Focused Improvement Manager

at Shearer's Foods
Location Massillon, OH
Date Posted January 30, 2022
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


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Shearer’s is a privately held producer, leading co-manufacturer and distributor of quality snack foods sold under the Shearer’s brand, and other private labels. Ranking number one in private brand and contract manufactured salty snacks, as well as the number two supplier of private brand cookies and crackers in North America, you love our products, although you may not be familiar with our name!  We utilize our manufacturing expertise to serve as a strategic supplier to our partners, who are nationally recognized retail and restaurant brands. With exceptional competence in product development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution, we continue to embrace significant growth in each segment of our business. Headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, we have over 5,000 associates in 12 state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution sites in North America. You can visit our website at .

At Shearer’s, we provide the safest environment possible for our employees by providing proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), frequent and thorough sanitation practices, social distancing, daily temperature checks, as well as virtual interviewing options.  Safety is our absolute priority.


Focused Improvement Manager

Position located at our Millennium Plant in Massillon, OH

This position is responsible for leading Lean Manufacturing / Continuous Improvement initiatives at the facility level, providing direction, support, and execution at the site. The overall objective is to drive continuous improvement in Shearer’s manufacturing system using company systems in conjunction with industry Best Practices.

 Your seat at the table

  • Function as a key member of the site leadership team.
  • Work with facility operations leaders to drive Lean / CI initiatives.
  • Be a leader with regard to communication and establishment of a culture of CI.
  • Provide analysis of current state and recommendations for improvements.
  • Maintain and communicate metrics which record successes and track progress.
  • Lead capital improvement and other engineering initiatives associated with continuous improvement.
  • Develop and implement associate engagement techniques such as Kaizen, FIT, Safety Committee, Green Team, 5S, and other similar programs or teams, harness the intellectual energy of ALL associates to drive continuous improvement.
  • Work with corporate resources, consultants and other third parties to drive Lean / CI initiatives.
  • As a result of the above activities and processes, execute programs that result in measurable increases in performance.

 What you bring to the table

  • Five to ten years of manufacturing leadership experience as a production manager, supervisor, or similar role, in a consumer product manufacturing facility.
  • Significant experience with continuous improvement tools such as kaizen, 5S, six sigma, and other such associate engagement and process improvement techniques.
  • Four year degree in engineering, operations management, or similar field.
  • Applicable academic and / or professional experience in food science, engineering, or general business.
  • Great analytical skills and ability to understand complex manufacturing systems.
  • Proven leadership experience and ability to lead cross functional teams through influence, not just in direct reporting relationships.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule as needed to support a 24 / 7 operation.

 We Offer a Feast of Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending Account, Retirement Savings Plan with Match, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Tuition Assistance, Adoption Assistance, Scholarships, Leadership Training, Group Critical Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, Employee Assistance Plan and numerous opportunities to volunteer in the communities in which we operate.

You will be considered for employment in our inclusive workplace

Because at Shearer’s, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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