Mondelēz International
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Continuous Improvement Specialist

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Job Description
Are You Ready to Make It Happen at Mondelēz International?
Join our Mission to Lead the Future of Snacking. Make It Uniquely Yours.
This role is part of HPO strategy in North America and will be a key element for the cultural transformation and capability step up at the Chicago bakery. You will be responsible for supporting teams on deploying AM and PM tools across the bakery, tracking results, managing action plans and providing dashboards and analysis for business decisions. You will also contribute with employee's skills improvement on HPO concepts and tools. Lastly, you will be a role model for High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) across the bakery, leading by example and making an impact to move the culture forward.
How you will contribute
You will:

  • Track execution and compliance against HPO work processes, create KAI and KPIs to monitor progress.
  • Generate reports and dashboards for clear visibility of results. If results are off track, be part of the team to assess results and propose actions.
  • Provide training on AM/PM tools and techniques to help drive teams through HPO activities (DMS, SGA, 5S, CIL, etc.). You will also coach employees to help them achieve their targets
  • Actively Participate in pillar meetings and contribute to pillar actions plans and connections with the shop floor.
  • Partner with operations and maintenance (shift lead, AM line lead, PM lead) to implement AM and PM work processes across the bakery.
  • Identify process improvement needs with department leads, facilitate sessions, and support execution of newly established improvements.
  • Benchmark externally, ensuring where relevant that best practices and new tools are deployed in collaboration with internal partners.
  • Identifying problems proactively and creating and implementing solutions.
  • Partner with other areas to propose, develop a business case, and implement digital tools and processes to simplify and eliminate non-value-added activities.

What you will bring
A desire to drive your future and accelerate your career and the following experience and knowledge:

  • Experience implementing CI processes (e.g. TPM for manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma in the consumer goods industry)
  • Strong facilitation and communication skills
  • Experience in change management processes
  • Logical thinking and capacity to influence
  • Results-oriented and prepared to deal with ambiguity
  • Working in teams and independently with appropriate guidance
  • Prioritizing and managing activities
  • Applying fundamental technical understanding to interpret and analyze data and to reach clear conclusions
  • Communicating technical information effectively verbally and in writing
  • Technical curiosity, continuous learner and a drive to ensure technical rigor
  • Prioritizing and managing activities
  • Communicating technical information effectively verbally and in writing


  • Minimum 3 years' experience leading Lean Manufacturing, TPM, HPWS tools/processes.
  • Practical experience with continuous improvement methodologies (basics of TPM, VSM, Makigami, Lean Manufacturing or similar)
  • Bachelor's degree concentration in Operations Management, Supply Chain or related field
  • Experience with change management; High Performance Working Systems is a plus
  • Good working knowledge of supply chain / manufacturing (food production preferred but not required)
  • Solid knowledge of the at least 3 pillars, one of which must be AM.
  • Solid knowledge of Focused Improvement / Analytical Skills (RCA / BB)
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Results driven
  • Green Belt strongly preferred

Other details:

  • This position is on-site in our Chicago Plant (7300 S Kedzie Avenue, Chicago IL 60629)

No Relocation support available
Business Unit Summary
The United States is the largest market in the Mondelēz International family with a significant employee and manufacturing footprint. Here, weproduce our well-loved household favorites to provide our consumers with the right snack, at the right moment, made the right way. We have corporate offices, sales, manufacturing and distribution locations throughout the U.S. to ensure our iconic brands-including Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, Ritz , Wheat Thins and Triscuit crackers, and Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids confectionery products -are close at hand for our consumers across the country.
Mondelēz Global LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require accommodation to participate in the job application process may contact 847-943-5460 for assistance.
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Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
In-person all-hands meetings
Summer hours
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
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Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
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401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Family medical leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Promote from within
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Online course subscriptions available
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