KIK Custom Products

  • Operational Excellence Manager

    Job Location US-IL-Danville
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/17/2018 11:08 PM)
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    KIK's Custom Division contract manufacturing network consists of 8 locations throughout North America.

    KCM Division's Danville, IL contract manufacturing plant is located conveniently in Danville with 300,000 square feet of production space. The facility runs 24 hours at 5 days a week and is registered and compliant with the FDA, EPA, & cGMP. This plant contains 9 aerosol production lines for pressurized products. It also has 3 liquid production lines and manufactures personal care and OTC products.


    General Summary 

    The Operational Excellence Manager works closely with the Operations team to develop and to improve output, safety and efficiency.  Drives lean thinking mentality throughout the Danville site to achieve CI goals and objectives, tracking performance, developing corrective actions and/or communicating success via project achievements. Develop and implement continuous improvement initiatives to address plant productivity, product quality, safety, training, and on time delivery of quality products at the lowest possible cost. Direct continuous improvement projects to include the application of LEAN and Six Sigma tools. Develop and implement SOP’s to improve production operations while increasing efficiency and meeting rigorous quality standards.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Participates in safety leadership efforts
    • Direct and support site Op Ex resources to drive continuous improvement activities to improve manufacturing throughput and waste reduction. Facilitates and drives change in a fast paced and “ever changing” environment leveraging his/her strong interpersonal, professional, and collaborative skills.
    • Provides leadership / mentoring / training to project teams on the use and practice of Lean methodologies and tools.
    • Employ and teach Lean principles focused on throughput, first-time quality, waste elimination, continuous improvement, flexibility and Utilizing lean tools Kaizen, value stream mapping, Kanban, just-in-time, 5S, SMED, TPM to achieve sustainable improvements in KCM’s manufacturing culture
    • Implement processes and procedures, assess effectiveness of Op Ex initiatives and establish baseline performance
    • Quantifies and prioritizes project opportunities by savings potential
    • Responsible for planning and assisting in the execution of various Continuous Improvement projects targeted toward improving the business’s performance on safety, quality, productivity, and cost.
    • Manages 2 CI Technicians
    • Perform other duties as assigned



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business or related field or 5-10 years' equivalent experience in manufacturing operations leadership role in lieu of degree
    • Demonstrated experience implementing change using Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma methods and practices
    • Mini Tab experience in SPC also experience with Vorne (Genome) is a plus
    • 2 years’ supervisory experience preferred
    • Exceptional leadership skills
    • Good follow up skills


    • Thorough understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Op Ex tools
    • Proficient in the use of problem solving tools, performing root cause analysis and implementing corrective actions
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Business acumen
    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks with continually changing priorities
    • Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail
    • Knowledgeable of MS Office Suite



    KIK is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer




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