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Continuous Improvement / Project Engineer


This is a Contract position in Big Flats, NY posted August 28, 2021.

Want to help us bring happiness to the world? Want to join an ambitious and fast growing global biscuits and confectionery business investing heavily in iconic global brands, infrastructure and people? Then this is the place for you.

As proud bakers and chocolatiers and custodians of iconic global brands, we don’t compromise on the quality of ingredients in our products or on the people we hire. We are looking for entrepreneurial spirits who share our passion for bringing happiness to our consumers and who embody our Winning Traits.

To succeed at pladis you need to be purpose-led , resilient and positive to succeed here because we expect pace and agility , we insist on collaboration and demand accountability. If that is your thing, then pladis offers global ambition, a clear Vision and roadmap for success, challenge, and unrivalled opportunities to learn and make an impact

Responsible for delivering measurable improvements in reliability, quality, and productivity by identifying, leading and owning results for improvement projects within the plant. Investigates / troubleshoots problems and requirements of projects & develops plans for solutions including capital projects. Coordinates with other departments on assigned tasks and secures / reviews inputs from various stakeholders and make recommendations accordingly. Accountable for leading the capital process for pNA and executing projects

Key accountabilities & deliverables:

  • Support the plant evidencing a strong understanding of the strategic direction and goals. Focus on business performance that constantly strives to eliminate waste, improve customer satisfaction, and increase market share via the use of but not limited to Lean Six Sigma tools and other continuous improvement methodologies.

  • Take control and ownership in the delivery of key projects including budget, time plan and technical solution, using eCapex system for capital projects and collaborate with Global Engineering / Investment Director.

  • Provides periodic program updates (Program Status Report – Green/Yellow/Red) of current situation relating to contractual milestones and problem/high risk areas (e.g., technical, cost, and schedule).

  • Collect and analyse manufacturing data and process improvement projects, including the development of the project pipeline and all implementation documentation.

  • Ability to determine root-causes of performance within systems and processes

  • Play a leadership role in process assessment and present assessment results to applicable business leaders for review/approval to move forward.

  • Deliver significant and quantifiable process improvement and financial benefit across the organization on assigned projects. Deliver Excellence yearly financial improvement targets.

  • Establish strong, effective and collaborative partnerships with key leaders, project managers and subject matter experts to identify continuous improvement opportunities and help to build effective solutions.

  • Design and execute improvements that align with strategic objectives, support business goals and deliver efficiency gains to reduce costs to business partners’ operations while continuing to service customers.

  • Quantifies and develops appropriate cost benefit measures for new or redesigned value-added processes.

  • Facilitate continuous improvement events and assist with training.

  • Supports sharing of best practices as result of internal and external benchmarking activities

Skills & Experience:


  • Proven Leadership skills – capability to lead change in a team environment across multiple sites

  • Very proficient in Program and Project Management methodologies, Lean Manufacturing processes and tools

  • Strong analytical skills and business acumen

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills – both verbal and written with ability to make necessary status reports and technical presentations to management

  • Ability to follow established procedures and good manufacturing processes

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

  • Ability to lead & manage in a proactive and engaged manner.

  • Exceptional ability to build sustainable relationships quickly.

  • Ability to hold people accountable


  • Experience with financial documents and analysis.

  • General manufacturing knowledge

  • Ability to read and understand financial evaluations.

  • Experience in Risk Management

  • Detailed knowledge of Six Sigma concepts

  • Thorough understanding of problem solving methodologies used in determining root cause and formulating corrective action(s) – i.e. thought maps, root cause

  • Knowledge of manufacturing principles



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field from an accredited institution required or Lean/six Sigma Green Belt Certification

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with Lean/ Continuous Improvement

  • 3-5 years of experience with engineering project management.


  • B.S. – Engineering – Industrial, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience with automation / MES systems

  • Certification in Project Management

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification

  • Hand on use of AutoCAD

  • Ability to speak Spanish or Turkish

  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.

  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.

  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.

  • Execution and Results: Focus on execution, results and the processes that are critical to the business.

Personal Attributes:

  • Credibility among Senior Leadership: Self-motivated and delivery skills that portrays a pursuit of business excellence and in addition has the ability to influence and build relationships with all levels of staff. Must be comfortable working closely with hourly team members and the plant leadership teams.

  • Communicates Effectively: Must demonstrate solid communication /public speaking skills; clearly articulate difficult subject matters while keeping them simple. Exhibits excellence in written and verbal communication as well as presentation skills.

  • Judgment: Demonstrate professional judgment, researches and integrates relevant information and data.

  • Planning and Improvement: Plan for and improve performance, develops and implements plans, practices and processes to better achieve organizational goals.

  • Execution and Results: Focus on execution, results and the processes that are the source of those results. Aligns and pursues work activities to achieve the mission and business priorities of the organization. Highly driven and capable of working in a fast-paced & innovative environment. Have the ability to utilize presentation skills and the ability to motivate and influence others in order to meet project objectives

pladis is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List. If you are a recruitment agency and wish to submit candidate to be considered for this vacancy, you must have agreed to, and signed, our terms of business.
We will not accept CVs from any other sources other than those currently on our PSL. We will not pay a fee for any candidate that has not been represented by a provider on our PSL.

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