Continuous Improvement Manager at Continental Mills, Inc.

Posted in Management 9 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Kent, Washington

Job Description:

The policy of The Krusteaz Company is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

Get to know us:

  • A people-focused company that cares​: We’re a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.

  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower than average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.

  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.

  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

About the Position

As a member of the Plant Leadership Team, the Continuous Improvement Manager position is responsible for leading Continuous Improvement initiatives in all areas of the site.  This position will provide leadership, planning, technical direction, communication and coaching skills to ensure safe production of high quality products to meet customer needs in the most cost effective manner.  This position plays an integral role on the company’s TPM Resource Team, providing input into the future design and evolution of company manufacturing productivity and improvement activities.

Essential Functions

Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Drives Continuous Improvement to quantitatively and qualitatively improve costs, quality, and service

  • Identify and communication opportunities within current practices through data analysis

  • Influences the organization into developing a culture of continuous improvement in all areas through defined strategies and tactics

  • Trains and educates the organization and implements continuous improvement methodologies, including but not limited to TPM, 6 Sigma, 5S, Lean, and other loss savings and productivity improving activities

  • Leads both plant and company-wide continuous improvement activities and supports all areas of TPM efforts, including Education and Training, Preventative Maintenance and Autonomous Maintenance. Leads and executes the Plant’s Loss Analysis process.

  • Leads focused Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) improvement efforts, tracking downtime, improving data integrity, and developing improvement plans based on the data

  • Ensures and supports both company and plant Quality systems & processes; establishes and manages systems for “Right First Time” performance and incorporates this philosophy across the facility

  • Supports internal plant, inter-plant and corporate wide initiatives, including developing synergies and leveraging business opportunities to optimize manufacturing operations

  • Provides strategic leadership and tactical planning for the technical training community at the site, partnering with HR and TPM Leadership on broader, company-wide training plans and processes

  • Identifies and works collaboratively with the HR team to make enhancements to the pay-for-skills programs that drives business results improvements and equity for all plant employees

  • Supports safety as a top priority in training, job design, ergonomics, and regulatory compliance


Position Requirements

To 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 qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong business and technical skills in processing, packaging, and logistics.

  • Sets expectations, tracks and communicates results, and creates environment for accountability for results and actions.

  • Systemic problem solver, implementing solutions to solve root cause problems.

  • Creates an environment that encourages and rewards teamwork and collaboration, both internally and externally.

  • Able to handle multiple, complex priorities and balance the needs of each according to business impact.

  • Strong facilitation, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Effective in small and large group sessions; provides facilitation skills development for CI Team Leads.

  • Conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization and through proper channels

  • Creative and change-oriented Continuous Improvement process skills. Strong ability to learn.

  • TPM, Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing knowledge

  • Strong ability to learn, understand and teach difficult concepts

  • Be a strong team leader, coach, motivator, and mentor

  • Travel domestically approximately 15% of the time

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Education and/or Experience:

  • 4-year degree in manufacturing, engineering, food processing or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in continuous improvement, engineering, manufacturing or a related field

  • Prefer a minimum of 3 years in management, including in a manufacturing environment. 

  • Prefer experience in a variety of manufacturing areas such as Production, Engineering, QA and Logistics within a consumer products company

  • Food background preferred

  • TPM, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing experience preferred


Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 4 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:

  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $106,379 and $175,518. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.



To support ongoing business goals and successfully contribute to your team, acceptable levels of performance and attendance must be consistently maintained, including attending all required meetings and events.  Requires the flexibility to work non-standard hours as needed.



Follows procedures to ensure all food quality standards are met or exceeded. Must also produce quality work measured by efficiency, accuracy, and completion of both personal and company goals in a manner that embodies CM values and our culture of integrity, dignity and respect.


Employees are required to conduct their work in a safe and legal manner, according to all GMP food safety standards as well as following all compliance and CM safety protocols. Employees must be willing to be responsible for their safety and health as well as the safety and health of all employees, vendors and visitors.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

This position requires working in both manufacturing and office environments.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone along with reaching. Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work. Moderate noise, ability to work in a confined area, and ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time are also included.  Must be able to effectively communicate and work in a dynamic environment.  You may also be on your feet for several hours a day and may be exposed to a variety of physical demands that require you to lift heavy objects, climb stairs, exert energy, bend, twist and squat and use tools and equipment in an indoor production environment that has a high level of food dust and limited climate control while wearing PPE.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

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