Continuous Improvement Manager at Peapod Digital Labs

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The Continuous Improvment Manager role is responsible for managing and executing the CI Simplicity Savings Roadmap, ultimately designed to achieve targeted cost savings (3-4% OpEx reduction) and significant productivity improvements (10-20% year over year). The CI team uses a proven Lean Six Sigma fact-based analysis inclusive of financial support to quantified targets traced to the P&L with robust simplicity tracking and monitoring. The Continuous Improvement Team brings formal Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certifications while utilizing proven Lean Six Sigma methodologies (e.g. DMAIC) and tools that define clear approaches of identifying non-value-added work.


What’s our Dish - About Us   

Announced in May 2018, Peapod Digital Labs is an Ahold Delhaize USA company that will serve as the engine that powers U.S. ecommerce and digital strategies. Peapod Digital Labs will accelerate growth in digital and personalization capabilities for the great local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA and will serve as the innovation lab for the U.S. portfolio of companies, driving digital and eCommerce innovation, technology and experience to meet the changing needs of customers of Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands, regardless of when, where and how consumers choose to shop. Peapod continues to be a consumer-facing eCommerce brand, and is part of Peapod Digital Labs, focused on growing Peapod sales to consumers. 


Recipe for Success - What's “in store” for the role  

  • Accountable to deliver on budgeted OpEx savings each year working directly with Operations Leadership.
  • Apply Lean Six Sigma Methodology through Certified Technicians: Definition, Measurement, Analysis, Implementation and Control (DMAIC).
  • Capable of independently facilitating scope definition and project objectives.
  • Create a measurement plan using standard LSS tools.
  • Build a detailed implementation plan, including any pilot/tests, go/no-go decisions
  • Manage and execute the overall Peapod Simplicity roadmap, working with local facility leads (e.g. develop a working que and quantify benefits).
  • Utilize Operational dashboards and score cards to identify opportunities; includes reporting available through SCI and P3.
  • Support large cross functional development efforts (e.g. HSC, Tote, etc..) from design through industrialization.
  • Conduct detailed analysis of Macro and Micro KPIs across operations to gain consensus on strategic operating solutions that improve service results.
  • Tier 1 (Macro): Net Promoter Score (NPS), CET, 100% Complete Orders, team Completeness, Driver Timeliness (On time or early), No Complaints % of orders- Wrong / Missing, No Complaints % of orders - Poor Quality / Damaged
  • Micro: Driver Timeliness (Late Departs, Routes Ready, Stop Time, Miles Per Order (MPO), Late Severity, Late Communication Index); Complaints - Wrong / Missing: QA Wrong Item %, QA Missing Item %, % Wrong or Missing by Picker %, Wrong or Missing by Driver, Wrong Item Reported (S100)%, Missing Item Reported (S101)%, Service Credit $ Per Order; Complaints
  • Poor Quality/Damaged: Poor product quality, Damaged product or packaging, Out of date / expired - Conduct analysis of current performance baselines with desired targets and goals. Develop solutions and recommendations; gain agreement to implement changes and monitor project results in concert with the business lead to ensure results are achieved.
  • Develop central repository of standard processes as baseline for current operational processes.
  • Provide inputs to Training and SOPs in support of HR Training efforts; including input for ELM development.


The Essentials In Your Cart - The required ingredients 

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Industrial Engineering preferred
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Highly motivated, independent thinker
  • Systems oriented; Understanding of database applications
  • Strong financial, quantitative and analytical abilities
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Solid understanding of supply chain networks
  • 25-35% travel


Extra Spices - What you should bring to the table  

  • Operations, Supply Chain Consulting and/or Process Development (preferred)
  • Managerial Influence
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and Access; Minitab
  • Executive presentation building capabilities - Executive Presentation skills
  • Customer focus
  • Strong Supervisory /leadership skills
  • Initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Negotiation skills
  • Strategic planning


Join Us at Our Table - PDL Life 

Peapod Digital Labs is forward thinking company with a strong heritage and recognizes who powers our progress – our people! We offer a great variety of benefits and perks to our employees that includes great choice of health care options, including PPO and HSA plans (with company contributions), dental, vision flexible spending accounts, a 401k with strong company match and immediate vesting, generous and flexible paid time off, and great employee discount on your groceries. Oh yeah, and snacks & drinks of course! 


We are an equal opportunity employer. We comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, marital status (including civil unions), military service, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, legally recognized disability, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • AzureLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Vue.JSFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics


Right next to Union Station, we are easy to get to and surrounded by food in Downtown and the West Loop.

What are Peapod Digital Labs Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Building a cutting edge eCommmerce center of excellence means our teams need to focus on their work challenges, not whether their benefits are activated. With a one-stop shop for online benefit management, competitive bonus potential, and a flexible, brand new office, our employees are able to focus on making the customer experience amazing.

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