Job details

Save job

Continuous Improvement Manager

at Jones Family of Companies
Location Humboldt, Tennessee
Date Posted April 3, 2018
Job Type Full-time


Responsible and accountable for continuous improvement and efficiencies across the JCL and JFP facilities, products, systems, operations and processes. Must be an expert in LEAN methodologies, with a Black Belt and will lead teams of people at each facility and have budgetary/cost reporting responsibility. Will be responsible for coaching, training and assessing others. Travel up to 70%. Will report directly to the VP of Operations.

Working with the VP of Operations, will develop, set the pace and implement business transformational and continuous improvement strategy with sensitivity towards the organizational structure, culture, people and processes. Outline direction and deployment of the Lean framework to ensure consistent and rigorous application across the business in a line with best practice. Responsible for the successful management and implementation of business improvement projects/initiatives across the business by working with the facility’s management to develop an enthusiastic, motivated and flexible team and building working relationships ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to.

Strategy and Development

  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice Lean vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
  • Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Lean activities

General and Task Management

  • Develop a robust continuous improvement strategy in partnership with the VP of Operations, facility management and key business stakeholders
  • Implement and support cultural change across the organization and drive business improvements
  • Provide project management, analytical and research skills and expertise
  • Develop, deliver and support delivery of business improvement change initiatives. Develop and contribute towards improvement standard in line with best practice
  • Provide expertise, professional advice and guidance to the business in business improvement, drawing from proven industry practice and methodologies
  • Report on progress of projects, understanding the risks, dependencies, budgets, resourcing, issues, critical milestones and forthcoming pipeline, and actions necessary to ensure success
  • Define, develop and publish business improvement process documentation to reflect best practice
  • Undertake business process analysis, statistical analysis for improvement projects and to support wider change
  • Lead, define and develop continuous improvement activities designed to improve performance, such as the planning and running of lean events
  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
  • Produce written reports and make presentations
  • Undertake continuous training and development
  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
  • Identify business improvement opportunities with the organization
  • Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department
  • Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors.

People Management

  • Assist with setting department objectives/Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports
  • Report on achievement of targets and identify any actions required
  • Ensure relevant on-going learning and development of all employees in lean improvement tools and communication methods
  • Coach and facilitate teams and individuals to identify and implement improvement opportunities
  • Assist with developing and building a culture of engagement at all levels of the business to provide a highly energized team which is flexible to meet the changing needs of the business
  • Provide technical expertise to the team
  • Motivate and coach the teams to operational success
  • Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
  • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviors expected of them
  • Communicate KPIs from the strategic annual plan so that each employee is aware
  • Develop, implement and manage KPIs for each area of responsibility
  • Ensure KPIs are met by working to the overall plan, including management of, and reporting

Relationship Management

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
  • Work as part of the team with the VP of Operations, VP of Engineering and Plant Managers to share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting and implementing continuous improvement activities and process and procedure improvements to optimize results and improve quality of delivery, in line with quality standards requirements deliver in line with the company and customer requirements.
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the Lean strategy.
  • Communicate with stakeholders the impact of potential effects on Lean Manufacturing. Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimizing cost
  • Stay current and up to date on any technology changes that may affect Lean and advise others of any impact

Self Management

  • Support, comply and ensure complicity with Health & Safety regulations, the Company Handbook, Quality and Environmental standards, and all other company policies and procedures
  • Support, encourage and develop teams with ownership for team cohesion
  • Proactively contribute to creating a good team atmosphere
  • Anticipates and overcomes obstacles
  • Makes useful links to arrive at insightful plans and solutions
  • Embraces personal challenge
  • Confident, rounded thinking
  • Is self aware
  • Is resilient, optimistic and open to change
  • Has an Adult:Adult, collaborative approach to others
  • A self-starter, motivated and able to positively motivate others
  • Focused and target driven with a positive, can-do attitude

Educational/Experience Requirements:

  • Five to seven years processing/production experience in a manufacturing environment
  • BS in an Engineering discipline

Specific Skills and Abilities:

1. Able to work in a small, family-owned environment

2. Ability to identify areas of improvements, design a plan for improvement, and implement


3. Strong written and verbal communication skills

4. Quality tracking and analysis skills

5. Able to work effectively at both the tactical and the task level

6. Excellent interpersonal skills

7. Demonstrated initiative. Able to perform duties in an independent

8. Manner with little or no supervision

9. High energy with a positive can-do spirit.

10. Integrity, intelligence, good judgement and effective decision-making abilities

11. Diligence and attention to detail

12. Solid leadership skills

13. Results Oriented

14. Willing/able to accept challenges

15. Ability/willingness to drive continuous improvement

16. Proactive

17. Excellent planning and organizational skills

18. Consistently demonstrates good judgement.

19. Ability to manage a variety of cross functional team members

20. Must be a LEAN expert and a Six Sigma Black Belt

21. Must possess Process Mapping experience

22. Strong computer skills. Comfortable with spreadsheets and ERP software.

23. Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.

Job Type: Full-time

Only registered members can apply for jobs. Or, sign in to apply for a job.