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Job ID:  48108
Date:  Jan 13, 2022
Job function:  Manufacturing
Experience level:  Experienced Hire
Business:  DSM Nutritional Products

Mgr, Operational Excellence Continuous Improvement- Kingstree South Carolina

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. 

More information can be found at www.dsm.com.


Identify global site improvement projects together with Site Management in order to create value for DSM.  Lead complex Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques to secure that project objectives and milestones are met, within agreed budget and timing and utilizing the Lean Six Sigma Philosophy of striving for continuous improvements.  Promote the institutionalization of the continuous improvement strategy and methodology to the plant site and DSM business partners.  Develop, mentor, and coach Green Belts to successfully execute significant improvement projects and professionalize DSM workforce.  Act as change agent – managing the LSS project stakeholders (e.g. Site Management).


Find your passion here:


Bring your Passion! Build your future!


You’ll be responsible to:


  • Support site Lean & Six Sigma projects in order to drive continuous improvement.
  • Support the site project identification process from a CI standpoint.
  • Support ACT (Achieving Competitiveness Together) Steering Team/Resource Allocation Process.
  • Manufex key Roles: ACT (Achieving Competitiveness Together) role, Sr. Process Engineer/IP/PPE role.
  • Identify knowledge gaps within organization, recommend programs as needed to build needed knowledge.
  • Lead the Site Trainer and support personnel in leading and developing training programs for the site.
  • Assist and lead with special Continuous Improvement projects as needed, to include DICI programs and other.
  • Define and conduct complex improvement project teams as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt project following LSS methodology and criteria.
  • Identify replication opportunities Lean Six Sigma projects (within and across Business Group’s and regions collaborating with other BBs.
  • Identify best practice Lean Six Sigma developments (internal/external).
  • Identify potential Green Belts and Black Belts and support in assessments for certification.
  • Create and implement tools and systems necessary for further LSS deployment.
  • Help organize Lean Six Sigma, Green Belt, and Black Belt training waves.
  • Bring over Lean Six Sigma concepts/philosophy to site or business management by giving awareness trainings.



Get the reward to match your passion


Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improving people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities, and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance. 


At DSM, we DSomething Meaningful.


 What we look for in you:


  • Engineering Bachelor’s degree required; Master Degree a plus.
  • 8 years of demonstrated experience leading and facilitating continuous improvement initiatives in a manufacturing or logistics environment; Chemical industry preferred.
  • Proven proficiency in Lean problem solving, root cause and waste reducing tools, processes, and concepts.  (i.e. center-lining, visual replenishment, visual management, performance improvement teams, SMED, statistical analysis, pull systems, problem solving, and scheduling optimization.)
  • Experience leading and following Safety/Security and Sanitation/Quality Policies and Procedures, and reporting and following through on any deficiencies.


What we look for in your experience:


  • Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead others through change.
  • Internal candidates are able to demonstrate understanding of Manufex.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with individuals and groups at all levels of the organization.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Mini tab, MS Project etc.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
  • Skilled in organization, prioritization, and attention to detail.     
  • Strong team player and leader with the ability to work across multiple functions and disciplines. 
  • Experience leading CI projects.



Procedure & Contact

Interested in this position? Please apply online via the career portal (https://jobs.dsm.com/)


Pre-employment screening procedures are part of the DSM Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when further information is required


DSM NA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. DSM is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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