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Continuous Improvement Manager

Location: Bayonne, NJ, United States

Job Function: Operations

Req Number: 577

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We are a global leader in food & beverage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real.
Position Summary 
Reporting to the Director of Continues Improvement, The Continuous Improvement Manager will lead and collaborate with cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams for effective implementation of the Operational Excellence practices and methodologies. The position involves constant interaction and management of internal and external stakeholders. The Continuous Improvement Manager will plan and implement the lean manufacturing principles for improving safety, quality, and on-time delivery of products and processes. This role will plan for productivity improvement, waste elimination, process reengineering, and technology adaptation. In addition, this position will execute cost saving techniques/measures to achieve improvement in cost efficiencies and adherence to manufacturing budgets. The ideal candidate will have effectively demonstrated an ability to continuously deliver cost savings opportunities, build strategic practice and methodologies, establish better services, and demonstrate leadership. They will have exceptional communication skills with all internal and external stakeholders.
Position Responsibilities 
  • Support the Plant Manager to implement policies and programs to maximize yield, throughput, capacity and ensure high quality and low costs.
  • Responsible for deploying OFI 2.OX  Operational Excellence’ strategy leading to world-class value chain processes.
  • Coach, prepare and provide daily, weekly, and monthly reviews and analysis of current processes using operational metrics and reports. 
  • Provide support & Prepare data for weekly meetings and Monthly Operational Review Meetings.
  • Work with plant manager and other managers to deliver operational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and cost performance.
  • Work with Quality Assurance Team to Improve quality results and deliver consistent product quality.
  • Work with Planning to help in optimizing production planning and scheduling.
  • Develop and execute strategies with the Plant Manager for operational success and daily process improvement (MOS/ RCA/ TPM/ 5S and other strategies as needed).
  • Utilize KPIs to benchmark and drive continuous improvement strategies.
  • Partner with key functional leaders in safety, quality, procurement, planning, Warehouse, logistics, maintenance, finance, etc. to ensure execution of key initiatives and strategies that drive quality, yield, throughput and manufacturing savings.
  • Improvement initiatives including operating plans, project development and analysis, key initiatives/programs that drive cost performance and operational excellence.
  • Set up cost control standards, waste reduction and production processes to maximize performance.
  • Set up, execute and enforce departmental goals and procedures as per Leadership direction.
  • Conduct insightful, ad hoc analyses to investigate ongoing or one-time operational issues.
  • Identify and ensure all critical/relevant production and quality data is being captured in OFI systems and work to develop the production and quality reports.
  • Drive sustainability of Management Operating System
  • Train and develop team in Opex Tools
  • Conduct audits to support sustainability of the systems and processes.
  • Lead, train, and coach Kaizen activities
  • Act as back up for production manager
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements 
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business or related field is required. Candidate may substitute five (5) years of relevant managerial experience in lieu of degree.
  • Five (5) years of plant experience in food, Agri-service, pharmaceutical or chemical industry is required. Candidate substituting experience in lieu of degree must have a total of ten (10) years of relevant experience.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are required.
  • Experience with LEAN, TPM and Six Sigma is highly preferred.
  • Past experience in roles with cost-conscious focus, leading cost reductions projects is required
  • Ability to build relationships with stakeholders to achieve a closer working relationship and openness is required.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical disciplines to Production personnel and executives, both internal and external is required.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel/Word/Power Point is required.
  • Ability to function and multi-task in a manufacturing environment is required.
 Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
 ofi provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us for support at: [email protected] 
 At ofi, we celebrate our diversity. Olam Americas Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.