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Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist

Company: Smithfield Foods
Location: Smithfield
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

Your OpportunityA great job and a great future await you at Smithfield Foods. As the world's largest pork processor and largest hog producer in the United States, we're a $16 billion global food company with more than 55,000 employees. We're looking for motivated people who want to join our team and grow lasting and meaningful careers with us .
Our team members receive industry-competitive salaries and are eligible for great benefits packages:
Competitive Starting Pay
Annual Bonus Earning Potential
Comprehensive Health Insurance, Retirement Benefits and More
Education benefit available to full- and part time Smithfield team members on their first day of employment.
*Program eligibilities apply
In addition, we offer opportunities for career growth, professional development, and tuition assistance .
The Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist identifies and implements process improvement opportunities. Responsible to identify and improve the outcomes of manufacturing and operational processes to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction at a particular location. Provides advisement and recommendations to key management personnel to influence change and implement continuous process improvement programs. Salary Range $72,000 - $106,150 Core Responsibilities
Evaluates plant efficiencies and drives cost savings by identifying and facilitating process improvement projects.
Uses high level of judgement to make decisions and handle complex tasks or problems within all areas of the business. Has the ability to assess quality of information given and ask pertinent questions to stakeholders. Able to offer new solutions to problems outside of set parameters and can construct and provide recommendations. Uses multiple internal and some external sources outside of own function to help arrive at a decision.
Conducts root cause analysis to determine metrics and troubleshoot manufacturing/business and operational issues utilizing advanced techniques, such as Ishikawa diagrams, A3 Problem Solving Method, or 3 legged, 5 why.
Develops and facilitates training/workshops to drive cultural change and improve core company metrics as defined by leadership.
Completes advanced data collection and analysis for process and value stream mapping.
Develops and conducts compliance audits, program evaluations, and reviews to drive results with the fortitude to ensure change is sustainable.
Lead cost reduction goals monthly and annually.
Partners with Operations and Engineering teams to monitor and evaluate effectiveness of new equipment installations.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned. QualificationsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions .
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or University in Engineering, Science or related field and 5 years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
Demonstrated understanding of Advanced Continuous Improvement and lean manufacturing principles.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced level knowledge of Excel and developing Power Point training decks
Solid analytical skills.
Familiar with Microsoft Power Bi, Forms, and Power Automate
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
Demonstrated planning, organization, and execution skills.
Demonstrated ability in developing high performing hourly teams and coaching salary personnel in mentoring and developing high performing work teams.
Strong interpersonal and technical skills.
Demonstrated ability to transfer CI knowledge to less experienced CI Specialists as well as plant operations personnel, both hourly and salary
Knowledge of SAP is preferred.
Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Work EnvironmentThe work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Frequently required to sit; stand; walk; reach with hands and arms.Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance, vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus. Career BenefitsTo learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit Work at Smithfield Foods? We are committed to meeting our employees' needs, addressing their concerns and helping them enjoy rewarding careers with our company. PEOPLE MATTERWith more than 60,000 jobs globally, our employees drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.GROWTH & DEVELOPMENTWorking at Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.BENEFITSOur people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGESustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.About Smithfield Foods Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly--" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield -- , Eckrich -- and Nathan's Famous -- , among many others. For more information connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. EEO/AA Information Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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