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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Company: Ingredion
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

POSITION: Continuous Improvement Engineer

LOCATION: Indianapolis

REPORTS TO: Continuous Improvement Manager

Company Background:

Ingredion is a Fortune 500 provider of ingredient solutions that helps nourish, comfort, sustain, and delight people around the world. Ingredion's wide range of ingredient solutions is strategically designed to address changing consumer trends and preferences. Our specialty portfolio includes starch-based texturizers, clean and simple ingredients, plant-based proteins, sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners, and food systems. Our innovative ingredient solutions are used by consumers in everyday products, from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. And we do it all in a planet-friendly sustainable manner.

We bring the potential of people, nature, and technology together to make life better.

That's our purpose. We are all IN to make life better!

Every day, Ingredion employees bring their skills, creativity, and passion together to deliver ingredient solutions that enhance people's lives. We are innovators who combine the power of technology with the best of nature to delight our customers and consumers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in ethics, safety, quality, and sustainability. Unlocking the potential of people, nature, and technology to make life better is what drives us in every aspect of our business.

If you are interested in making life better, we are all IN to learn more about you! A bit about what you can expect from the employee experience at Ingredion:

The chance to make a difference

No matter where you work in the company, you'll have an opportunity to make life better... for our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world.

Passionate people, motivated to excel

Our highly talented people have a passion for learning and achievement and are driven by our inspiring purpose to make life better and our core values: Care First, Be Preferred, Everyone Belongs, Innovate Boldly, and Owner's Mindset.

A warm, welcoming environment

At Ingredion, everyone belongs! We embrace diversity and foster an inclusive work environment where individuals feel supported and enabled to contribute their very best every day.

A place where you can grow personally and professionally

We believe everyone has great potential, and we strive to nurture that potential into great personal and professional achievements.

An environment that enables innovation and collaboration

We are creating the conditions that inspire and enable innovation - in our products and services, as well as in how we do our work day-to-day.

The Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for Leading the continuous improvement process, providing technical support including process studies, problem solving, and process optimization. Lead the implementation, sustainability, and improvements of the Ingredion Performance System (IPS) at the unit level.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of the CI/IPS management system and other CI/IPS related activities, while assuring the sustainability of Management System tools, like routine dashboards, OEE measurement, and others routine indicators.
  • Deliver Management System training that includes concepts, tools, and deliverables, to achieve awareness and facilitate CI/IPS adoption and cultural change.
  • Help establish baseline of main KPI's and support the unit leadership team during the target setting according to regional, financial, and functional goals.
  • Maintain an improvement plan / project portfolio (Safety, Quality, Service, Cost Reduction, etc.) through gap analysis to recommend implement process improvements to drive unit target achievement and organizational effectiveness.
  • Support diverse cost reduction, productivity enhancement and Safety/Quality improvement targets for the plant (PDCA, LSS, Kaizen, etc.).
  • Act as a liaison between manufacturing plant and production technology (IT) team
  • Support the plant team to achieve their Sustainability goals using CI tools
  • Participate in regional, and local Manufacturing Excellence and CI team regional meetings to identify new practices for the plant success.
  • Evaluate new technologies and ideas and seek approval for new concepts to improve the efficiency and the capability of the process, the safety of the facility, and improve product quality.
  • Help drive implementation of digital OEE system and reporting for the unit
  • Facilitate Kaizen events, Ideation workshops, RCA studies and other CI activities that support plant performance enhancement.
  • Leverage analytical and problem-solving skills to support plant management on the identification of key success drivers and execution of improvement objectives.
  • Lead/act like change agent to achieve continuous improvement and performance focused culture, though collaboration with all business and functional units in the region to ensure alignment of improvement initiative.
  • Work collaboratively with the Plant leaders to multiply knowledge in CI methodologies and act as changing agent of the culture.
  • Support employee training in the proper application of Continuous Improvement and IPS concepts.
  • Coach and mentor plant teams/ individuals to ensure successful completion of IPS implementation and CI activities
  • Support preparation of skill matrix deployment as part of Management System - People Qualified candidates will have:

    Mandatory requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, or Manufacturing engineering
    • Experience in Process/Industrial Engineering
    • Trained in Lean Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing Practices and SPC. Green Belt/Black Belt certification desired
    • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering and unit operations relevant to the corn wet milling industry, such as basic chemistry, heat and mass balances, mechanics and physical/chemical separation and energy management.
    • Strong knowledge of digital systems including OEE, integrated action tracking, and KPI reporting.
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft tools such as PowerApps, PowerBI, and Power Automate preferred Desirable requirements:
      • Experience working in and supporting lean management systems
      • Green Belt certification desired but not required
      • Prefer 1-3 years of continuous improvement experience
      • Experience implementing OEE, electronic paperwork, or other digital process improvement solutions Required behaviors and skills:
        • Demonstrated self-starter with strong leadership skills and a high degree of integrity.
        • Utilization of data and facts to articulate the need for change and build commitment from others.
        • Organization, prioritization, and decision making.
        • Communicate effectively.
        • Ethics and corporate values.
        • Result-driven with urgency.
        • Deliver our strategy.
        • Proactive, innovative, and strong will to succeed.
        • High discipline in routine execution.

          We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, military status, or disability status.

          Ingredion provides accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If a job applicant requires an accommodation during the application process or through the selection process, we will work with the applicant to meet the job applicant's accommodation needs.




          We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, military status, or disability status.

          Relocation Available:
          Yes, Within Region

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