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Continuous Improvement Manager

Company: Graham Packaging Company
Location: Modesto
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Company Statement: Graham Packaging is a leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life. They're the kind of people you want as your friends and neighbors as well as your partners and suppliers. By building strong relationships and creating value for our customers, our employees embody the innovative spirit that's inherent to Graham. We truly are people building a better tomorrow. Overview:SummaryGraham Packaging is seeking a dynamic and multidisciplinary Continuous Improvement Manager to optimize plant systems, production line and equipment performance, and product quality. The Continuous Improvement Manager will be skilled in assessing and diagnosing the root causes of problems that lead to defective products, production yield loss and reduced productive uptime. The Continuous Improvement Manager will work with plants to develop and manage A3 projects to systematically address the Pareto of improvement opportunities using Lean tools and the Graham Operational Excellence (OPEX) continuous improvement process. The Continuous Improvement Manager will be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of lean manufacturing including reduction of variability, waste elimination, and theory of constraints to drive continuous improvement. The position, regionally based, has CI responsibility for the Graham network of plants. Each CI has a focus area such as Rapid Change-Over, DOE / FMEA & 8D Complex Problem Solving, Graham Operating System - CI Element, Yield & Materials Kaizen, and Intelligent Factory.Responsibilities:Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Continuous Improvement Manager's responsibilities are to:Use observation, questioning and data measurement to fully understand and categorize yield and uptime issues.Identify and eliminate sources of variation that lead to changes to the Standard Operating Condition (SOC).Facilitate problem solving to root cause elimination and permanent reduction of variance.Analyze lines for constraints and bottlenecks to achieve continuous flow.Advocate for the Voice of the Customer (VOC) via process capability and defect elimination.Assess standard work artifacts and training to identify the origin of production flow issues.Contract or otherwise coordinate third parties to perform equipment or system assessments.Conduct timing and point of loss yield studies to identify the loss Pareto.Perform data analysis and prepare written reports in order make visible the true nature of problems and opportunities.Develop a detailed root cause analysis for each problem, where each root cause is validated through testing, i.e. the condition or defect can be turned on or off.Develop countermeasures that could range from basic problem containment to system repair to equipment replacement.Generate and communicate implementation plans using Gantt charts and work breakdown structures.Coordinate central Operations & Engineering resources or third parties to staff implementation plans as necessary.Formulate strategic improvement hypotheses within the A3 Thinking process.Facilitate Problem Solving by leveraging/modeling the DMAIC process and Kaizen.Lead Daily Management processes to validate that actions lead to desired performance improvements.Support deployment of Lean tools such as 5S, Visual Factory Aids, SMED concepts, VSM, VOC and Poke Yoke to improve plant safety, quality and throughput performance.Proactively seek problems for resolution and quantify the anticipated benefit of solving each particular problem.Follow through to assess and report on achieving desired improvements.Ensure appropriate standard work is developed and in place to minimize problem reoccurrence.Qualifications:Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:BS degree in Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing relatedExperience in an structured problem solving and continuous improvement mindset workplaceAt least 7 years of experience working in plant operations in multi-line manufacturing plantExperienced working in the plastics industryCore Proficiencies and SkillsThe following skills and proficiencies are essential requirements of the position:Strong understanding of Operational Excellence, Lean principals, statistics and data analysis.Rapid Changeover implementation experience using Lean tools, Standard Work, and Project Management toolsProficient applying DMAIC or PDCA continuous improvement methodologies.Deep knowledge in production line flow, yield and uptime analysis for improvement.Knowledge of line design that optimizes line uptime i.e. throughput, queueing, accumulation and bottleneck analysis.Skilled applying manual line measurements (e.g. Tic Charts) and other data collection methods and measurement methods to understand unit flow and loss characteristicsExperienced in optimizing the performance of: o Factory systems and line process inputs o Information flow o Raw materials flow, conveyance, blending, and drying systems o Blow Molder lines for throughput o Injection Molding lines for capability o Quality systems for defect elimination o EHS systems for a safe working environment o Operational systems for waste elimination o People development for engagement and ownershipSkilled in facilitation of Problem solving including 8D, FMEA, Kaizen, Lean toolsStrong written and verbal communication skillsStrong coaching, mentoring skills#LI-LA1EEO Disclaimer: Graham Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Keywords: Graham Packaging Company, Modesto , Continuous Improvement Manager, Executive , Modesto, California

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