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Continuous Improvement Manager

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Job location(s): Wolverhampton, UK Cargill’s European protein business is a leading supplier and innovator of chicken products for retail, food service and food manufacturing customers in both European and global markets. By combining global market knowledge and experience with local market understanding and insight, Cargill’s European protein business is committed to expanding its business and markets through innovation, and by creating real customer and consumer value in its products and services. The Continuous Improvement Site Lead is a key member of the Wolverhampton site leadership team who will work closely with the overall Site Lead, to define and deploy the CI strategy within the factory. This crucial role will provide an exciting opportunity to develop and lead the training on the use of tools to improve processes and assist in the creation of action plans, implementation and follow up to drive a ‘Lean Culture.’

Main Tasks:

+ To optimise manufacturing processes using Lean methodology by developing the structure and tools to; engage, build competence and empower colleagues to work in a Lean manner

+ The position holder will lead the developed of Lean manufacturing processes, standardised work, problem solving, value stream mapping and employee training and participation sessions

+ Manage the Continuous Improvement team in order to achieve departmental CI objectives and to develop talent to operate using lean tools, including but not limited to; PDCA, flow mapping, Kaizen, 5S

+ Establish a skill matrix

+ Define a medium to longer term CI strategy, utilising monitoring and reporting systems for data and ensure achievement of product, quality and cost objectives within time scales



+ A Degree level qualification in a Science or Engineering discipline would be preferred

+ Established track record in sustained continuous improvement and change management

+ Formal certification in Lean Six Sigma is strongly preferred at Green or Black Belt

+ Proven experience coaching and facilitating CI tools and methods in complex manufacturing environments at both shop floor and senior management level

+ Experience gained in food manufacturing, chemicals, FMGC or other similar environments

+ Demonstrated experience in project management

+ Excellent leadership skills, able to communicate clear objectives, provide feedback, implement improvements for team and individuals performance

+ Demonstrated change management skills, adaptable to changing business needs, introducing new ways of thinking and behaviors and getting buy in to drive sustained growth and change

+ Comfortable to manage ambiguity and complexity

+ Pragmatic approach to problem solving and able to execute solutions in a timely manner

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer a competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest private companies in the world. Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter today.


Process Optimization/Project Management

Primary Location

United Kingdom-ENG-Wolverhampton



Job Type



Day Job

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