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Regional Continuous Improvement Leader

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Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Channahon, IL -Illinois, US, 60410 Cairo, IL -Illinois, US, 62914-0115 Chesterfield, MO -Missouri, US, 63017 Danville, IL -Illinois, US, 61834

Company: Bunge

Bunge North America (BNA) has a challenging opportunity available for a Regional Continuous Improvement Leader to help drive our organization to achieve substantial cost and efficiency improvements year over year.  As a Continuous Improvement Leader, you will be responsible for Lead change management activities and leading the use of Lean Sigma, kaizens, and other continuous improvement tools within the business (OVC, Milling, Packaging, Grain) and operation environments to eliminate non-value added activities, while improving operational excellence. Assists in the identification and proliferation of manufacturing best practices. Will be responsible for the support of an operational excellence culture throughout all plant operations and in alignment with the BPS productivity effort.


Core Functions:

  • Lead cross-functional critical business projects utilizing Lean Sigma and continuous improvement techniques in order to identify and eliminate waste throughout the business
  • Lead different projects over time, it is important that the projects are followed-up & DMAIC principles applied, while the ownership of the project will be transferred to site Plant Managers
  • Training and coaching of local staff in Lean. The Regional CI Leader will need to train and build the Lean skills of the local resources so that they are able to implement, sustain, and continue using Lean principles. Training will be delivered and provided first by the corporate Lean team
  • Assist business functions and plants in mapping their work processes and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Apply continuous improvement methods such as Six Sigma (DMAIC/DFSS), Lean, change execution, and Behavior Consequence Management
  • Apply Lean principles of teamwork, methodology, business benefit, innovation, and customer (VOC) focus
  • Lead transformational change and work on identifying greatest Lean opportunities across the company
  • Coordinate benchmarking and external analysis (Subject Matter Experts, Workshops, company visits, etc.)
  • Identify and share best practices and external trends
  • Teach and coach others in scientific problem solving and standardized work
  • Educate, communicate, and excite the organization on Lean
  • Work with financial controllers to ensure project savings are identified, tracked, and captured
  • Ensure that 6S, visual management techniques, best practice sharing, and other continuous improvement tools are consistently implemented
  • Coach and mentor employees in the application of the continuous improvement methodology
  • Continually develop knowledge of process improvement philosophies and applications
  • Manage complex transactional process improvement projects
  • Coordinate resources across multiple projects
  • Coordinate and maintain continuous improvement administrative needs
  • Embrace and demonstrate Servant Leadership concepts
  • Be a safety leader


Skill/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5 years’ experience in Manufacturing Preferred
  • Green Belt, Black Belt, or Master Black Belt certification Preferred
  • Project Management PMP certification Preferred
  • Experience designing, implementing, and leading continuous improvement projects/programs
  • Must have thorough understanding of cycle time reduction, waste reduction, yield improvement, productivity and throughput improvement
  • Hands-on experience using Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPM, Six Sigma, TQM).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact at all levels of the organization
  • Strong communication and facilitation/presentation skills
  • Results oriented with a strong customer focus
  • Strong attention to detail is required
  • Strong computer skills are required
  • Must be able to multitask and handle several priorities at one time
  • Ability to travel up to 75%
  • Position will be regionally located at one of our US facilities  

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

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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