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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Company: Keurig Dr Pepper
Location: Spartanburg
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

At Keurig Dr Pepper, the safety and well-being of our people is our top priority. This extends to our candidates, as well. While we are pausing in-person, onsite interviews at this time, we are continuing recruitment efforts in many of our departments. Please continue to apply online to our available positions and if selected to move forward in the process, we will communicate next steps for a virtual-based screen or interview.
Job Overview

The Spartanburg operation is a state of the art coffee roasting and pod packaging facility along with a full beverage distribution center. The site is the largest KDRP manufacturing and distribution location. The site operation will function on the foundational principles of TPM (Total Productive Maintenance); principles of Lean manufacturing; and the power of High Performance Teams. All associates at the Spartanburg site will have specific accountability and ownership to not only the site operations, however, to the functional business operations that they are part of. The site will run on state of the art enterprise information technology systems and manufacturing execution systems; and with highly automated processing equipment, packaging equipment, and material movement equipment; and very standardized lean processes.


The CI Engineer is responsible for the implementation of, site development of and sustained use of Total Productive Maintenance in the daily operations of the site. This position is the site champion of the Lean Manufacturing culture through the use of tools, processes and cadences to enable a continuous improvement culture in all areas of the site. This role will also lead the identification of and carry out continuous improvement projects so the site can meet financial as well as capacity objectives.

Schedule, lead and facilitate Kaizen Events and other CI continuous improvement projects to enhance operational performance using Lean Manufacturing tools when carrying out projects (root cause analysis, A3, SMED, Kaizen, DMAIC, etc.) Lead multifunctional continuous improvement project teams; coordinating project activities with the Production, Maintenance, Distribution Center, Quality Assurance, and office departments. Lead the implementation and continuous use of Lean Manufacturing processes at the site (5S, Kanban, Visual Factory, standard work, etc.) Work with the Training and Development Leader to build training content and organize training sessions for training and coaching all associates in the daily use and implementation of TPM and Lean principles Develop and put in place tools for measuring equipment/process performance and evaluating continuous improvement project results; Collect and analyze data to identify and quantify what can be improved and costs that can be optimized; Coach other plant teams on continuous improvement techniques and processes Conduct periodic audits to verify the proper functioning of established TPM and Lean Manufacturing processes Provide back up support for Operations, Maintenance and Material Handling Coaches Coach high performance teams in the use of TPM, daily management practices and team performance. Share and adapt best practices with other company manufacturing units Report food safety, quality and regulatory compliance to plant or division personnel with authority to initiate action.

Four-year college degree in engineering/manufacturing plus 3-5 years experience in continuous improvement in a manufacturing environment. TPM and/or Lean Manufacturing training/certification a plus
Excellent knowledge and use of continuous improvement tools (Lean, Six Sigma, problem solving) Advanced knowledge of computer tools Highly skilled at analyzing and solving problems, with attention to detail Great at working in teams, influencing others, and using disciplined processes to deliver results Excellent written and verbal communication skills across a broad variety of departments Must be independent, flexible, and organized Ability to positively and comfortably handle and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with self-motivation and focused attention to detail. Must be comfortable developing and conducting group presentations. Strong analytical skills and the ability to propose solutions to problems. Must be able to travel occasionally, work in a team environment, and occasionally work a flexible schedule. Ability to get along with others, be punctual, and follow instructions. Ability to follow KDP policies and procedures.
Other Necessary Functions:
Follows all policies, ergonomic standards and safety requirements directed by KDP and the department. Work with corporate continuous improvement department to ensure consistency in processes. Performs other duties as requested by leadership
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
Large amount (75%) of standing and walking on production floor, with small amounts of office work and computer work required (25% of the workday). Requires ability to travel occasionally

Company Overview

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig, Dr Pepper, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Canada Dry, Snapple, Bai, Motts and The Original Donut Shop. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you:Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has been notified of fraudulent employment offers being made, via email and otherwise, to prospective candidates. These fraudulent offers instruct prospective candidates to provide detailed personal information, and/or to pay application and processing fees.

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Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

Interested candidates are required to apply to a specific requisition on Keurig Dr Peppers Career site in order to be considered for employment. Keurig Dr Pepper is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an email to and let us know the nature of your req

Keywords: Keurig Dr Pepper, Spartanburg , Continuous Improvement Engineer, Other , Spartanburg, South Carolina

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