Cargill Site Continuous Improvement Lead in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Site Continuous Improvement Lead

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose

The Continuous Improvement Lead position is responsible for conducting CI activities at the Milwaukee Cocoa and Chocolate facility. This position conducts activities related to the portfolio leadership, governance and control; key project execution, value realization and measurement; capability and culture development; business partnership, and stakeholder management. The CI Lead is accountable to identify and deliver maximum value to the business through a metrics management approach, while expanding the continuous improvement process competencies across the site.

This position uses comprehensive knowledge to develop and manage CI project plans for projects, and assures project goals and objectives are attained and sustained. Identifies and documents variances from project goals and objectives, and communicates status reports, issue logs and risk areas to leadership across the Milwaukee location.

Principal Accountabilities

30% Project Execution, Value Realization, & Measurement:

  • Uses comprehensive knowledge to develop and manage CI project plans and assures project goals and objectives are attained and sustained.

  • Identifies and documents variances from project goals and objectives, and communicates status reports, issue logs and risk areas to Plant Operations leadership.

  • Tracks and reports the value creation and develops sustainment plans to ensure sustainable results.

  • Facilitates and coaches teams to deliver improvement in process capability, productivity and quality through implementation of CI philosophy, theory, and application tools / tactics.

  • Uses expertise, experience, and network to drive process improvement initiatives for Plant Operations and extend them across the supply chain to suppliers and customers.

  • Manages the daily execution of value stream processes, sub processes and work streams to ensure completion of milestones on task and within scope of projects with highest cost and risk.

  • Maintains CI value trackers or project scorecards and dashboards to ensure that identified improvements across the site are successfully implemented and that the promised benefits and value are being captured; provide results to management and leadership.

25% Leadership, Governance & Control:

  • Leads the overall Continuous Improvement strategy for the Milwaukee site and support other functions and teams with development of CI strategies.

  • Leads groups through the continuous improvement process. Example projects include: waste & scrap recovery and removal, packaging efficiency, production productivity, resource utilization (water reduction), transactional accuracy, quality defects removal, least cost formulation management, SKU management/rationalization, etc.

  • Uses comprehensive knowledge to identify areas for stabilizing or enhancing the performance of assets or processes that improve business results.

  • Analyzes, develops and implements sustainable, repeatable and quantifiable business process improvements. Continuously analyzes and measures the effectiveness of improvements, and recommends additional improvements to applications, processes and procedures with high levels of ambiguity.

  • Defines and implements governance models to ensure improvement projects, plans, methodologies and quality standards are consistently followed by the site in alignment with Cargill policies.

  • Leads teams to identify causes and solutions, and ensures decision rights (e.g. RASCI framework structures) are followed

20% Capability and Culture Development:

  • Actively participates in the Business CI Community of Practice. Identifies, monitors, and implements continuous improvement best practices.

  • Drive continuous improvement capability and culture change across the site through best practice sharing, vocal advocacy, and visible leadership, which includes the objective of identifying and implementing opportunities.

  • Assess organizational readiness for the change, maturity and may develop new technology or processes to address changes that include leadership alignment, messaging, and action planning to achieve CI project efforts.

  • Subject matter expert to provide comprehensive advice and coach multiple site teams on CI, providing services and support for teams to be systematic in their approach to develop and improve processes for sustainable, long-term success.

  • Researches best practices within and outside the organization to establish benchmark data.

  • Create performance metrics to measure program success by independently conducting value realization analysis, value tracking process, progress reports and dashboards to ensure project targets (financial, productivity, defect reduction, etc.) are achieved for projects.

15% Business Partnership and Stakeholder Management:

  • Uses comprehensive experience and knowledge to remove barriers to ensure completion of project milestones, and influences stakeholders to take action across the site.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with site and Function leadership, as well as other teams across the Group and Functions.

  • Facilitates working discussions across multiple site/location teams, and maintains open partnership with business users to identify and solve gaps in the CI process.

  • Works with Enterprise, Group and Function leadership to build accountability of CI project, and ensures alignment with CI program goals, objectives, plan and approach.

  • Challenges the status quo with site leaders and other stakeholders to explore new ways to analyze, measure, execute and ultimately bring increased value to the asset or process.

10% People and Talent Management:

  • Provide coaching, mentoring, training, or knowledge transfer and skill enhancement to team members and community of practice.

  • May provide informal work direction to members of the teams

  • May participate in selection of employees and provide input on plans for future workforce needs.

  • Regularly monitors progress of CI team members on design best practices and methodologies, including technical leadership on projects with less defined processes.

  • Trains and coaches Enterprise, Function, Group/Business and Site CI teams to sustain the CI work stream gains and deliver on the value defined in the business case. This includes functional leadership of the CI training and talent development.

Essential Functions/Requirements

Ability to travel across the Unitied States and Canada up to 20% of the time.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 5 more years’ of supervisory experience, directly or indirectly managing others in a manufacturing or operations environment

  • OR 2-yr Associate's degree with 8 or more years of supervisory experience, directly or indirectly managing others in a manufacturing or operations environment

  • Participated in or led 5 or more cost savings or efficiency projects with measurable results

  • 1 or more years of experience managing projects that span across multiples teams or functions within an organization to accomplish project goals

  • 3 or more years of experience performing analytical problem solving: Able to identify problems; able to apply structured and disciplined methodology to identify root causes

  • Ability to travel in United States and Canada up to 20% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced education/ degree in business (MBA), operations, engineering, or other related field

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (or higher) certification

  • Advanced training in Lean and/or Six Sigma, such as Black Belt training

  • Previous reliability excellence or stable operations deployment experience

  • Managing complex programs in a cross-cultural environment is highly desirable.

  • Working knowledge of reliability and productivity practices.

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity

Success Factors

  • Experience effectively coaching leaders on continuous improvement tools and processes.

  • Experience creating and executing plans to drive organizational results.

  • Strong competencies in the areas of leadership, communication, teamwork, interpersonal effectiveness, initiative and process discipline.

  • Business fluency in English.

  • Analytical Problem Solving: able to identify problems, apply structured and disciplined methodology to identify root cause using data.

  • Ability to facilitate small and large cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to build strong working relationships.

  • Demonstrated experience with effective communication of goals and strategies across multiple leadership levels of an organization.

  • Demonstrated budget management and knowledge of key business financial metrics.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Process Optimization/Project Management

Primary Location US-WI-Milwaukee

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MIL01105