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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Overview
Leprino Foods' history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We've grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose in the world, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the "World's Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company." To help us achieve our daring vision, we're looking for the secret ingredient: You. A motivated individual who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to over 4,300 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?
Within our 1000-person flagship "Lemoore West" facility in Lemoore, CA, we are seeking a highly qualified CI Engineer to continue moving our organization to even larger levels of operational and production efficiencies. We take pride in our vision to be "world's best", it's why we work harder, invest more, and continually innovate.
Responsibilities
As Leprino's Continuous Improvement Engineer for our Lemoore West facility will you take responsibility for embedding CI culture within our plant as well as partnering with plant functions to identify and execute performance improvement opportunities with a high level of impact on financial performance.
In this role you will assist teams in deploying tools, technology, policies, and processes to improve operational effectiveness with efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Responsible for management of employees and/or project performance. Regularly monitors key performance indicator of team and project deliverables.
Responsible for performance management (performance reviews) of direct reports.
Demonstrate Leprino Food Company's core values and ensures adherence to company policies.
Organize, lead, and facilitate cross-functional project teams.
Partner with internal teams to identify and roadmap best solution. Then trains and coaches the team on the CI Tool set to achieve the solution.
Partner with plant operators to understand what they're experiencing on the floor.
Gather business requirements and identify how/where process changes will fit. Define options to meet needs. Support the new definition adoption of new processes.
Implement and sustain process improvements to reduce production costs and increase yields.
Track metrics that provide data for process measurement, identify indicates for future improvement opportunities.
Plan, perform, and implement process improvement initiatives. Diagram and evaluate existing processes.
Lead process improvement initiatives through the disciplined use of measurements, accountability, analysis, and discussion of process alternatives in order to arrive at best practices
Bring expertise or identify SMES in support of multi-functional efforts in process improvements
Initiate and carry out all requirements of engineering projects of a full project cycle
Will you turn your passion into impact? At Leprino we are dedicated to producing high-quality products that help feed and nourish millions of families around the world. It's a big responsibility and we hope you're up for it.
Accept a challenging environment where solving problems, continuous learning, and a high technical aptitude is the norm, not the exception. Take ownership of your career ? it's yours to grow if you're willing to put the work in.
Be humble, inquisitive, patient, collaborative, tenacious, and resilient - the DNA of a Leprino employee.
Qualifications
Offering You In Return:
Real career stability, leadership experience, and an ever-learning environment in our state-of-the-art operations. You will play a leading part with the most technologically advanced dairy foods company in the nation. Our proprietary processing technologies are almost a decade ahead of even our closest competitors.
The opportunity to join a company that will invest in you for the long-term. Leprino couldn't be where it is today without our incredible workforce. That's why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with Leprino is our ultimate goal. Through competitive salaries, healthcare benefits, tuition assistance, vacation, holiday, and sick time, matching 401(k), annual merit, incentives, and our annual Profit Sharing plan ? Leprino hires to retire.
A chance to reside in Lemoore, California: 30 minutes south of Fresno, an hour from the popular China Peak Ski Resort as well as Sequoia National Park, and a two-hour drive to Yosemite National Park.
You Have (Minimum Qualifications):
A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Engineering, or Operations Management.
Two years of experience in a continuous/process improvement role.
One year of experience in a leadership capacity.
Experience with either Lean, Six Sigma, TQM, or Toyota Production Systems.
Experience working within CI methodologies such as Kaizen, Standard Work, 5s Program, Process Mapping, Cause Mapping, and Project Management.
Knowledge in SAP, MES, or BI systems.
You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):
Four years of experience as a CI/CIP professional in a manufacturing environment.
Two years of supervisor experience.
Hands on experience using 3D solid (SolidWorks) and 2D drafting software (AutoCAD)
Experience in manufacturing and assembly procedures.
"The culture of Leprino Foods is built by a family of passionate employees who believe in what they do, who understand the value of teamwork and understand that no one person is greater than the other." ? Steve, Leprino Plant Manager



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