Kerry Continuous Improvement Specialist in Fredericksburg, Iowa

Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!

Leading to better, together.

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage. Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action

  • Empowering our people

  • Promoting diverse thinking

  • Investing in innovation

  • Acting on sustainability

  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

The Continuous Improvement Specialist is an integral part of the Site Senior team located at our Fredericksburg, IA facility to improve factory performance through the facilitation of the CI toolkit and Standardization applied to prioritized problems while developing other team members involved in the process.

  • Building the Business: Collaborate with site teams to improve performance against identified site and global KPI’s.

  • Continuous Improvement: Utilization of the foundational toolkit to include A3 Practical Problem Solving/ Root Cause Analysis tool as a means to address the root cause of priority problems across the Site.

  • Develop Standard Work application and confirmation to ensure that improvements are standardized and sustained as an example.

  • Facilitation: Act as a facilitator for the education of all team members in the principles and tools of CI, to provide them the opportunity to continually improve the standards set forth in the Learning & Development LMS modules/ materials developed centrally.

  • Standardization: Drive the standardization of all structures, work, training, procedures & records in line with the Kerry CI Program.

  • Data Capture: Obtain key data relating to identified opportunities and relating this to the Site Excel Savings Plan. Know the source of all data generation on site and be able to tap into any data stream quickly. Ensure all data is accurate.

  • Team Interaction: Work with all relevant teams directly on identifying opportunities within the business. Remove barriers to progress with the site senior management team.

  • Project Management: Ensure all key projects are in place to deliver in optimal time and raise awareness if resources are limited.

  • Process Knowledge: Develop in-depth knowledge of all processes onsite both floor and office based.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college required. Discipline in Operations or Engineering preferred but not required.

  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience within production and operations

  • Demonstrated success in developing/implementing continuous improvement initiatives and accountability programs

  • Proven ability to drive process improvements, adhere to budgets, and maintain regulatory compliance

  • Proven ability to lead with the following key competencies: Critical Thinking, Continuous Cost Focus, Technical Expertise, Influence and Delivery of Sustainable Results

  • Ability to pick up complex processes quickly

  • Six Sigma and/or Lean Manufacturing certifications preferred but not required

Requisition ID 2018-13180

Division Kerry

Position Type Full Time

Recruiter AR1

Posting Type LI

Posting Type CB