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Continuous Improvement Manager in Chicago, IL at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 6/29/2022

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
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  • Experience:
    3-5 years
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Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 33 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.


Position Summary:
Responsibilities include providing guidance to resolve particular operations issues or implement projects, the consistent collaboration with the Manufacturing Transformation team during the preparation, diagnostic, planning and implementation stages, while incorporating safety and quality/sanitation standards in a continuous improvement environment.
Successful candidate will be a change leader, results-oriented team player, must have very strong commitment, solid interpersonal skills and intercultural sensitivity.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform data analysis to identify opportunities for cost savings and waste reduction
  • Conduct process studies to discover opportunities for increased line effectiveness
  • Prepare statistical analysis of process capability to implement improved controls
  • Provide assistance in design and execution of various projects (systems and floor)
  • Facilitate and coordinate training for the supervisors/managers
  • Provide coaching/feedback for supervisors/front-line managers and associates to drive change and improve the site’s culture and performance
  • Supports without hesitation General Plant Safety, Food Safety, Food Defense Initiatives and Good Manufacturing
  • Practices with an understanding that these are absolutes and are Priority #1.
  • Ensure process compliance and appropriate CI tools are in place and fully utilized in order to facilitate associate empowerment and promote a culture of data driven decision making
  • Ensure Transformation is the new organizational mindset
  • Ensure best practices exchange

Job Requirements

Education and Work History:

  • Bachelor's degree in Food/Baking Science, Industrial, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering. A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted.
  • Two or more years of supervisor/manager experience and direct manufacturing experience
  • Must be willing to submit to a background screening
  • Availability for traveling/relocation
  • Hard working and entrepreneurial
  • Ability to connect with people across hierarchies and develop strong relationships
  • Must possess strong leadership, computer, and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to analyze data
  • The ability to help the transformation team throughout the bakery to achieve the goals
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve in a challenging environment
  • Results Achiever
  • Learning and adapting best practices
  • People oriented leadership
  • Lives by and promotes values

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Be a part of a company that is dedicated to protecting our planet:

  • All of our U.S. operations have been powered with 100% renewable electric energy since July 2019, with energy created through a Wind Farm backed by a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with Invenergy
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA was named EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the fourth year in a row for superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency 
  • We have 18 ENERGY STAR® Certified facilities
  • Our Manufacturing operations divert greater than 95% of waste from landfill
  • Over 1500 of our vehicles utilize alternative fuel – propane, compressed natural gas, electric, or hybrid
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA has committed to 100% sustainable packaging across its portfolio by 2025. All product bags, pouches and wrappers are currently recyclable through Terracycle.

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.