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Continuous Improvement Manager-Decatur, IL

Company: ADM
Location: Decatur
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Job Title:
Continuous Improvement Manager-Decatur, IL
Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities
Job Description:
Continuous Improvement Manager-Decatur, IL
This is a full time, exempt position
The Continuous Improvement Manager role is designed to coach and guide the implementation of the Performance Excellence System (PE) which is a Readiness deployment into the ADM organization. This role is the direct conduit between the tactical/operational and strategic initiatives in the organization. This position requires a leader that can facilitate and drive change in a fast paced and "ever changing" environment leveraging his/her strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
Key to success in this position is the ability to work within and across the organization at all levels creating value and buy-in as the key change facilitator for the Performance Excellence System deployment.
Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Align with strategic objectives for the Business Unit/Division/Functional Area/Plant and Execute PE to accomplish them

  • Perform education to pillar teams and steering committee

  • Train teams to utilize tools and methodologies aligned to PE

  • Serve as site implementation leader

  • Serve as site sustainment leader Audits/coaches the Site Steering Team

  • Audits/coaches KPIs, Pillars and key projects

  • Ensures visibility of KPIs, trend management

  • Provide/share foundational best-practices

  • Ensures the Plant Colleagues satisfaction through the transfer of performance system knowledge

  • Ensures Site program blockers are highlighted and communicated with site leadership

  • Arranges intermediate Steering Team reviews outside visits and benchmarking

    The Continuous Improvement Manager role is responsible for the deployment and ongoing sustainment of the PE Pillar system at the site. In addition, the manager is responsible for the training/coaching/mentoring of Performance Excellence Leaders at the location.
    This position will be focused on driving improvements in revenue and driving cost out of the business through the development of efficient processes, elimination of non-value added or duplicate efforts, waste and other related losses within ADM utilizing the zero-loss mindset through the PE system
    Specific duties include:

    • Facilitate the linkage between Business Unit, Division and Site objectives and ensure alignment using the PE system

    • Coach and assist plant in their Zero Loss Thinking and Analysis

    • Ensure plants are prepared for the launch of the PE implementations

    • Provide education on the pillars as necessary

    • Provide on-site coaching to the individuals/teams as necessary

    • Perform audits and assessments for the evaluation of PE results and consistency across the division

    • Identify training needs/gaps prior to and during the implementation.

    • 'Learning to See' the losses and coaching others to see

      Coach/mentor FI pillar teams to achieve savings goals
      Critical Competencies

      • Foundational experience in Continuous Improvement

      • Coaching and Facilitation skills

      • Strong leadership abilities

      • Professional maturity - work with all levels of the organization


        • Technical Training on the Job (OJT), some formal education helpful

        • Performance Excellence System Pillar training provided

        • Lean and Organizational Skills


          • Minimum 5 years of manufacturing/processing and/or Continuous Improvement experience

          • Desire experience in continuous improvement system such as ADM Performance Excellence, Lean or TPM

          • Desire proven leadership of deployment of continuous improvement system such as ADM Performance Excellence, Lean or TPM

            This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance. ---
            ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.---
            IL - Illinois
            Ref ID:
            ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.
            About ADM::
            ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We're a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We're blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We're a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We're an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we're a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at

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