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Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist

Company: Ajinomoto Foods North America
Location: Portland
Posted on: June 9, 2024

Job Description:

Overview Ajinomoto Foods North America is a leading frozen foods company, committed to providing nutritious and delicious meals globally. With a rich history of diverse ethnic brands, our brands have become household favorites all across America. We are dedicated to contributing to a healthier lifestyle through nutritious and balanced Umami foods. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, all our products are cooked with our customers in mind, providing healthy and delicious meals for all. The Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist, is responsible for leading and managing the continuous improvement process for all operational areas of the plant by utilizing the tools, methodology, and processes of continuous improvement. Develop plans and drive TPM and continuous improvement to include operations, maintenance, warehouse, materials planning and scheduling, and quality assurance. If you choose to work with us, you will be an integral part of a team with a rich and diverse culture that learns, grows, and succeeds together. You will also have access to some amazing benefits such as:
Salary of: $75k-$90K, plus a potential STI bonus of 15%
Medical, Dental, Vision insurance on DAY ONE
Company paid STD, LTD, and Life Insurance on DAY ONE
80 hours of vacation and 40 hours of sick time per fiscal year
401(k) Retirement Savings plan that includes company's matching contributions up to 4.5%
Wellness reimbursement towards gym membership and/or exercise equipment
Referral bonuses totaling $1000 when an employee refers someone to work with our company
Quarterly sales of product to employees
Responsibilities
Identify and coordinate operational improvement activities to achieve yearly cost saving goals.
Troubleshoots major downtime problems and implements corrective actions.
Oversee all aspects of continuous improvement for the plant organization.
Evaluate the labor requirement through takt time studies for new product development and assist with costing
Implements KPI's and other measurements across the plant.
Coaches teams in personal accountability, giving and receiving feedback, root cause analysis, problem solving, decision making, trade-off analysis, interpersonal communications and external interactions
Successful team leadership across diverse groups to drive sustainable improvements to our systems and culture
Lead capital equipment projects that increase production capacity and cost savings
Trains and educates the plant members on methodologies of TPM and CI to include 5S, OEE, Lean, SPC, RCA, 5whys, Parate charts, Waterfall charts and other CI tools.
Promotes, teaches, Supports STPD activity (Problem solving tool)
Supports all NWT as Sponsor
Manages, operates OEE system (Safety Chain).
Qualifications
Bachelor's degree required. At least four years manufacturing experience is a must.
Any certification or experience in TPM, Lean , six sigma is preferred
Experience upgrading or rolling out ERP system is required
Have a strong working knowledge and understanding of manufacturing equipment
Demonstrated ability analyzing plant cost and creating cost models
Prior experience leading continuous improvement initiatives with knowledge of CI methodologies & tools
Must have strong skill of Root Cause Analysis
Require mid-level skill of Excel operation (Mainly data base function. PV Table, V-Lookup, Index, If count, etc)
Must possess strong skills, knowledge and capability in lean manufacturing, finance and accounting, production, project management, leadership, and statistics/logical problem solving.

Keywords: Ajinomoto Foods North America, Portland , Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist, Other , Portland, Oregon

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