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Department Manager - Continuous Improvement


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Continuous Improvement Manager supporting a major industrial customer. This new hire will work in South Bend, Indiana. The Continuous Improvement Manager will report to the Plant Manager. 


With more than $5 billion in annual sales, the Company manufactures markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers, and food service businesses. We create differentiating flavors consumers prefer with unmatched quality, science, innovation, and service. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better


As a company recognized for its exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services. Benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays, and vacations.


  • Under the general direction of the CI Director, provide strategic leadership and coaching for the CI/TPM function within North American high performance plants/facilities. Has overall accountability for the performance of the function within a subset of the facilities and the impact on the larger operating unit.
  • Coaches and leads team managers and/or staff to achieve exceptional business results through the development of people and continuous improvement of manufacturing and supply chain processes.
  • Coaches members of facility leadership teams and ensures that CI/TPM strategies across functions are aligned to create common objectives for all departments and achieve plant/facility goals.
  • Manage and develop direct reports as required. Manages the comprehensive continuous improvement function to deliver savings and improve business results via a formal Loss Analysis program.
  • Manages cost optimization process and productivity improvement initiatives and serves as the general spokesperson for overall program results.
  • The position may include the management of teams, committees, equipment, resources, and any other necessary tools to deploy appropriate improvement activities.
  • Coach and/or lead Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) pillar work to build loss elimination capability, such as a reduction in minor stops and changeover time via Focused Improvement pillar tools like 5-Why, 7-Step FI, and SMED.
  • Coach and/or lead Autonomous Maintenance (AM) pillar activities to improve Process Reliability and improve productivity.


Minimum of 5-10 years functional/leadership experience Demonstrated significant and relevant skills and results in functional area The job requires a detailed understanding of how all areas of the plant interact to contribute to the business. Requires a general understanding of the industry. Requires basic commercial awareness as it relates to competition but only requires limited understanding of the latest developments in the industry.


Strong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide and influence others. Leadership of exempt Team Managers or equivalent to achieve common objectives. May interface with external parties as representative of the plant/facility. Strong cross-functional strategic leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Ability to translate strategy into actionable information in small or large groups in a clear, concise, and professional manner. Ability to influence upwards.


Leadership: - This job has full management responsibility for the CI team, including management of people, defining roles and responsibilities, planning for the department’s future needs and operations, counselling employees on performance and contributing to employee pay decisions/changes




McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 




United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: South Bend