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Continuous Improvement Manager, Manufacturing

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. We are a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution. 


The Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for leading, directing and managing the Six Sigma/Continuous Improvement to advance the business, resulting in cost and/or quality improvements. Applies knowledge of Six Sigma processes to direct, lead and support multi-disciplinary improvement processes that require evaluation, planning, implementation and follow up. Leads root cause analysis, provides analytical and financial analyses /studies, and drives non-capital improvements at regional facilities, leveraging available improvement tools such as Six Sigma and Lean. Individual identifies opportunities for continuous improvement of our process lines and overall plant operations by reviewing plant performance. Directs the coordination and management of all defined and/or group initiated process improvement activities, personnel and other resources involved in the analysis, planning, implementation, documentation and support of operations process improvement projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Apply and Teach Six Sigma and Lean Business Process Tools and Methods to Improve Engineering Management Processes: Will use and teach tools and apply engineering management process knowledge and methods to the factory, Black Belts, Green Belts and subject matter experts for Six Sigma and Lean projects.
  • Will provide analysis, recommendations for improvement, reporting, and technical support to all Six Sigma certified employees, Unit Directors and their staffs, to help develop, coach and lead multifunctional teams to work on projects at their regional facilities in order to make improvements to operational performance, product quality, and processes.
  • Support the Strategic Plan for J.R. Simplot: Mentors and advises facilities on prioritizing, charting, and launching projects that support the strategic direction of the Simplot organization. Will develop plan to integrate the Six Sigma approach into the business strategy and deliver enhancements resulting in cost, quality, and process improvements.
  • Monitors and Ensures that Lean Processing and Six Sigma Breakthrough Steps are Correctly Applied: Monitors and ensures that factory Black Belts are actively applying the Lean Processing and Six Sigma breakthrough steps in a correct manner to solve chronic problems, remove waste, and to plan new services or products. Will monitor the progress and ensure that each location is aligning projects with business objectives and the strategic plan.   

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university

Relevant Experience

  • 5+ year of relevant experience in a manufacturing environment. 

Required Certifications

  •  Black Belt Certification is preferred.

Pay/Benefits Information

  • Salary range $90,000 - $110,000 plus annual incentive plan eligibility
  • Medical, dental, vision coverage 
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Paid Family Building Leave
  • Generous Paid Time Off – Eligible employees may accrue up to 160 hours in year 1 
  • 10 Paid Holidays 
  • Relocation Assistance program (where applicable)
  • Education Assistance 
  • Benefits details available at
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Job Requisition ID: 12516 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): FG Plant - Othello 

Country: United States 


**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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