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Position Title: Manager, Continuous Improvement

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Oakbrook Terrace 

Grade: Grade 06 

Requisition ID: 17766 



Job Summary:


The Manager Continuous Improvement is responsible for the leadership of continuous improvement processes, loss analysis, root-cause problem solving and high performance work systems (HPWS) across all Operations in North America.  They need to be hands-on, passionate and experienced in leading, coaching and supporting and least two of the following disciplines:

  • Lean Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints including Process Modelling/Rate Optimization
  • Autonomous Manufacturing
  • Early Management (Vertical Start Ups)
  • Total Production Maintenance Systems (High Performance Work Systems, Integrated Work Systems)
  • Industrial Engineering (Labor Studies)
  • Adult Learning and Work Simplification

Responsibilities include the rollout and execution of MDI (Managing for Daily Improvement) and other related initiatives to create highly effective and efficient sustainable operations where employees are enabled and engaged in improving the business.  The MDI Manager will be responsible for developing capability in others; for leading strategic ad hoc projects; for contributing to meet the financial and cultural objectives of the business.


Key Accountabilities:


  • Deliver upon McCain’s Sustainable Cost Advantage business objectives for North America
  • Support the roll out of MDI and other HPWS and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) programs and principles as a way to meet this objective
  • Improve Safety, Quality, Service Delivery and Cost through more reliable and sustainable lower cost operations.  This will be attained through building capability in others and in building processes to support leveraging this capability.  Specific capabilities and systems include:


  1. Autonomous Manufacturing
  2. Focus Improvement (Problem Solving) 
  3. Early Management (Vertical Start Up)
  4. Daily Management Systems (HPWS)
  5. Skills Development / Work Simplification
  6. Lean Thinking
  7. Proactive Maintenance


  • Build skills and understanding in others to be able to identify, analyze, understand and act upon defects and losses (build Root Cause Analysis and Lean Thinking skills and principles into others so that it is “just the way we think, problem solve and manage”)
  • Provide strong project leadership, analysis and problem solving for key operational opportunities



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Operations Management, Engineering or a related field such as Maintenance Management.
  • At least five (5) years of leadership / management experience within Continuous Improvement and Plant Operations is preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification and Project Management Professional designation a bonus.
  • A proven track record of continuous improvement and results orientation achieved through the development and growth of others.   
  • Must excel at thought leadership, problem solving and the ability to work with and influence others (leadership and change management).  
  • Must have ability to build positive relationships at all organizational levels and be comfortable influencing senior stakeholders.  
  • The ability to deal with and develop a plan in an ambiguous environment is key.  
  • Experience in training and facilitating.  
  • Management, Maintenance Management, Lean Manufacturing, TPM, Project Management, Autonomous Manufacturing, Adult Learning, Six Sigma, Process Modelling, Early Management experience.


Travel Requirement: 50%


The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by science, and in line with our culture and values, we believe that being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect each other, our families, our customers, and our communities.  It is therefore a requirement that the successful candidate for this role be fully vaccinated and have completed the mandatory incubation period prior to the candidate’s start date with McCain, subject to reasonable accommodations if you are unable to be vaccinated for protected grounds under applicable human rights legislation (e.g. medical or religious reasons).



McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.


The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination restrictions easing across the globe we do not currently require employees to be vaccinated, but we reserve the right to change this mandate in line with health guidance and regulations in each country.
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Job Family: Supply Chain & Logistics      
Division: NA Supply Chain 
Department: ​CI and Supply Strategy ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Illinois : Oakbrook Terrace 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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