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Primal Pet Foods, Inc. Continuous Improvement Analyst in Fairfield, California

Company Overview

The Primal Pet Group includes manufacturers of fully prepared, human-grade raw foods, treats, and supplements for dogs and cats. The Primal Pet Group was founded with the goal of improving the quality of life and overall health and happiness of pets through wholesome raw foods that mimic the diet of animals in the wild. We are looking for reliable, motivated, pet companions to join our fast-paced, growing Primal Pet Team!

Come see what Primal's all about!

We're Essential!

Since the onset of this unfortunate pandemic, Primal remains open as an essential business and continues to produce quality pet food products for cats and dogs nationwide. As we continue to grow as a company, we want to invite you into our family of dedicated employees that are making a difference in the well-being of pets. Primal offers consistent and dependable hours to hard-working employees committed to delivering the premium quality our brand is built on.

Job Summary

Support strategic direction by providing Continuous Improvement Leadership to the Operations Team. Responsible for continuous improvement of all products and processes ensuring that product quality, employee safety, and food safety standards, as well as regulatory requirements, are all met or exceeded. The Plant Production Excellence Manager is responsible for developing both short and long-term improvement strategies for the organization by incorporating Six Sigma, Lean, and CI Methodologies to improve overall plant performance. Initially, this role will focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and People in the Production area. However, the role will expand to include and support all facets of Operations including Quality, Supply Chain, Maintenance, etc.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assist with preparing operating and budget reports while controlling costs to achieve company budget goals

  • Assist with building a Safety-First culture and develops a highly motivated workforce; Identify and eliminate potential sources of food safety risk. In partnership with EHS, is responsible for delivering site environmental, health, & safety performance; works to exceed expectations for all internal & external audits. Ensures all legal compliance requirements, company safety procedures, and local and state health and safety regulations are met.

  • Assist with the hiring and training of new employees; serves as a positive role model of emotional intelligence and servant leadership. Drives positive employee relations and delivers sustainable results.

  • Create continuous improvements program in key areas and objectives for: Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and People. Improves upon the capabilities of all plant personnel.

  • Conduct gap analysis to understand downtime data, problems with schedule adherence, etc. then implement a plan to close the gap.

  • Conduct Value stream mapping including current state and future state.

  • Conduct time studies and implement KPI;s, benchmarks, and standardized work, centerline processes

  • Continuously improves site processes and technologies and oversees improvement plans and programs; stays current in new technological developments. Assists with the development and execution of site capital plan, addressing both short-term and long-term opportunities.

  • Champions continuous improvement efforts; implements and sustains manufacturing best practices/procedures and meets/exceeds relevant certifications/qualifications/requirements (for example, OSHA, GMP, HACCP, FSSC, and FDA).

  • Develops a Problem Solving Culture that quickly identifies problems and coordinates real-time Root Cause Corrective Action plans.

  • Analyze production metrics and data to determine areas to improve and prepare, analyze and issue production and performance reports

  • Develop strategies to increase productivity and production by implementing Lean & TPM across all site areas and elevate site performance; must also develop, deploy, & sustain Leader Standard Work, to ensure the continued success of these efforts.

  • Oversees employee productivity, implements and supports GMPs, including the proper use of equipment materials, minimizes turnover, and ensures a reliable and agile labor force.

  • Develop and execute training plans, documentation, and SOPS necessary to build a flexible workforce, achieve cost savings, and ensure that maximum efficiency.

  • Checking e-mail and corresponding with staff in a timely manner.

  • Create a positive work environment that rewards superior performance. Reports and documents violations of policies.

  • Other duties as assigned

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This job has indirect supervision over all operations personnel to ensure the success of CI initiatives.

    Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or management, business, or related field preferred; Master’s in business administration or management a plus

  • 5+ years’ experience at a management level in a food manufacturing environment.

  • Strong leadership skills, with an ability to build trust, provide direction, and vitality to execute with excellence and achieve extraordinary results.

  • Ability to prioritize and follow through to achieve results and meet deadlines to meet the needs of the business.

  • Thrives in a challenging, entrepreneurial atmosphere; is open to change, creates change, and embraces continuous improvement.

  • Must have a good practical knowledge of FDA, GMPs, HACCP, OSHA, etc., as it relates to food manufacturing plants.

  • Exceptionally strong communication skills, both oral and written, and strong managerial skills including good judgment, planning, organizing, innovative approach to problem-solving, motivate employees.

  • Ability to add and subtract numbers and multiply and divide and understand percentages. Ability to perform these operations using units of weight measurement and quantity measurements.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving concrete variables in standardized situations.

  • Lean Six Sigma, PMP, TPM, or other relevant certifications preferred

We offer great benefits and perks

Paid vacation and sick hours

Paid company holidays, 7 per year

Low-cost medical insurance

Competitive dental, vision, and supplemental insurance. Plus, discounted pet insurance!

401k with company match up to 4%

Free Primal products for your pet

Career growth opportunities, training, and much more!

Primal Pet Group is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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