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2023 Graduate Program North America - Operations

Requisition ID 41843
Position Type Kerry Graduate
Posting Type LI

How often can you find a multi-billion-dollar company that offers you flexibility to change in your career as your interests change? You just did. Kerry's unique culture and commitment to change in the food, beverage, and pharma industries offers support and opportunities as your interests and need to explore grow. If fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and global opportunities appeal to you, then introduce yourself!


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About Kerry 

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading and proprietary consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,000+ food scientists and local manufacturing footprint in 31 countries enable us to co-create with our customers across over 150 countries.  At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. 


Operations Overview 

You will have responsibility to co-ordinate and drive the delivery of operational targets, initiatives and improvements at one of our manufacturing facilities. You will be required to support department managers in delivering factory performance improvements through the facilitation of Site teams using lean tools and techniques. Initially with a very hands-on approach to developing capability and leadership skills, you will develop into a People Manager with potential Shift Management responsibility. You will have specific project tasks related to driving the introduction of aspects of strategic change as the business continues to grow. Your direct line manager will be the Production Manager, but you may also receive instruction from the Operations Manager or other Managers as appropriate. You will have real opportunity to engage right across the business and make a difference early in your career. You will be supported and work alongside one of the most experienced food manufacturing teams in the world.  You will spend the first year in one location and relocate to another location the second year. 


Key Responsibilities 

What you'll do 

  • Support the Site Strategic Agenda and the successful implementation and maintenance of the Kerry Manufacturing Standard (Site Audit Standard) 

  • Identify, manage, and execute initiatives to deliver significant improvements in the areas of: Safety, Quality, Delivery / Service, Operating efficiency, People Management, Materials control and efficiency 

  • Facilitate and support management teams (and other teams) involved in major transformational projects (e.g. re-engineering the major Site business processes) 

  • Ensure all direct reports are fully trained and equipped with the necessary skills to operate in an environment that promotes safety and well-being. 

  • Support site programs to ensure the effective training and deployment of the principles, projects, tools and techniques (as appropriate) and KPIs etc. 

  • Maintain awareness of best practice and modern improvement techniques 

  • Ensure familiarity is achieved with Kerry’s preferred method of problem solving (root cause, 8 steps etc.) 

  • Actively live the Kerry values of Courage, Ownership, Inclusiveness, Open-mindedness, & Enterprising Spirit 


Qualifications and Skills 

What you'll need to be successful 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university in Food Science Technology, Process Engineering, Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical/BioChemical Engineering 

  • Demonstrate a clear experience of successful leadership in academic and non-academic development 

  • Exceptional problem-solving skills 

  • Motivated self-starter with the determination and drive to succeed 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to communicate effectively to all levels of an organization 

  • Ability to work in a team environment 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) 

  • A curious mindset 

  • Willingness to travel or relocate 

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA 

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.

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