Smithfield Foods

Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager

US-IL-Lisle | US-MO-Kansas City | US-VA-Smithfield | US-OH-Cincinnati
FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


The Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for developing, initiating, leading and driving plant continuous improvement projects from a corporate level.   This includes process or business changes to reduce operating costs and overseeing project initiation, development, tracking and auditing. Responsible for supporting and/or facilitating key continuous improvement activities, in areas such as; waste reduction, cost savings, production efficiency, maintenance reliability, quality, safety, environmental, people development, business systems, business technology and business development initiatives.

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 and tasks are written as follows:

  1. Works with Operations management, Maintenance, Finance, supervisors, hourly employees and other divisions to develop ideas for improvement and potential solutions.
  2. Works with Engineering to evaluate new technologies and processes.
  3. Facilitates capacity studies for future growth opportunities as dictated by business.
  4. Identifies and facilitates the implementation of process improvements and cost savings opportunities aligned with key business objects.
  5. Tracks and measures results of improvement initiatives.
  6. Acts as a change agent to identify and drive continuous improvement projects that realize cost savings for the organization.
  7. Performs and evaluates economic analyses on projects.
  8. Establishes and implements meaningful metrics to set yield, labor and supply standards; tracks and identifies gaps in performance; explains discrepancies and facilitates system solutions.
  9. Oversees project performance and ensures timely completion and achievement of goals.
  10. Maintains and updates plant capacity numbers and creates reports to measure yield and labor performance.
  11. Responsible for developing and leading projects to reduce negative variances.
  12. Implements strategic planning and execution using techniques such as, 4 Disciplines of Execution and SWOT Analysis.
  13. Coaches management in tactical execution of strategic plans.
  14. Completes special projects and provides relief supervision, as needed.

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.


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’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 5+ years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Minimum of 3+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
  • Experience leading continuous improvement projects in manufacturing, maintenance or engineering.
  • Knowledge of industrial engineering principles, required.
  • Demonstrated ability to use Continuous Improvement methods to reduce costs and manage projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement continuous improvement plans, lean manufacturing initiatives, 5S, value stream mapping, statistical process control and six sigma to drive change.
  • Formal lean manufacturing training, required.
  • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office Excel.
  • Familiarity with SAP, preferred.
  • Strong attention to detail, self-motivation, innovation and ability to operate autonomously.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to travel up to 75% of the time.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to Plant Continuous Improvement Managers.

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.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to sit, use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear.

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.

  • Corporate working environment.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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