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Continuous-Improvement-Specialist

Company name
Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Location
Sioux Falls, SD

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Overview
The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.
 
The Continuous Improvement Specialist identifies and implements process improvement opportunities. Responsible to identify and improve the outcomes of manufacturing and operational processes to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction at a particular location. Provides advisement and recommendations to key management personnel to influence change and implement continuous process improvement programs. 
 
EEO/AA Information
Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.
Responsibilities
Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:
Evaluates plant efficiencies and drives cost savings by identifying and facilitating process improvement projects.
Conducts root cause analysis, determine metrics, and troubleshoot manufacturing/business and operational issues.
Facilitates training/workshops to drive cultural change.
Completes advanced data collection and analysis for process mapping.
Develops and conducts compliance audits, program evaluations, and reviews to drive results with the fortitude to ensure change is sustainable.
Lead cost reduction goals - monthly and annually.  
Partners with Operations and Engineering teams to monitor and evaluate effectiveness of new equipment installations. 
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor\u2019s Degree from a regionally accredited college or Unversity in Engineering, Science or related field and 2 years of related experience and/or training required.
Demonstrated understanding of Continuous Improvement and lean manufacturing principles.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced level knowledge of Excel.
Solid analytical skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
Demonstrated planning, organization, and execution skills.
Strong interpersonal and technical skills.
Knowledge of SAP is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequently required to sit; stand; walk; reach with hands and arms.
Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance, vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant.  The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Company info

Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Website : http://www.smithfieldfoods.com

Company Profile
From our small town beginning in Smithfield, Virginia, Smithfield Foods has grown into a global food company with a presence in 12 countries. Regardless of the size and scope of our business, we always conduct ourselves with respect for our animals, communities, customers, employees and the environment. Our philosophy has served us well and we are committed to providing Good food. Responsibly.® so you can confidently share great meals and memories with family and friends.

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