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Process Improvement Manager

Company: Blue Diamond Growers
Location: Turlock
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary:
The Process Improvement Manager leads the implementation of continuous improvement projects, margin enhancement initiatives and other plant capital projects which will enhance Turlock plant operations while successfully partnering across Global Supply to accomplish these initiatives. Additionally, this role is responsible for managing the commission and start-up of new production line(s), products and processes, ensuring that all staffing, policies, and procedures are implemented to allow for safe, efficient startup of equipment and products within schedule and budget. As a member of the Turlock Site Leadership Team ensures Safety, Quality, Service, Performance and People metrics are achieved for the site and respective projects.

Job Description:


  • Leads the planning, commissioning, and start-up of new production lines, products, and processes for the Turlock site. Gets this work done by partnering and communicating with key stakeholders at all levels in the organization (including front line Team Members)
  • Responsible for leading and planning necessary work to achieve innovation, renovation, and brand changes for the site. Ensures project timelines and project budgets are broadly understood, communicated, and adhered to. This includes but is not limited to proper standards, procedures, staffing, and training to ensure successful execution for the operations team as well as any other project stakeholders.
  • Partners with the Senior Operations Excellence Manager to ensure that projects are managed and executed by the site team in accordance with established project standards.
  • Responsible for participating in engineering design and reviews for the operations team on capital projects. This includes but is not limited to evaluating and providing solutions for material flow, equipment functionality, staffing, throughput and other relevant work areas as needed to ensure vertical start up on projects.
  • Responsible for execution of the margin enhancement (ME) process within the site. Establishes cross-functional teams and projects to deliver site ME targets. This includes facilitating idea generation sessions to ensure adequate pipeline for future year(s) and tracking monthly results.
  • Personally, leads and drives at least $1M+ per year in margin enhancement projects.
  • Problem solving champion and coach for site.
  • Leads Continuous Improvement initiatives for the site, including partnership with Site Leadership team to ensure proper measures, reviews, problem solving, as well as standards and routines are in place and healthy.
  • Responsible for implementation of advanced continuous improvement (CI) tools (Kaizen, 6 Sigma, SMED for example) for the site, including partnering with the Global Supply Process Improvement Manager and other site Process Improvement Managers to deploy proper tools as needed for the site's overall CI needs.
  • Partners with the Process Improvement/Start-Up Managers at other Blue Diamond Grower plants to share best practices and standardize across sites, as
  • Identifies best practices for reapplication to improve systems and processes.
  • Builds effective relationships and engages Team Members at all levels in the organization to ensure successful change management and/or project implementation
  • Develops communication plans ensuring key stakeholders are informed of project status.
  • Drive "Zero Harm" culture in all associated work.
  • Ensures effective change management methodologies are followed.
  • This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Business Administration.
    • 7 years of production/operation experience in a manufacturing environment.
    • Knowledge of manufacturing engineering processes.
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills: can take data and input that is not well organized and organize it in a way that makes analysis possible and be able to proactively solve problems.
    • Demonstrated loss analysis and process improvement skills with practical hands on application.
    • Capable of communicating effectively and widely to all levels of the organization.
    • Communicating a common vision to cross-functional stakeholders.
    • Manages and influences teams without formal authority; developing and fostering effective collaboration across organizational boundaries.
    • Proficient in computer skills using software in word processing, spreadsheets and relational database systems.
    • Experienced working under and meeting tight deadlines.
    • Experience and confidence leveraging continuous improvement tools.

      • Operations Manager experience.
      • Food industry or similar high-turn environment experience preferred
      • Knowledge of food processing quality and safety requirements.
      • Demonstrates attention to detail while working with large volumes of data.
      • Experience working through and in some instances, leading change

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          • Must be able to physically move throughout the facility including climbing multiple flights of stairs, ladders, elevated catwalks and tight access areas. Able to work at a desk for extended periods of time. On call 24 hours a day for emergency situations. Must be able to work weekends and holidays when necessary.

            • Must be able to work in a plant environment being exposed to dust, high noise levels, extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations and wet operating work conditions. Typical conditions may include prolonged sitting, standing and walking.
              Bachelors: Business Administration/Management (Required), Bachelors: Mechanical Engineering, High School/GED

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              Blue Diamond Growers (BDG) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. BDG provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information. BDG also complies with all provisions of the U.S. Government's Executive Order 11246 dated September 24, 1965 and the rules, regulations and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Keywords: Blue Diamond Growers, Turlock , Process Improvement Manager, Executive , Turlock, California

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