Continuous Improvement Manager

  • One Snackfood Ln, Minong, WI 54859, USA
  • Full-time
  • Sub-Department: Continuous Improvement
  • Department: Operations
  • Site Location: Minong

Company Description

When it comes to being wild, we know a thing or two. We’re not afraid of trying something new or the hard work it takes to make it happen. It’s in our DNA. We’ve turned a family recipe into the world’s largest meat snack business, that’s still proudly family owned and operated.

We’re a company built by innovators, and are driven to not only satisfy your hunger, but to also feed your journey – whether that journey is on the road, on the run, at the campground, at the playground, in the office or in the moment. It’s a journey we share with you. It’s the journey forward of our people, of our communities, of our category…with a reverence for quality and an irreverence for the status quo.

At Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, we see every moment of every day as an opportunity to move forward, to forge new ground, to realize our vision of becoming the World’s #1 Protein Snack Company. We never give up. You never give up. Together, we keep going. Are you wild enough to join us?

Join the team, make a difference, be part of something bigger.

Link Snacks, Ink (“Jack Link’s”) is the #1 Meat Snack brand in the U.S. Headquartered in Minong, Wisconsin, Link Snacks is a family-owned and operated company that represents a heritage of quality, safety and innovation. The company is made up of passionate team members who share an uncompromising commitment to delivering awesome products. Sold in more than 40 countries, the Link Snacks’ family of companies owns a portfolio of brands that includes Jack Link’s®, Lorissa’s Kitchen®, Wild River®, Golden Island®, MATADOR®, BiFi®, and Peperami®.

Job Description

Primary focus of this position is to provide daily hands on support for Plant Operations in order to achieve goals. Understanding of key performance metrics and activities that drive continuous improvement projects to improve safety, quality, productivity, and cost. You will provide support for multiple value streams regarding safety, quality, service, product cost, process improvements and Team Member Feedback. You will lead cross functional projects and teams to accomplish and complete CI objectives and goals. 

The duties and responsibilities of this position shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Work along with the Plant Leadership Team to monitor and improve Plant targets and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Rotate as needed to all shifts to conduct, train and educate the teams on CI activities.
  • Establish action plans and follow-up meetings as needed to advance process improvements to achieve targets.
  • Continually challenge individuals and teams to improve through systematic application of continuous improvement methodologies and leading by example.
  • Facilitate LEAN improvement teams to help with data analysis, problem solving and presentation of solutions to various levels of the organization.
  • Using data, team knowledge and problem solving analysis tools to determine Root Cause(s) and Corrective Action Plans. Train out the findings to the teams on all shifts as needed.
  • Work with the 2M leadership team to follow up and ensure implemented improvement actions are taking place as defined.
  • Maintain excellent communications with Operations, HR, Finance, Quality, Maintenance, RSD and Safety departments on an as needed basis.
  • Identify, participate in, and lead Rapid Improvement Projects that reduce costs and improve systems.
  • Establish and document standard work, playbooks, visual systems and auditing processes that capture and sustain improvement activities.
  • Responsible for maintaining and administering our training programs.
  • Responsible for maintaining plant capacity model as well as providing periodic analysis and modeling based on business needs.



3-5 years industry experience. 

Bachelor’s degree in Industrial, Manufacturing, Chemical or other related field.  Will consider candidates with another technical degree and  related experience.

Experience or education in Statistical Process control, root-cause analysis and or other analytical methods. 

Strong and effective communication and presentation skills. 

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 

Experience with Power BI preferred. 

Additional Information

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

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is a plant / office setting with varying degrees of temperatures and noise levels. Exposure to manufacturing equipment movement and wet / slippery floors. Travel may be required.

Jack Link’s provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic that is protected by federal, state or local law.

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