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Process Improvement Specialist

Location: West Allis & New Berlin
State: Wisconsin
Country: USA

Do you want to help improve food and health around the world?

At Chr. Hansen, food and health is at the heart of everything we do and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day. As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living and sustainable agriculture and we need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?

What we offer you?

At Chr. Hansen, we offer a working opportunity that you can take part in setting the agenda. In each of our 32 global offices, you will be able to experience an agile organization where takes a short way from idea to implementation. We believe that engagement matters. Our inspiring work environment and collaborative culture would allow you to continuously develop both personally and professionally. As a market leader, Chr. Hansen has constantly pioneered science for almost 150 years and expanded into new area for a more sustainable future. Our founder, Christian D. A. Hansen, was a true entrepreneur and his mentality is still very present and valued today. We keep looking for people who can take charge and come up with new ideas to strengthen our team. Join us and take part in making a meaningful difference!

General Summary:

The Process Improvement Specialist improves both team efficiency and process efficiency by giving support operationally to the FC&E Product Supply Management team in New Berlin and West Allis.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Helps develop and implement training programs (12 week projects) and provide solutions for organizational training in Lean, Six Sigma, and Problem Solving tools, principles, and methodology including A3s and C4s.
  • Identifies and supports organizational goals and activities (5S, Kata, Kaizen) specifically related to PI initiatives and other project activity.
  • Participate in and lead continuous improvement tasks or projects.
  • Measures and communicates process improvement progress status within the organization.
  • Works with global peers and others in PI to align local efforts and share best practices.
  • Provides hands-on support at the manufacturing level for continuous improvement of manufacturing operations and processes through problem solving sessions, kaizen events, etc.
  • Provide support to organizational change management initiatives.
  • Implement and improve assigned components of the organizational communication plan.
  • Handle details of a confidential nature with discretion and technical skill.
  • Provide excellent level of customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, displaying trust and rapport building skills.
  • Ability to effectively and succinctly communicate in oral and written form to all levels (Operator to Executive) of the organization, as well as outside contractors.
  • Possess a working knowledge of the manufacturing process and good business acumen.
  • Skilled in facilitation and coaching methods to achieve results through others.
  • Time management skills and ability to work under strict deadlines. Ability to multi-task and organize work, looking for ways to become more efficient in completing tasks.
  • Possess a strong level of project management skills.
  • High adaptability, with the ability to work independently and act as a self-starter.
  • Ability to explain, build and motivate change across the organization.
  • Possess a working knowledge in Microsoft Office programs as well as statistical tools and software. SAP experience is a plus.
  • These characteristics are normally acquired through a Bachelor of Science in a business or scientific field of study with 3-5 years of related administrative experience and related experience in a Lean/Six Sigma manufacturing environment.
  • Working Conditions

    Working environment is generally favorable and in an office setting. Lighting, temperature and noise levels are adequate. Regular entry into the production facility requires personal protective equipment to be worn at all times. This includes a lab coat, hair/beard net, safety glasses, and gloves. International travel bi-annually may be required.

    Physical demands

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to use a keyboard, calculator, and telephone. Frequent sitting, talking, hearing, and occasionally stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, lift (10lbs.), and an ability to adjust vision for close vision work. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

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    About Chr. Hansen

    Chr. Hansen is the world’s most sustainable food ingredients company and uniquely positioned to drive positive change through our microbial solutions, which touch the lives of more than 1 billion people every day. Over more than 145 years, we have worked to enable sustainable agriculture, cleaner labels and healthier living for more people around the world. We have come far on our journey, and delivered strong results, and as we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria through new technologies, there is so much more we can do.

    We are passionate about what we do because we know we can make a difference for people, animals and plants. And ultimately for our planet. It’s part of our culture, our history and our strategy.

    Our employees are at the heart of everything we do and the driving force enabling us to live our mission to pioneer microbial science to improve food, health and productivity in our endeavor to grow a better world. Naturally.

    If you need more information?  

    Read more about a career at Chr. Hansen here:

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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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