Continuous Improvement Manager

CPG Talent Management - Harrisonburg, VA

The Continuous Improvement Manager, reporting to the Plant Director, will lead the continuous improvement team and the continuous improvement program for the site. The CI Manager will be responsible for driving a culture of continuous improvement and driving operational excellence to all areas of the site. This includes defining the CI strategy for the site in execution of TPM program, coaching site leaders in execution of CI programs, and being a hands-on servant leader to enable change management in the plant. The CI Manager must be a change catalyst with strong communication and time management skills and an ability to quickly flow between strategic thinking and tactical coaching and execution.


  • Owns and manages the overall CI Program in the site ensuring effectiveness of change management, adoption of systems and culture, integration across pillars and functions, and delivery of all result areas
  • Acts as an internal partner for the site to lead, define, develop, and coach continuous improvement activities to drive improvement in all result areas and KPI’s
  • Is a partner, coach, and mentor to site pillar leaders and teams in EHS, Quality, Autonomous Maintenance, Planned Maintenance, Organization, and Education & Training
  • Owns and manages the Focused Improvement Pillar in the site defining the problem-solving capability, tools, and strategy across the site as well as coaching the execution and implementing countermeasures and driving action plans to resolution
  • Supports and at times leads problem-solving efforts to improve safety, quality, and eliminate waste/cost at the local level
  • Identifies key opportunities for process improvement and partners with process owners to lead activities to deliver sustainable and repeatable change and improve business results
  • Develops and prepares metrics and reports to drive action and change through the CI program
  • Conducts regular and periodic audits and health checks of the Site CI Program and each pillar
  • Facilitates the development of action plans to variances as identified through the audit process
  • Coaches and facilitates the site strategic planning process in collaboration with the site leadership team and ensures consistent adherence to the process including monthly scorecard reporting and gap analysis
  • Identifies and leverages best practices across the plant and shares broadly across the network CI team to improve standards and guidelines for company TPM implementation
  • Manage the site productivity process and pipeline to deliver savings vs. commitment
  • Coach and mentor site resources – CI engineers and Operational Excellence leaders - in CI activities

 Education and Experience:

  • Minimum four-year degree in or related operations / process improvement experience
  • Minimum of 5 years working experience working in manufacturing or other related industry in operations or continuous improvement
  • TPM experience and knowledge and practical application of AM, PM, FI, Education & Training systems and tools
  • Experience leading problem solving and process improvement efforts required


  • Knowledge of CI / Lean / TPM tools
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for process improvement
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  • Lean, TPM, or Six Sigma certification a plus


  • Strong project and program management skills
  • Facilitation and communication skills for problem solving events, productivity ideation, etc.
  • Excellent multi-tasking, organization, and time-management skills
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Sound business acumen with corresponding analytical and judgment skills
  • Influencing others without positional authority


  • Strong customer focus with ability to foster effective cross-functional partnerships
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation, communication, and influencing skills
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas to all levels of the organization from operators and mechanics to executive leadership
  • The ability to flow between strategic and tactical problems quickly
  • The ability to drive change in an organization
  • The ability to demonstrate process sustainability methodology in all areas of standards implementation

Posted On: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Compensation: $135,000.00 100-120K 15% bonus

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