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CI Specialist

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role

We are looking for an induvial who wants to grow their knowledge and production experience. This person will help drive the culture on the production floor and gain buy-in for the implementation of change. Ownership of the processes rolled out is a key part of this role. This is a highly visible position not only at the plant but in the Kerry network. This role reports into the CI Manager and will be engaged in the growth of the CI culture.

Key responsibilities

•  Facilitate the implementation of the 1KPS (1 Kerry Plant System).
•  Develop and rollout new CI concepts to the plant.
•  Take ownership to maintain or enhance current CI processes (such as root cause analysis, layered confirmation audits, leader standard work, KPI boards, tier meetings, etc).
•  Coach employees in problem solving methods and encourage learning & development (with tools such as RCA & MOC).
•  Be able to facilitate trainings with cross-functional employees.
•  Have enthusiasm for working with employees and assisting them where needed (incremental improvements).
•  Assist with driving the culture to the next level (proactive/coaching maturity level).
•  Work in collaboration with functional areas daily to support site-wide learning strategies.
•  Be open to coaching, supporting, and driving ownership with colleagues.
•  Be a resource for production and other supporting roles (primarily in the plant but also available for other Kerry sites).
•  Identify opportunities for improvements and assist in implementation (with cross functional teams).
•  Willingness to be hands-on by working with the production teams.
•  Be able to work with a cross-functional teams & communicate with them at their level (plant floor to senior management).
•  Be flexible in working off-hours to support all shifts occasionally.
•  Willingness to learn & develop.
•  Ability to grow within the business.
•  Adherence to GMP & Food Safety policies.

Qualifications and skills

•  Bachelor's degree.

•  2-4 years' experience in lean/CI field.
•  2-4 years' experience in manufacturing (food industry is a bonus but not necessary).
•  Bilingual is a plus.
•  Ability to travel up to 10%.
•  Ability to facilitate groups of people.
•  Ability to coach/mentor/inspire.
•  Be a leader & encourage others.
•  Strong oral/written communication skills.
•  Team player.

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 .                                       

Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a “starter kit,” investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name.                                                                   

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