Continuous Improvement Specialist in Chicago, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 8/5/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time

Location:

IL Chicago

Job Type:

Supply Chain Continuous Improvement

Job Posting Title:

Continuous Improvement Specialist

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Supports site efforts to maintain the TreeHouse Management Operating Structure (TMOS).  Facilitates projects to review supply chain processes and related areas by applying continuous improvement principles and practices to improve products, quality, efficiency, financials, operations, and related areas. Responsibilities may include participating with management to develop project objectives, facilitating teams, coordinating the implementation of project solutions, and tracking/reporting results.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support site leadership team and process owners to maintain the TreeHouse Management Operating Structure and ensure standard manufacturing processes are in place.
  • Support site key metrics on operational performance and process effectiveness within the site.  Support development of gap analyses and development/implementation of corrective actions.
  • Support the site and/or division continuous improvement leader to maintain alignment and compliance with the TreeHouse Management Operating Structure and division CI initiatives.
  • Coordinate a portfolio of projects and team(s) in the review and analysis of moderate to large supply chain processes to ensure efficient and effective operations.
  • Support supply chain process requirements, improvement opportunities and best practices for site, ensuring alignment with TreeHouse Management Operating Structure.  Support replication activities for the site.
  • Participate with managers to develop project charters for improvement efforts.   Charter development includes defining project requirements, scope, resources, team members, tasks, and project and task owners.
  • Serve as a culture change agent by leveraging influential authority with employees and stakeholders.  Model behavior expected of leaders within the TreeHouse Management Operating Structure and advocates for use of appropriate CI tools.
  • Facilitate meetings to review and examine project completion, obstacles, problem resolution, timelines, recommendations, and conclusions.
  • Support site management and process owners to implement new processes or guidelines, determine improvements, identify and track savings, develop reports, and receive approval when required. 
  • Assist with training and coaching others to build organizational self-sufficiency with basic continuous improvement methods and tools.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Situational leadership and influencing skills.
  • Capable of building relationships with site personnel—within both the floor and leadership ranks—in order to effect change.
  • Must have a bias for action and a track record of delivering results.
  • Self-starter to lead change and make independent and informed decisions.
  • Personal traits--adaptable, flexible, high-energy, mature, interpersonal skills.
  • Able to become the CI go-to person for the site and build a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Willingness and capacity to pursue CI certifications and/or proficiency in CI tools and practices.
  • PC skills; Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).  Demonstrated facility with additional, relevant applications (e.g.  Microsoft Project, Minitab) preferred.
  • Ability to relocate preferred.

Education:

High School or equivalent

Bachelor’s Degree Preferred – Type: Operations, Engineering, Management or relative field.

Preferred Attributes, Qualifications & Working Conditions:

Standing

Enter % of time

35%

Lifting

Enter maximum pounds

50 lbs

Crawling

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5%   

Stooping

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5%

Walking

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15%

Repetitive Motions

Explain Motion

Keyboarding

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15%

Travel (other than driving)

Enter % of time

< 25%

Unusual Working Hours

What are the hours

Various Shifts

Exposure to moving mechanical parts

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50-75%

Exposure to fumes or airborne particles

Enter % of time

25%

Exposure to outside weather conditions

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5%

High areas

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15-20’

Enter % of time

5%

Noise Level

Explain noise level

Ambient Mfg Noise

Enter % of time

50-75%

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations@treehousefoods.com. In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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