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Continuous Improvement Lead

Requisition ID 22648
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-CO1
Posting Type LI


About the role

Reporting directly to the Operations Manager / Operations Director, the Continuous Improvement Lead will be required to work closely with the 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.
  • Align with the site 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.
  • Develop and implement effective continuous improvement strategies, which are aligned to the overall business strategy with full alignment and support from the site leadership team and key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with site leadership team and key stakeholders in ensuring the team is using a standardised set of key performance indicators (KPI’s) as per the 1Kerry Plant System, and that targets can be tracked and achieved through performance management system.
  • Act as a key mentor, influencer and supporter to site leadership team and key stake holders in continuous improvement matters.
  • Administer training programs that foster cross-functional deployment of continuous improvement and develop capability. The training to include the use of proven continuous improvement tools i.e.: process re-engineering, statistical process control (Six Sigma), Lean Manufacturing, Total quality Management and PDCA Cycle that help to drive standardization and efficiency.
  • Liaise with site leadership team to enhance and standardise Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Work Instructions (WI), and being accountable of their process improvements project respectively.  
  • Customer (Internal / External): To champion all short-term projects to meet operations excellence to meet organization’s expectations, this shall include performing additional task assigned by the management from time to time.

Qualifications and skills

  • Degree in Business Management or Industrial / Chemical Engineering
  • At least 5 years CI experience in Manufacturing Environment in a high velocity process environment
  • CI related accreditations and formal training
  • Have a working knowledge of lean principles and a vision for continuous sustainable improvement.
  • 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
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio etc.)
  • High level of motivation and initiative with ability to work independently
  • Strong coach and people developer, keen to improve the skillsets and capabilities of teams and plant leaders
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Good analytical skills and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to obtain accurate data from the right sources relating to priority problems quickly.
  • Enthusiastic and customer focus
  • Open and willing to embrace change
  • Team player with high commitment

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