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Line Performance Engineer WCM

Job ID: R-14930 Category: Supply Chain Location: Rexdale-Kipling, Ontario Date posted: 05/19/2021
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Background & Purpose of the Job

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

Working directly with the line crews on a daily basis and also acts as the technical trainer for line teams and provides coaching in phenomena identification, root cause analysis and the establishment of counter-measures.

The Line Performance/Process Engineer is responsible for the validation of all process improvements and the establishment of revised basic conditions on the line.  A core deliverable is to eliminate losses and wastes and increase the stability of the line to support the transition of traditional line teams to semi-autonomous teams.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

  • Consumer & Customer Focus.  Building world class factories will eliminate losses and ensure that we do not pass on the cost of inefficiencies to our customers and consumers. 

  • Bias for Action.  By providing consistent and near real time information, decisions can be taken quickly which leverage our resources.

  • Building Talent & Teams.  Our vision is to move to semi-autonomous teams and we require process engineer’s with a passion for achieving results through great teamwork, an ability to teach new tools and methodologies and ensuring that you and your colleagues are fully aligned, and drawing on one another’s strengths.

  • Accountability & Responsibility.  Taking responsibility for building your team’s performance and sharing your best interventions to help support other lines’ in their improvements.

  • Growth Mindset.  By building world class factories we will become more competitive in the market place and set the standards to which others aspire.

  • WCM.   Apply the full set of WCM methods and tools to identify root causes, define countermeasures and validate their effectiveness; mastery of AM, PM, Q and FI tools and processes.  Establish standards to support line operators sustain new basic conditions.

  • Process and Organisational Design.  Leverage technical knowledge and a systems approach to ensure factory lines and processes are optimally resourced (e.g. manpower ratios are efficient and sustainable).

  • Analytical capability.  Collect and analyse complex data to penetrate problems’ phenomena and understand root causes.

Key Deliverables:

  • Eliminate Waste and Loss according to the WCM prioritization process using AM, PM, FI and QC pillar tools and methodologies.

  • Create Technical Standards to ensure process stability on the line.

  • Train line crews on technical standards and restoration of basic conditions (Stability sustainability).

  • Identify and extend good practice to other lines.

  • Application and accuracy of MMP Code data.

What You’ll Need To Succeed


  • Benefit/Cost Ratio (a. For projects led b. Measured against salary).

  • Level of Savings (by saving type/category).

  • Productivity (Man-hour/ton-FTE/ton).

  • Length of changeover.

  • Number of minor stops.

  • Total Recordable Frequency Rate (TRFR).

  • Quality D Incident.

  • Waste Reduction.

  • Able to visualize clearly what the ideal production system is.

  • Able to clearly understand operating principles and establish correct operating standards.

  • Able to present findings and rationales clearly so that whole factory team can understand.

  • Able to make logical decisions based on data.

  • Possess challenging and pioneering spirit.


          Post Graduate level education; Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical Engineering.


        There are 2 routes available for this role:

  • Direct Entry role for post graduates engineers.  Must demonstrate a flair for improvement engineering and coaching.

  • Developmental role for technicians and First Line Managers (formally Supervisors).  Must demonstrate a strong technical knowledge across all the site’s processes and lines.  Must possess strong engineering leadership credentials with a proven ability to eliminate loss and waste on significant projects (normally above €1m).


  • Experience in statistics and process control tools.

  • Experience in AM, PM, Quality and FI tools and processes

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


Unilever Canada 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, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics, and a conviction for which a pardon has been granted.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at Please note: These lines are reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and are not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

Unilever Canada est une organisation engagé à la diversité et à l'inclusion pour stimuler nos résultats d'affaires et créer un meilleur avenir chaque jour pour nos employés, les consommateurs globaux, les partenaires et les communautés. Nous croyons qu'un effectif diversifiée nous permet de faire correspondre nos ambitions de croissance et de stimuler l'inclusion dans l'entreprise. Tous les candidats qualifiés recevront la considération pour un emploi sans égard à la race, la couleur, la religion, le sexe, l'orientation sexuelle, l'identité ou l'expression de genre, l'âge, l'origine nationale ou ethnique, l'état matrimonial, la situation familiale, l'invalidité, les caractéristiques génétique, et une condamnation pour laquelle un pardon a été accordée.

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