnel is preferred.
  • Understanding of Continuous Improvement principles and tools
  • Ability to make sound, independent decisions based on functional expertise and experience. 
  • Ability to provide leadership, support, communication and direction to various layers within the organization from line personnel up to plant management.
  • Ability to be a self-starter, identifying opportunities for improvement, driving to root case and implementing sustainable corrective actions.
  • Ability to work within a cross-functional organization, to recognize and drive improvement opportunities.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, troubleshoot and problem solve beyond routine issues. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Education and Experience

• SAP experience.
• Minitab (or similar) experience. 
• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations Management, or related field.


Working Conditions

• Ability to constantly stand/walk; bend/flex/extend neck; frequently grip/reach/lift/pull with L/R hands.
• Ability to frequently handle material from floor-to-waist, waist-to-shoulder and pushing/pulling/carrying.
• Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, and/or safety glasses may be required.
• Product weight: up to 50 lbs.
• Repetitive work in a fast-paced production environment with average temperature of 50-60 degrees F.

EEOC & Disclaimer

Great Lakes Cheese is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

Nearest Major Market: Wausau