Continuous Improvement Manager

Continuous Improvement Manager   


Summary This position is responsible for leading the Shearer Perfection System within a manufacturing plant, providing overall direction, support, and execution leadership, focusing on the six SPS pillars – leadership, SSW (Safety, Sustainability, and Wellness), people, quality, maintenance, and focused improvement. The overall objective is to drive continuous improvement in Shearer’s manufacturing system.  



  •          On a regular and ongoing basis, have a detailed understanding of the metrics and measures that underlie the six SPS pillars.
  •          Utilizing associate engagement techniques such as Kaizen, FIT, Safety Committee, Green Team, 5S, and other similar programs or teams, harness the intellectual energy of ALL associates to drive continuous improvement.
  •          Function as a key member of the plant leadership team.
  •          Utilize the STAR methodology, and teach / coach others in this process: Study, Trial, Act, Reward, as follows:
    • Study – observe, measure, look at history, talk to operators
    • Trial – root cause, brainstorm, prioritize
    • Act -  train, execute, track
    • Reward – publicize, celebrate
  • Develop scorecards around the SPS pillars and communicate throughout the organization.
  • Utilizing the Skill Matrix, facilitate the tracking and assessment of associate’s technical skills, and provide recommendations for technical development.
  • As a result of the above activities and processes, execute programs and drive continuous improvement as defined by the key performance indicators.

  Essential Requirements

  • Minimum of one year of manufacturing leadership experience as a production supervisor, production manager, or similar role, in a food manufacturing facility.
  • Significant experience with continuous improvement tools such as kaizen, 5S, six sigma, and other such associate engagement and process improvement techniques.
  • Four year degree or the equivalent in experience.
  • Applicable academic and / or professional experience in food science, engineering, or general business.
  • Great analytical skills and ability to understand complex manufacturing systems.
  • Proven leadership experience and ability to lead cross functional teams through influence, not just in direct reporting relationships.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule as needed to support a 24 / 7 operation. 

Shearer’s Snacks is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation