Continuous Improvement Manager

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POST DATE 9/16/2016
END DATE 10/16/2016


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Bachelors Degree


Dean Foods, the country's largest processor and
distributor of dairy products, is searching for a
Continuous Improvement Manager to work with our business
teams to assist in accomplishing our company's goals.
Dean Foods is a dynamic company with an entrepreneurial
spirit and providing quality customer service is
integral to the success of our organization. The key to
delivering this service lies with our team of nearly
17,000 employees who are dedicated to working hard,
taking pride in their roles, and to contributing to the
company's vision - to be the most admired and trusted
provider of wholesome, great-tasting dairy products at
every occasion.
At Dean Foods, we value our employees and the work they
do - both on and off the job. We constantly strive to
create healthy, safe work environments, and increased
job satisfaction at every level. Thanks to shared
objectives and ongoing support, we're building a company
that makes us proud.
As this position will be required to travel up to
60%-80% of the time with primary responsibilities for
IL, WI and upper MI, the role can be based in the
following locations: Franklin Park, IL, Rockford, IL,
Huntley, IL or Harvard, IL. Additional travel to other
Dean Foods sites throughout the country may be required
to support region and national strategic initiatives and
CI projects. Please read through the following job
description below and if this role meets your career
goals/expectations, we want to hear from you!
Continuous Improvement Manager
The Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager works with and
coaches business teams. He/she will be responsible for
coordinating Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives
across multiple functions, including Sales, Logistics
and Operations using the Division Management Operating
Structure (DMOS). This person will also partner with
other CI Managers on corporate CI improvement events at
various Division locations and will be responsible for
leveraging processes and executing process overhaul
and/or program upgrades for the organization at the
Division and Sub-Division level. Through coaching,
training and exceptional leadership, the CI Manager will
be responsible for driving continuous improvement,
changing mindsets, influencing others, identifying
opportunities, and identifying and transferring best
Essential roles and responsibilities include:
* Deploy DMOS (Division Management Operating
Structure) with all functional groups within a
* Complete Discovery process (business and operational
analysis to identify opportunities) with all
functional departments (Operations, Logistics, Sales
and SG&A) within a Division
* Conduct Discovery in their own Division and support
Discoveries in other Divisions if/as needed
* Drive additional savings beyond Discovery process by
teaching and coaching, and ensuring there is a
process of reviewing employee improvement ideas.
This also involves assisting in driving project
implementation through PIT's (Performance
Improvement Teams), Division Steering Teams, and
"Just Do It" initiatives
* Facilitate teams in maintaining an opportunity
* Support the Glide Path process (a total value stream
review) with time bound actions, owners and due
dates that ensure sustained performance improvement
* Tangibly demonstrate their value in culture change,
balanced performance improvement, cost improvement
and sustainable efforts
* Complete regular MOS / DMOS (Management Operating
Structure) audits and serve as the site expert on
the MOS / DMOS
* Give and receive timely, honest, data driven
feedback with all members of the Regional / Division
and Subdivision teams to influence tangible savings
and drive cultural change
* Support multiple facilities and spend time
supporting DMOS in Division locations. Time spent in
these locations will be determined jointly with
regional CI support
* Bachelor's degree required (Dean Foods internal
knowledge may be considered in lieu of this
* 5 - 8 years of demonstrated experience leading and
facilitating continuous improvement initiatives in a
manufacturing or logistics environment; CPG industry
* Proven proficiency in Lean problem solving, root
cause and waste reducing tools, processes and
concepts. (e.g. center-lining, visual replenishment,
visual management, performance improvement teams,
SMED, statistical analysis, pull systems, problem
solving, fixed sequence scheduling)
* Experience leading and following Safety/Security and
Sanitation/Quality Policies and Procedures, and
reporting and following through on any deficiencies
* Ability to adapt to changing organizational and
operational needs; ability to lead others through
* Internal candidates are able to demonstrate
understanding of MOS
* Demonstrated ability to work well with individuals
and groups at all levels of the organization
* Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
* Excellent verbal/written communication skills
* Skilled in organization, prioritization, and
attention to detail
* Strong team player and leader with the ability to
work across multiple functions and disciplines
* Position will support multiple plants within the
North Central Division; must be willing to travel
60%-80% of the time
* Ideal candidate will be based in the Northern IL
area. No relocation assistance is available,
therefore local candidates will be considered first
and foremost
Dean Foods Company is an Equal Opportunity employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
age, national origin, disability, protected veteran
status, or any other category protected under federal,
state, or local laws.