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Focused Improvement Engineer

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Supply Chain
Covington, TN
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Who You Are & What You’ll Do

TheFocused ImprovementEngineer is critical to achieving World Class performance, which means zero defects, zero waste and zero losses. She/he will apply extensively the full range of Focused Improvement methods and tools to counter losses identified in the areas of Safety, Quality, Cost Deployment,Manufacturing,Customer Service and Logistics. The Cost Deployment pillar will be populated with data built up through application of the Managing Manufacturing Performance (MMP) Code, which is key to ensuring focus on key losses. 

As the Process Engineer, you will play a key role in delivering the factory results through the Focused Improvement methodology. Working directly with Production team members, site Technical Engineering, and allWCMPillars to act as the technical advisor and trainer providing coaching in phenomena identification, root cause analysis and the establishment of countermeasures.

TheFocused ImprovementEngineeris responsible for the validation of allmanufacturingimprovements and the establishment of revised basic conditions on the line. A core deliverable is to eliminate losses and waste and increase the stability and capability of the line.

You will achieve this by mastering and becoming subject matter expert in the theoretical engineering knowledge, specific category technology knowledge like mixing, freezing, dosing, enrobing and packing, and WCM methodology through study and practical application, coaching the factory teams as they progress through the program, and driving change. 

You will leverage your training and technical knowledge to eliminate losses, waste, and increase the production output across multiple work centers or production lines. You will be guided on loss prioritization and elimination by working closely with Cost Deployment, Quality, and Safety Pillar leads. You will also play a key role in moving away from the reactive approach to losses towards a proactive approach.

Your line manager will be the Manufacturing Excellence Manager for the site who reports to the Factory Director.

Key Attributes toSuccess

  • You’re a changemaker: You will apply the full set of WCM methods and tools to identify root causes, define countermeasures, and validate their effectiveness.

  • You’re an analytical thinker: You will collect and analyze complex data and learn continuously to penetrate problems’ phenomena and understand root causes.

  • You love towin andhave fun doing it: You will find creative ways to leverage factory talent, train employees on WCM concepts, and lead FI projects. You will be able to apply digital enhancements to processes and workstreams to source data or drive change.

  • You’re a culture & change champion: As we progress towards World Class performance our people need to take more decisions and lead improvement activity. You will be key in setting the road map to achieve this goal and drive the culture change through everyday actions.

What You’ll NeedtoSucceed

  • BA/BS degree in Engineering, preferably Mechanical, Food, Chemical, Industrial, or Mechatronic Engineering with 2+ years of relevant experience

  • Must demonstrate a flair for improvement engineering, digital enhancements, and technical knowledge with a passion for learning.

  • Attention to detail, bias for action, accountability, written and verbal communication skills, data collection and analysis, problem solving, decision-making, teamwork, and judgement.

  • Related experience in FI and kaizen activity or continuous improvement program (WCM, TPM, 6-sigma, Lean, etc) implementation in manufacturing environmenta plus.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in a 24/7 factory environment, donning all necessary Personal ProtectiveEquipment.  Essential functions include, but not limited towalking,sitting, standing, climbing stairs, and exposure to varying weather conditions.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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