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Continuous Improvement Specialist

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Date: Sep 6, 2022

Location: Cairo, IL -Illinois, US, 62914-0115

Company: Bunge

Position Summary:

This position will help drive our organization to achieve substantial cost and efficiency improvements year over year.  This position will report to the North American Continuous Improvement Manager and will be responsible for strategically supporting change management activities in a geographical region, and supporting the use of Lean Sigma, kaizens, and other continuous improvement tools within the business and industrial operation environments to eliminate non-value added activities, while improving operational excellence.  Continuous Improvement Specialists will assist in the identification and proliferation of manufacturing best practices across Bunge, as well as be responsible for the support of an operational excellence culture throughout all plant operations and in alignment with the Bunge Production System (BPS) improvement effort. 


Core Functions:

  • Champion Safety & Lean manufacturing practices  
  • Geographically lead Bunge Production System (BPS) support efforts within a defined region 
  • Support and assist with cross-functional critical business projects utilizing Lean Six Sigma and continuous improvement techniques in order to identify and eliminate waste throughout the business 
  • Support and assist with various improvement projects; it is important that the projects are followed-up on and when required DMAIC principles applied
  • Work with Regional CI Leaders to ensure project savings are identified, tracked, and captured for accurate reporting, including progress updates 
  • Training and coaching of local staff and BPS Pillar Leaders within assigned geographical region 
  • Work with the Regional CI Leader to train and build the BPS skillset of the local resources so that sites are able to implement, sustain, and continue using BPS principles independently 
  • Support business functions and plants in mapping their work processes and identify opportunities for improvement 
  • Lead site transformational change initiatives and work with Regional CI Leaders to identify greatest Lean and BPS opportunities across the company 
  • Cooperate with Regional CI Leaders and sites to identify and share best practices and external trends 
  • Assist site Pillar Leaders with closing identified gaps 
  • Lead discussions and drive the site integrated master plan for BPS success (Bprox) 
  • Actively promote pull methodology” to site Pillar Leaders for regional support engagement 
  • Teach and coach others in scientific problem solving and the importance of standardized work 
  • Educate, communicate, and excite the organization on Lean and BPS principles 
  • Embrace and demonstrate Servant Leadership concepts 


Skill/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience required, with continuous improvement and lean manufacturing experience preferred 
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification Preferred 
  • Experience with assisting in the design and implementation of continuous improvement projects and initiatives 
  • Must understand loss prevention and the 8 Types of Waste 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact at all levels of the organization 
  • Strong presentation and facilitation/training skills 
  • Results oriented with a strong customer focus 
  • Strong attention to detail is required 
  • Strong computer skills are required  
  • Must be able to handle overlapping priorities effectively 
  • Ability to travel up to 50%

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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