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Continuous Improvement Manager

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Lead improved productivity results by incorporating voice of the customer feedback into Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives. Assist plants with CI/Maintenance Excellence efforts by tracking and communicating progress related to objectives, specific improvement initiatives and efforts designated by the CI director, operating executives and business partners. Assist plant CI Leaders (CILs) in creating teams and equipping them with the tools and knowledge to achieve goals and improve productivity. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire division in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Kroger Manufacturing High Performance Work System principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provides feedback to direct reports
  • Lead, develop, and support plant CILs during certification training and with daily responsibilities
  • Assist plant teams in eliminating waste and reducing process variation/operational costs
  • Gain agreement with the appropriate teams on value-added focal areas for the plants
  • Assist in recruiting and training green/black belt learners and support them in project selection, execution and sustainment
  • Facilitate best practice sharing from six sigma projects and serve as liaison between plants and the best practice committee
  • Work with plants to support and monitor the Total Process Control (TPC) problem solving methodology
  • Support and develop glide paths and actions plans; monitor reliability metrics
  • Provide engineering project Vertical Start-Up (VSU) guidance related to CI and goal achievement
  • Provide leadership and direction for Kroger DownTime (KDT)
  • Drive changeover time reduction to improve productivity
  • Work with internal/external consultants to drive CI implementation efforts
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe, quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related technical field
  • 5 years of experience in manufacturing operations working with LEAN principles
  • Six Sigma green belt certified
  • Demonstrated ability to use statistics to develop process analyses and application to operation challenges
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to import raw data, utilize templates/tools and develop action plans
  • Demonstrated competence in materials/training methods

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Six Sigma black belt/master black belt certified
  • 2 years of experience in a leadership role at a staff or plant leadership level
  • Demonstrated success and leadership of the essential job functions within multiple plant assignments, with successful leadership of functional assignment within core CI responsibilities such as TPC, Belt Program, Quality Systems and recruitment (Level-10)


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 50%
Required Certifications/Licenses: Other
Position Type: Full-Time

Regions: Any; General Office- Cincinnati; Mid-Atlantic; Midwest; Mountain; South; West


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states.  Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States.  Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™ by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger Manufacturing || None || Engineering & Operations; Management; Manufacturing || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || Other 

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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