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CI Manager - Evansville

Requisition ID 27951
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Engineering and Maintenance 
Recruiter #LI-JF1
Posting Type LI

Kerry is a global leader in taste & nutrition. Our manufacturing facilities produce and supply the world with over 15,000 different food, beverage, and pharmaceutical products throughout the world. With a commitment toward sustainability and reputation for innovation, a career with Kerry offers you the chance to change the way the world sees food and nutrition. A career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

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.

Where you'll work:


Our Evansville, IN, location is part of our Meat division, and creates various breading, batter, and coating blends for Kerry brands and customers. We feel good about our products that make our food taste better. Our employees care - about their community, their team and the results we create every day. If you’re looking for a manufacturing facility where you can build a career and have fun while you do it, we might be the team for you!

What you'll do:

This position, as an integral part of the Site Leadership Team and in conjunction with the Continuous Improvement Leader will set the overall continuous improvement (CI) strategy and manage execution for the respective technology and functional areas.  The scope of the role influences all site activities (Manufacturing, HR, Finance, Engineering, QA, Supply Chain, etc.) to contribute to operational and overall business improvement in a systematic and sustainable manner.

Develop and implement an effective CI strategy that encompasses all site functions. Ensure this strategy meets the goals of the site and overall business strategy ensuring all stakeholders are engaged. Continually review and adjust the strategy in line with internal and external changes. Plan all site activities on a master schedule and hold others accountable to the timelines to ensure the on-time delivery of the strategy.

Identify & deliver margin enhancing cost optimisation initiatives. Design & implement the of ways of working & behaviours to sustain initiatives captured. Create & embed a ‘cost ownership’ mentality within the team.
Ensure the site key performance indicators (KPI’s) (Safety, Quality, Service and Cost) are achieved through a rigorous performance management system. Implement the standard meeting governance that supports delivery of the metrics. Identify performance gaps, trends and actions required to improve. Align the site KPI structure with functional and global metrics. Support the establishment of floor level metrics within the KPI tree.

Act as a change agent, coaching, mentoring and influencing at all levels to affect the required CI culture. In particular, act as a key member and influencer within the site leadership team. Facilitate the education of the team in the principles, philosophies and tools of CI. Administer training programs that foster cross-functional deployment of continuous improvement. Develop, train and mentor employees to foster a strong culture of continuous improvement. Collaborate with counterparts within and outside the regions to ensure consistency among processes and procedures. Challenge management thinking and insist on appropriate practices such as: Visiting the factory floor daily, Confirming standardized processes, Demanding factual data, Insisting that problems are made visible, Questioning to ensure the root cause has been found, Supporting the standard meeting governance

Drive the standardization of all structures, work, training, procedures & records across the plant. Ensure the new standard is documented, trained & confirmed when improvements are made to processes.

Conduct ongoing reviews of the plant’s continuous improvement performance to understand level of maturity. Create plans and engage with the leadership team to close any gaps identified.

Benchmark yourself against the best; take personal responsibility for growing yourself and your career. Demonstrate self-awareness: leverage your strengths and work to close the gaps. Be open to new ideas and feedback from others and be prepared to take personal risk in order to accelerate your growth.

What you'll need to be successful:


Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, business, management or a related discipline.

Experience of managing a multi-functional team in a high-speed process environment for a minimum of 5 years.

Actively and visibly sponsors the need for change. Leads and implements positive change. Demonstrates the flexibility and adaptability to be successful in a changing environment.

The ability to align the site strategy with that of the overall organisation. The ability to deploy the site strategy throughout the business, ensuring that every team member knows how they contribute to the site goals. The ability to communicate targets & goals in a clear concise fashion at all levels within the business.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .

Nearest Major Market: Evansville

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