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Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Description

A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Job Title:         LW2063: Continuous Improvement Manager                                     

Department:    Management                                                                

Reports To:    Plant Manager                                                                          

FLSA Status: Salary (Exempt)                                              Date:   01/27/2021     

General Overview:

This position has responsibility for overall continuous improvement (CI) and manufacturing programs including CI teams, root cause analysis and CAPA (Corrective and Preventative Action) investigations in a fast-paced regulatory environment. Manages operational “Good to Great” cost savings program and CER capital projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for promoting a safety culture and safety awareness within their area of responsibility. Support and enforce all plant safety policies and procedures in a fair and consistent manner. 
  • Execute and create all lean six sigma programs by chartering new continuous improvement projects.
  • Support the Quality Department by leading the operational root cause analysis and Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) projects.
  • Review process value stream mapping and recommend staffing levels, materials, machines, methods and performance metrics (measurements) to ensure an effective operation.
  • Utilize problem solving techniques to build a CI culture such as Root Cause Analysis, Kazien, SMED, and Six Sigma skills.
  • Identify and champion opportunities for CI initiatives, OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) improvements, etc.
  • Incorporate principles of lean manufacturing such as 5S, key TPS (Toyota Production System), TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) elements, etc.
  • In coordination with Operations, Maintenance, and Production to manage the TPM implementation schedule.
  • Manage the operations “Good to Great” cost savings programs, meetings and action lists.  
  • Fairly and consistently adhere to all Company and Plant procedures, work rules and guidelines.
  • Work with Operations to build training content and organize training sessions as needed.
  • Communicate methods, changes, scheduling, etc. as appropriate and required cross-functionally throughout the organization.
  • Manage all related technical systems, technologies, machines, and equipment as required.
  • Implement and track operational key performance indicators (KPI) such as safety, downtime, production throughput, batch and solid waste with defined reason codes.  Generate reports and trend graphs.  
  • Assist and serve as the back-up for the Operations Manager as needed.
  • May be required to support the operation outside of assigned shift hours or on weekends as needed.
  • Ensures all quality and food safety practices are always followed.
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to build positive relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent communications skills – ability to communicate clearly and concisely in multiple media – verbal, written, etc.
  • Excellent organizational/time management skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments in a fast-paced work environment, calm under pressure and flexibility to direct work force and adapt to changing schedules as appropriate.
  • Strong leadership abilities and skills as a team builder, coach and mentor.
  • Strong computer skills (SAP and MS Office Suite).
  • Strong knowledge of production operation, including equipment, materials, work flow, etc.
  • Knowledge of Total Quality Systems (ISO-9000), CGMP and regulatory requirements (21 CFR 110, 111 and 210/211).


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical or Industrial) required. 
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt preferred.  Prior experience in continuous improvement initiatives a plus. 
  • 5-7 years previous supervisory and engineering experience in a fast-paced, regulatory manufacturing environment such as dietary supplements, CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods), food or pharmaceuticals preferred.

Church & Dwight is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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