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Continuous Improvement Lead

Requisition ID 23275
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-SS1
Posting Type LI

Kerry offers the industry’s largest portfolio of Taste & Nutrition Systems and Functional Ingredients & Actives, serving the Global Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries. We work with the world’s top Retailers and Manufacturing companies to produce some of the best private-label products and tailored Food & Beverage solutions on the market. We also work with the leading Food Service chains helping to deliver appetising, relevant and innovative custom solutions, using our expertise in new product development, production and commercialisation.

Our Values:      Courage | Enterprising Spirit | Inclusiveness | Open-mindedness | Ownership

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

Reporting directly to the Manufacturing Manager – Murarrie, the Continuous Improvement Lead will be required to work closely with the Murarrie Site Team to set and lead the execution of the overall continuous improvement strategy, ensuring long term sustainability of the results achieved whilst preserving the overall operating model.
 

Key responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Kerry Teams and external partners in the diagnostics, planning; future state design work and implementation of Kerry Programs.
  • Develop and implement effective continuous improvement strategies which are aligned to the overall business strategy with full alignment and support from the Plant Leadership Team and key stakeholders.
  • Ensure the plant is using a standardised set of key performance indicators (KPI’s) as per the Kerry Plant Management System standard and that targets can be achieved through a rigorous performance management system.
  • Collaborate with counterparts within Kerry to ensure consistency among processes and procedures.
  • Act as a key mentor, influencer and supporter to the Plant Leadership Team.
  • Coach, mentor and influence all levels to affect the required continuous improvement culture at the Murarrie Site, by educating on the ultimate vision for the plant and wider business.
  • Support the site as they move through the change curve and align with the Plant Leadership Team on how best to support our people through the change with the ultimate ambition of winning hearts and minds and building a strong continuous improvement culture.
  • Administer training programs that foster cross-functional deployment of continuous improvement and develop capability.
     

Qualifications and skills

  • Degree in Business Management or Engineering
  • At least 5 years CI experience in a Food / Process Manufacturing Environment
  • CI related accreditations and formal training
  • Project management experience with practical knowledge of PM tools and techniques to support delivery
  • Stakeholder engagement skills, with the ability to coach, mentor and influence at all levels
  • Excellent Root Cause Analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Strong financial acumen and grasp on how to translate operational improvements into financial impact.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio etc. )


Key Competencies:

  • Ability to work at all levels in a collaborative manner
  • High level of motivation and initiative with ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Team based problem solving skills, using data to analyse processes
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Have a working knowledge of lean principles and a vision for continuous sustainable improvement.
  • Strong coach and people developer, keen to improve the skillsets and capabilities of teams and plant leaders.
  • Confident in running training sessions at various levels within the business

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