Continous Improvement Specialist


Gurb, B, ES, 08519

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

The Continuous Improvement Specialist drives the CI strategy linked to the Go4Zero (0 accidents, 0 defects, 0 delays,0 environmental impact) vision within a site or department. You act as a true coach towards the line management (team leaders, supervisors and department managers) creating a continuous improvement culture and system that relentlessly drives actions to get closer to ‘Go4Zero’.  You identify improvement opportunities and implement shopfloor standards resulting in a safer environment, less defects and less delays, while raising the shopfloor team’s engagement. While the line management owns the improvement strategy, you support by on-the-floor coaching and applying effective CI tools (like 5S, 5Why, Team Boards, Kata, SMED...) and by using your deep influencing skills to get everyone involved on board. You have the potential to grow into a broader CI Manager or Department Manager role.


●             Education

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Industrial). Lean or Six Sigma Green/ Black Belt is a clear advantage.


●             Experience

At least 5 years of experience of which 2 years with implementing Lean (eg. Toyota Production System principles) on a manufacturing shopfloor. Hands-on experience with coaching line management on eg. performance dialogues (short interval control, Kata), 5S, SMED, Team Boards, 5Why, 8D, Lean Cells. Experience in driving initiatives without direct authority / line management responsibility.


●             Knowledge or specific business understanding

To be successful, you will likely be a real ‘people’ person who can influence and motivate stakeholders from operator up to Department Manager to adopt the necessary behaviors and routines in their day-to-day life, and thereby creating a true culture change. You truly infect people through your drive and enthusiasm.

You have the ability to easily switch between a department level ‘business’ view and the smallest shopfloor detail.

You will likely be great at listening, problem solving and self-reflection.

You need to have great presentation skills, able to communicate your thoughts in a crisp, structured way, and feel confident in front of a large audience.

You have experience with common office software like MS Powerpoint, Excel and Word. You can create Excel spreadsheets (eg. pivot tables). 


●             Language

Local site language – native

English – advanced (speaking, reading & writing)

Any other language will be an asset




Job Requirements:

●             Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Chemical) with at least 5 years relevant design and project management experience.

●             Intermediate level skills with Microsoft Office and Project software and Windows Operating System, AutoCAD and similar design software.

●             Ability to work with minimal supervision, and oversee the work of contractors and 3rd party engineering providers.

●             Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.

●             Ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines.

●             Attention to detail.

●             Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.




Low (10%)  mainly  for training purposes and benchmarking with other BC sites.

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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