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Plant Senior Continuous Improvement Manager


The French's Food Company, a subsidiary of McCormick & Company, Inc. and a global leader in flavor is seeking a full-time Packaging Department Manager for the plant located in Springfield, MO.  With more than $500 million in annual sales, our company has been crafting trusted foods using simple ingredients of the highest quality. From French's Classic Yellow Mustard, long America's top-selling mustard, to its most recent innovations, such as French's Ketchup, the company has a history rich with delicious creations made from what today would be considered “clean, simple ingredients.” To learn more please visit us at

Position Overview

This position is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and functional expertise to the Springfield 500+ employees on implementing a world class Continuous Improvement Program. This position will be responsible for development, deployment, and coaching of leaders on various TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) systems across the Plant, DC and Americas region. This position will be responsible for leading and developing the Springfield CI Department including Performance Manager, Training & Development Manager and team, and Process Engineering team.  This position will lead the strategic improvement planning for the site including long term strategies for capacity and cost.



Key Responsibilities

  • Active on Plant Leadership Team on Functional, Cost, and Stakeholder projects.
  • Create and execute Springfield Journey to Excellence (JTE, McCormick term for Continuous Improvement) strategic Masterplan.
    • Lead and support Springfield and other Americas site assessments, audits and coaching
    • Deliver >$5MM in annual continuous improvement savings
    • Connect Springfield leaders and 500+ organization to Continuous Improvement methodology and progress.
    • Ensure the Continuous Improvement digitization is deployed and executed at Springfield per the Americas Continuous Improvement master plan.
    • Lead Springfield Continuous Improvement steering team
  • As a system owner, develop and deploy standards and training materials for various TPM Systems (DDS, Loss Analysis, etc) across the Springfield site and Americas region
    • Provide coaching (physically and virtually) to Springfield and Americas TPM/CI Managers
    • Participate, as senior leader, on Americas JTE Leader Team, providing general input on TPM implementation and leading standards development and implementation for systems owned
    • Support audits and assessments (TPM, HPO, etc) across Springfield Plant and DC and Americas region
  • Coaching for Springfield Training Manager
    • Lead development and continuous improvement of Tech Progression System
    • As sponsor for tech progression system, ensure sufficiency of Springfield tech progression plans to deliver tech qualification
  • Responsible for Springfield Performance KPIs (Productivity/Cost and Process Reliability)
    • Lead maturation of Reliability and Productivity strategic masterplans
    • Coach/Develop Performance Manager to deliver data analytics and insight
    • Coordinate and provide coaching at routine Performance reviews
  • Lead Springfield Continuous Improvement Team
    • Coach and develop 5-8 entry level Process Engineers, Performance Manager and Training & Development Team
    • Manage $500k team budget


Required Qualifications

  • BS in Manufacturing/Engineering
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of relevant experience and progressing leadership roles within Supply Chain and Manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive results using analytical decision making, building strong relationships, and direction setting.
  • Ability to collaborate across different groups. Ability to connect functional and business objectives to Continuous Improvement.
  • Able to merge business questions/needs with available data to provide data-driven insights Strong understanding of business drivers and levers (capacity & cost)
  • Provides coaching on leading a culture change and to build people capability to eliminate losses.
  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills, from plant technicians through plant/regional leaders
  • Ability to lead and coach/develop others in setting direction, strategy and executing problem-solving.
  • Communication to Plant and Regional leaders on JTE and JTE systems progress. Single point of contact for JTE at Springfield and for select Americas TPM systems
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience using Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) methodologies.
  • Past experience of working in a High Performance Organization
  • Ability to work with consultants and with different functions

French's 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.

French's does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.  You must be lawfully authorized to commence work upon being offered employment.


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: Springfield