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Schwan's Company Operational Excellence Manager - Manufacturing in Salina, Kansas

Who we are!

Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizza; Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® Asian-style snacks. To learn more about Schwan’s, visit

What we are looking for:

We are hiring an Operational Excellence Manager at the largest pizza plant in the world, located in Salina, KS. This position is responsible for leading a team of 3 Opex Analysts that identify cost savings initiatives and use data and analytics for decision making within our plant and distribution center operations, while optimizing safety, quality, and efficiency for operational excellence.

The world’s largest pizza plant is getting bigger! We are excited to announce a new 400,000 square-foot expansion that is underway.

What you will get from us:

  • Opportunity to work on exciting, strategic projects in partnership with key leaders: showcase your technical skills to make a big impact on the profitable growth of Schwan’s Company

  • A culture focused on ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its employees

  • Support and mentorship from team members who are authentic, good-natured and highly skilled

  • Competitive wages, incentive pay and a comprehensive package of benefits


  • Identifies the top improvement opportunities and provides the appropriate data to ensure leadership consensus and buy-in.

  • Provides data and analytic information and coaching to the teams and individuals who will drive the delivery of improvements.

  • Identifies and implements major improvement projects involving new processes new technology and/or new ingredients.

  • Reduces material waste and labor, increases cases per man hour, and provides documented improvements.

  • Works with each business unit and R&D on product pictures to define target for each product and examples of defects.

  • Utilizes SAP data to disseminate what component scraps, base quantities, and labor should be reduced, increased or remain the same and provide information to the Engineering Change Coordinator so that production BOMs and routings can be updated.

  • Utilizes data to recommend and prioritize process improvements.

  • Evaluates SPC data for products and will tighten upper and lower control limits where possible.

  • Mentor, coach, and train line employees on how to make actual lasting improvements using the data from SAP, SPC (Statistical Process Control) and monitoring.

  • Empowers employees to propose and justify maintenance improvements R&D improvements etc. by determining financial saving and project prioritization based on time labor and financial investment.

  • Utilizes the SAP data captured to prioritize process improvements in efficiency.

  • Provide dollar loss information to substantiate capital improvements.

  • Analyze identify and remove the bottle necks for increase line speed.

What we need from you:

Education: Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering or closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Years of Related Experience: 5- 7 years of related experience.


  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma a plus.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office, MS Project, and AutoCAD.

  • Thorough knowledge of Statistical Process Control and Capability principles.

  • Able to generate process flow diagrams.

  • Understand mass and energy balances.

  • Understand general industrial process and control systems.

  • Leadership attributes self-motivated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and ability to make recommendations and influence targeted audience.

  • Ability to successfully leverage internal and external resources.

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and assignments: able to prioritize, meet budgets and deadlines, and achieve objectives.

  • Effective communication and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information. Demonstrated process improvement and manufacturing project management skills.

The employing subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.