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£47,500 - £55,000 (dep. on exp.) + Bonus + Excellent Benefits

Crawley area, West Sussex

  • Lean focussed Continuous Improvement Project Manager and Coach
  • FMCG market leader
  • We require experience required from any fast-moving manufacturing, engineering or logistics / distribution environment (six sigma certification is desirable, but not essential)
  • We will consider a wide range of levels of experience including candidates with more limited experience, who are seeking a progression / career development opportunity  

A European leader and part of a major group, our client is investing in their highly supported continuous improvement programme and seeks an additional Continuous Improvement Manager to join their UK & Ireland Continuous Improvement team.  The job holder will work on a variety of exciting projects and initiatives in close conjunction with core operational teams, using expertise in lean manufacturing and / or six sigma to identify continuous improvement opportunities and then deliver structured projects to achieve measurable improvements in Quality, Cost and Delivery (Process).   

The Continuous Improvement Manager’s core remit will be as follows: 

  • Highlights and develops business improvement opportunities
  • Develops, trains and rolls out standards and best practices using lean manufacturing and six sigma / lean tools and principles
  • Problem solves to identify root causes of selective issues restricting or affecting the business using process improvement and problem-solving tools such as; process mapping, kaizen events, value stream mapping, SMED, poka-yoke, FMEA, C&E analysis and 5S.
  • Develops and implements performance management systems that will help to measure and manage operational performance 
  • Partners with the plant’s General Manager, Process Managers and Shift Managers (in the operation) to plan and execute operational and tactical improvements 
  • Drives development and rollout of technology tools into the operation
  • Acts as a mentor to coach and develop staff in the mindset of continuous improvement
  • Supports adherence to, and sustainment of, the Group Global Operational Excellence Programme

To be considered candidates will demonstrate experience as a Continuous Improvement Manager; driving continuous improvement / lean initiatives / world class manufacturing within any demanding and fast-moving manufacturing, engineering or logistics / distribution environment.  You will ideally (but not essential) possess Six Sigma certification.  Most importantly we require a track record of driving and leading cultural, long-term sustainable change.  You will possess energy, excellent communication and influencing skills and have an engaging hands-on people style, coupled with a genuine passion for change and enrichment of the workplace utilising world-class improvement techniques.  Please note that the salary range is dependent on experience.

Our client is growing, profitable and there is significant support for their continuous improvement / six sigma improvement / lean transformation programmes which have already yielded significant benefits.  Excellent opportunities for career development are available.  Should you feel your skills and experience are well suited please apply online or for further information contact Dan Sculthorp, Director at ‘OPEX Selection’.

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