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Posted December 20th

Process Improvement Leader - Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith, AR

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Posted December 20th

Process Improvement Leader - Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith, AR






Full Time

About The Position
The New Product Development Specialist position is responsible for assisting the New Product Development Manager with projects in the areas of new product development and optimization, which will focus on customer satisfaction and...
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas

The Process Improvement Leader position will assist in plant operations by contributing towards the development and execution of programs to improve manufacturing efficiencies at all levels of the organization. This will include the responsibility to identify, analyze and execute various initiatives to improve efficiencies, reduce cost, improve quality, improve safety, and increase customer satisfaction. This position will also be responsible for supporting the implementation of the PR Operational Excellence Program at the local site. The development of key internal and external customer relationships is an integral function of this position. Key Accountabilities:
  • Excellence in Operations (“XO”) facilitator and coach – identify opportunities, provide tools and framework for each initiative, schedule training, facilitate workshops, develop improvement roadmaps, link activities to operational KPIs, and lead XO assessments (self and with Pernod team). Follow up and support XO initiatives and programs by mentoring and coaching production leads, supervisors, and managers throughout each step of each XO agenda’s journey. Build sustainability programs for each.
  • Operational Performance Improvements – provide insight through analytics and drive operational improvements. Lead and support regular meetings with the teams to drive efficiency and OEE improvements and increased levels of engagement. Be a catalyst to lead manufacturing performance improvement and process control by effectively implementing and measuring process changes and work procedures via Lean Manufacturing Techniques. Collaborate with operational partners to deliver against KPI objectives.
  • Problem Solving - Provide thought leadership, subject matter expertise and additional support in developing practical solutions to complex analytical problems. Facilitate problem solving workshops with cross functional teams to address operational performance issues (efficiency, quality, costs) as needed across the site using six sigma philosophies and techniques.
  • Documentation – maintain, revise as needed, and standardize ways of working and operational SOPs based on best practices, different site inputs, and global standards.
  • Team Player – work directly with the different departments (plant floor and management) to execute improvements and deploy best practices and standards.
  • Professional experience:
    • Within the packaging industry and/or a food/beverage manufacturing environment
    • Quality experience – within a manufacturing environment and knowledge of appropriate process improvement techniques (i.e. zero defects, supplier certification, Lean, Six Sigma, etc)
  • Job Specific skills:
    • Leading projects
    • Lean manufacturing knowledge base and implementation techniques
    • Bottling/packaging knowledge (equipment and/or process)
    • CI methodologies
    • Pedagogy – training others
  • Interpersonal skillset:
  • Teamwork – cooperation with and within cross functional teams
  • Motivating and influencing others
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change
  • Problem solving and data analysis
  • Goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely
  • Strategic thinking – short and long-term planning, road mapping
  • Creative – out of the box thinking, challenges conventions
  • Self-starting – takes initiative, self-motivating and results driven
  • Customer oriented – delivers results to operations and KPIs
  • Willingness to Travel
  • Education – required Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field
  • Preferred:  Advanced training and experience in Lean Manufacturing/CI/SIxSigma/5S. Work experience in the beverage/food business or CPG industry.
Who are we?
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S. The company's leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as ABSOLUT® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, and Avión™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avión); such superior wines as Jacob's Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines. Learn more about our history, values, strategies and organization by visiting us at
Working at Pernod Ricard
Working for Pernod Ricard USA means working for the co-leader in the global wines and spirits industry – and having the opportunity to work with great people and great brands in diverse and challenging roles. Our success is the result of the passion and creativity of our people, our exceptional portfolio of leading premium brands, and a shared commitment to our values of entrepreneurship, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard USA rewards both individual initiative and a spirit of collaboration and encourages ongoing professional development. Pernod Ricard USA recognizes the importance of continuously building upon our diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We believe in championing an inclusive culture that embraces differences and encourages employees to challenge themselves and their colleagues.
Pernod Ricard USA offers competitive compensation, performance bonuses and domestic & international career development opportunities.

* Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
* Offers will be subject to United States local terms.

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Education Level - Bachelor's Degree
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Fort Smith, AR
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