Operational Excellence Leader

With our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O?Lakes, Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega? and Wallaby Organic brands, DanoneWave has made healthy, alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food Company.? We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale not only to meet the world?s emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define the future of food.

As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.


This role will be a critical member of the continuous improvement team, focused on driving continuous improvement on a line or group of lines within the facility.? Responsible for performing the routine loss analysis and building capability within the organization to eliminate that loss.? Conducts analysis and implements improvements for all work processes in order to eliminate Non-Value Added Activity.?Execute and/or facilitate improvements through proven CI / Lean / TPM tools.?Must be a change catalyst with strong communication and time management skills. Most importantly, be a team player!


  • Ensure the safety of our people and our products always
  • Attend and support all line meetings as part of the daily direction setting process
  • Work with Production Leader and Maintenance Leader in the development and execution of the Plan for the Day and loss elimination
  • Owns Centerline Management system for the line.? Routinely coaches operators and mechanics on the execution and adherence to this system. Leads process definition to identify Centerline targets and document standards
  • Owns the Finished Product Quality system for the line.?
  • Maintain up to date Centerlines targets and track/check compliance to standard
  • Meet with each shift daily to review and prioritize unresolved issues
  • Support off shift critical work and emergency repairs where required
  • Provide trended data, ad hoc reports as requested by plant teams

  • Conducts recurring Loss Analysis and partners with Line Lead to develop short term improvement plans
  • Uses Plan-Do-Check-Act thought process to analyze line data to identify and prioritize loss elimination opportunities through the Daily Direction Setting cycle
  • Leads continuous improvement problem solving approach and trigger system to start the problem solving cycle
  • Perform Root Cause Analysis on safety, quality and major losses / chronic losses as necessary
  • Plans and coordinates training to others who will support the Process Improvement initiatives
  • Design, drive and perform analysis of recurring transactional and effort based work processes. Drive and track these projects to successful completion.
  • Develops control strategies and troubleshooting guides to enable operators to respond to sporadic losses
  • Ensures data is integrated into Daily Direction Setting process
  • Owns integrity of OEE calculations through Informance and other line event data tracking systems
  • Conducts regular and periodic audits of daily management systems
  • Provides technical direction/guidance to personnel as required.
  • Networks and shares best practice with other locations internal and possibly external to the plant
  • Will be a member and valued contributor to one of WhiteWave?s Operational Excellence Pillars
  • Own respective QMS standard and execute all processes, including all documentation specification requirements.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.? Reasonable accom-modation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.? The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel or crouch.
  • Occasionally required to lift and / or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to distinguish colors accurately

Mental Demands:?

  • Must understand vague and implicit instructions, and react favorably in all work situations.
  • Must be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people.?
  • Must be able to communicate providing verbal feedback in a professional manner.
  • Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials, and articulate goals and action plans.?
  • Must understand people and be able to communicate effectively with them.


  • 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 employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, oils, and wearing a respirator.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


No direct reports.?


  • Minimum four-year degree in engineering or related operations/process fields
  • Related process improvement working experience in manufacturing or other related industry
  • Familiarity or exposure to TPM, Lean, Six Sigma a plus
  • Dairy background a plus


DanonWave offers a competitive salary and bonus potential. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package as well as many other company sponsored benefits.

DanoneWave is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or any other unlawful criterion in accordance with applicable law. DanoneWave will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with all legal requirements.


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