Continuous Improvement Manager

Treehouse Foods

Employee Type:

Full time


WI Kenosha

Job Type:

Supply Chain Continuous Improvement

Job Posting Title:

Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Description:

Job Description:

The Manager, Plant Continuous Improvement will lead and direct the deployment of Lean Manufacturing throughout the Kenosha facility to improve operating efficiencies across the full range of manufacturing operations. This position is responsible for developing and implementing systemic process improvement efforts that will result in increased productivity, quality systems improvement, cost reduction, waste reduction, and maximize the site’s growth and profitability. The incumbent will be expected to c oach and mentor employees on lean methodology, tools, root-cause analysis and waste reduction. The Manager, Plant Continuous Improvement will also be responsible for coordinating training and development of all team members.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Leads the Continuous Improvement process (e.g. behaviors, attitude and culture), working with staff and operations to develop, implement and sustain a continuous improvement program based upon lean principles that support meeting plant goals and targets.
  • Leads, identifies and defines scope of continuous improvement planning and activities.
  • Primary owner in leading and/or coordinating continuous improvement activities.
  • Identifies opportunities and works closely with technical resources to help drive efficiencies and best practices.
  • Teaches and models root cause analysis and problem solving to prevent recurrence, standard work and follow-up. Viewed as an expert in these areas.
  • Develops lean change agents (Lean Coordinators) to foster continued growth. Plans for training/seminars to keep the team energized and focused; including budget planning for such activities.
  • Works with the Lean Coordinator in charge of Standard Work to ensure processes and work instructions are kept up to date and documented.
  • Works with the Lean Coordinator in charge of 5S to ensure the site is sustaining and improving the 5S program.
  • Is a change agent who challenges existing processes that create waste and non-value added work.
  • Coaches, guides and/or leads cross-functional teams to achieve resolution of assigned projects.
  • Leads focused efforts aimed at breakthrough and incremental improvements in process, department and/or line-specific opportunities that meet and exceed plant operational performance metrics.
  • Monitors data and metrics to identify areas of waste and prioritize the development and
  • implementation of solutions.
  • Teaches and models tools and concepts of Lean Thinking and Six Sigma; facilitates kaizen events
  • Provides appropriate documentation and project update communications to Operations leadership. Collaborates with all departments and individuals affected by CI projects.
  • Shares best practices and builds relationships with CI Consortium Members and other TreeHouse plants.
  • All other duties as assigned.
    Skills, Experience and Education:
  • Deep understanding of Lean Manufacturing/Continuous Improvement methodologies and ability to teach and model them.
  • Demonstrates a passion for safety. Able to develop and maintain a respectful and safe work environment.
  • Must have strong analytical and business judgment including demonstrated problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills.
  • Ability to influence, mentor and coach to get results through others.
  • Results driven; supports company growth strategies.
  • Conveys a high level of optimism while setting aggressive targets and supporting the team in achieving those targets.
  • Communicates a compelling vision and inspired sense of purpose. Talks about the possibilities and is optimistic. Creates strong morale and spirit within team.
  • Solves highly complex problems and prioritizes actions in a timely manner. Probes all sources for answers and can quickly sense what will help resolve issues.
  • Establishes clear directions, sets stretch objectives. Lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner and brings out the best in people through leveraging their strengths.
  • Speaks candidly and provides constructive feedback in a professional manner.
  • Organizes and manages projects; interacts, supports, facilitates and leads multi-functional work teams; leads teams to consensus; maintains strong negotiation skills.
  • Able to build strong relationships across the business unit to support and foster change.
  • Must be mobile and able to take on broader assignments for additional development opportunities within Meals Division and across Treehouse Foods as a whole.


Bachelor’s Degree Preferred – Type: Engineering or related field

Minimum Experience Preferred:

Bachelor’s degree and eight to ten years manufacturing related experience. Prior experience leading a successful plant continuous improvement program required.

Travel Requirements: Minimal

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