Continuous Improvement Manager
Granite City, IL 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We're a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. While Kraft Heinz is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

We spark joy around mealtime with our iconic brands, including Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Philadelphia, Lunchables, Velveeta, Planters, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Ore-Ida, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Primal Kitchen, and Classico, among others.

No matter the brand, we're united under one vision:To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we're transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion - and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen - there's only one thing to do: join our table and let's make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy & Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level - from entry-level intern to senior leader - to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners - to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz - which we apply to every situation, every day. As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You're expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level - and you'll be rewarded. You're given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won't do it alone. You're supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

Job Description

TheContinuous Improvement Managerwill provide a full range of productivity services to Operations and direct cost reduction programs for the facility including leading lean events, implementing Kraft Heinz Management System (KHMS) throughout the facility, developing and measuring facility systems and developing and delivering continuous improvement training programs for the facility. Direction in disciplines of best business practices including, but not limited to, yield improvement, manpower utilization, overhead spend, capital utilization, indirect spend, plant utilization and efficiency, working capital both raw material and finished goods. This role will act as a coach for the KHMS as well as leading the Site Steering Committee helping to implement KHMS. This person will work closely with the KHMS Task Force to drive greater utilization of processes and procedures and higher proficiency on the changes impacting employees in the organization such that business results are achieved. This person will provide direct support and coaching to front line managers, supervisors and team leaders as they help their direct reports understand and adopt KHMS.

Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Continuous Development of the productivity decks
  • Generate cost reduction opportunities and implement process improvement to reduce manufacturing costs
  • Coordinate major initiatives across Supply Chain to insure optimum cost. This coordination will include, but not be limited to, purchasing, distribution, manufacturing, research & development, packaging and engineering
  • Implement and train MOS & Lean / Six Sigma processes to plant location personnel.
  • Participate in the QRMP yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions
  • Assist with the implementation of the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) system and operational standards as outlined in the plant accountability list in order to achieve targeted RCR
  • Share and implement best practice initiatives across Supply Chain
  • Coordinate the progression of KHMS using TRACC as a tool
  • Develop and maintain performance (KPI) visuals
  • Ownership of the Priority One system; responsible to ensure all users are trained and that all projects are current
  • Develop key performance indicators (KPIs) and tracking system (where needed)
  • Develop a waste analysis for all lines
  • Lead and coordinate 5S initiatives plant-wide
  • Develop and manage the department's operating budget
  • Manage and evaluate the Continuous Improvement staff including but not limited to performance management and employee development, etc.
  • Partner with business leaders on implementation of process improvement (Six Sigma / Lean)


  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering or related discipline is highly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of operations experience in a manufacturing environment is required
  • 2+ years CI leading CI projects or transformation projects required
  • Black Belt Certification preferred; Green Belt Certification required
  • Demonstrated experience overcoming the inevitable problems and obstacles that surface to meet project timelines and cost initiatives
  • Creativeness and desire to not to be bound by past solutions and to think outside the box in order to drive productivity throughout the organization
  • Ability to communicate and deal with a range of responsibilities is critical while managing multiple task
  • Working knowledge of enterprise business principles and practices
  • Presentation Skills
  • Mentoring & coaching skills
Location(s)Granite City Plant

Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity
It is the continuing policy of The Kraft Heinz Company to afford full equal employment opportunity to qualified employees and applicants, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps, military or veteran status, sexual preference, or any other protected condition or characteristic in conformity with all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Final candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Company sponsorship. Exceptions requesting work visa sponsorship will be reviewed on a case to case basis.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 to 5 years
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