Continuous Improvement Manager OSCO EMEA Specialties, Decorations & Beverages


Lebbeke-Wieze, VOV, BE, 9280

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 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 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!

About the role

The Specialties, Decorations & Beverages business is a growth market for Barry Callebaut. To support its performance you shape the Triple Zero (‘0 accidents, 0 defects, 0 delays’) strategy and drive the execution across all 10 manufacturing sites in EMEA. You specifically focus on improving safety, product quality, delivery and material waste. With your vast experience in continuous improvement methodologies, broad business acumen and your great people networking & development skills, you raise the competency level of the local Continuous Improvement Managers  & Specialists as well as the line management, from operator level to the plant management team, in embedding a true ‘Triple Zero’ culture and management system in each site.   


Key responsibilities include

  • Reduce safety risks across the sites (eg. slips, trips & falls) across all sites in scope.
  • Reduce product quality risks (eg. foreign bodies) across all sites in scope
  • Improve delivery performance (eg. production lead times) across all sites in scope
  • Reduce material waste and cost (eg. production line waste, scrap, rework) across all sites in scope
  • Embed a robust ‘Triple Zero’ performance management system in each site (team boards & routines from operator level to sr management)
  • Improve the competency levels of local CI Managers and Specialists on typical CI toolbox knowledge (eg. 5S, RCA, Kanban, VSM, Lean Cells, Kata, Team Boards ….) and soft skills (influencing, coaching, storytelling, presenting,..) across all sites in scope
  • Create and maintain a CI community across all sites which shares good practices and celebrates ‘Triple Zero’ successes
  • 50-70% travel across Europe
  • Significant on-site presence in the 10 manufacturing sites is key for success


About you

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Industrial).
  • Lean or Six Sigma Black Belt certified
  • An additional degree in Business Administration is an advantage.
  • At least 10 years of experience of which 7 years with implementing Lean principles on a manufacturing shop floor
  • Has lead several plant-wide initiatives all the way from creating the high-level business strategy down to the actual execution on the shop floor, with proven tangible business impact on safety/quality/service/cost and people development.
  • Hands-on experience with coaching operators and shop floor team leaders/supervisors on Lean tools & techniques
  • Experience in driving multi-site initiatives in a matrix organization is a clear advantage.
  • English: native or advanced speaker
  • Minimum 1 other language which  is spoken in the sites (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish/Catalan, Swedish)
  • Vast knowledge of Lean tools & principles: eg. 5S, Short Interval Control, Team Boards, Root Cause Problem Solving methods, Kata, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, Lean Cells, Kanban systems, Line balancing, Hoshin Kanri, World Class Manufacturing, TPM,… )
  • Financial acumen (understanding P&L, Balance Sheet)
  • User experience with ERP systems (eg SAP)
  • Advanced user experience on MS Excel and Powerpoint 

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

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