General information

All posting locations: Elst, , Netherlands

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Date Published: 09-Nov-2022

Ref #: R-58039

Description & Requirements

The purpose of the role:

As a Focused Improvement Leader you are responsible for realizing improvement targets on output- unplanned losses and labor costs- through a culture of continuous improvement and by realizing sustainable results. Reporting to improvement manager of Elst factory.

Your core tasks are:

  • Identifying improvement opportunities and making improvement plans
  • Analyze and address root causes- define and execute improvement actions
  • Delivery of (new) standards and sustainable results
  • Leading and coaching the 2 Focused Improvement Technician

Key responsibilities:

  • Identifying improvement opportunities and making improvement plans
  • Identify potential performance improvement by periodic Loss & Waste analysis (playbook)
  • Keep flowcharts with loss & waste up to date (playbook)
  • Translate potential performance improvement and losses in money and opportunities for the company (line capacity- PASO) and prioritize/define the focus area’s periodically- in consultation with production team.
  • Establish mid and long-term projects to increase production efficiency and or reduce the cost base
  • Identify asset improvement opportunities by capital expenditure or WOW Analyze and address root causes- define and execute improvement actions
  • Lead RCA’s on repeating issues to find root causes.
  • Set up or lead multi-functional project teams to address root causes identified and find sustainable solutions.
  • Define- plan and follow up of improvement actions- e.g. wow- training- maintenance- small modifications
  • Apply change control when applicable- to keep in compliance with safety and quality standards.
  • Work in close collaboration with the shift manager to plan the improvement actions- to take away any obstacle preventing the execution of the week plan.
  • Support improvement initiatives from teams through the application of Continuous Improvement and techniques ensuring appropriate consultation with employees. Job Description
  • Increase process capability of the lines and processes (Cpk) by identifying and analyzing process variation and find solutions to improve. Use 6sigma technics.
  • Using PDCA/SDCA and problem-solving techniques defined in KHC playbook. Delivery of (new) standards and sustainable results
  • Owner of the PASO and financial (cost price) standard list.
  • Plan and conduct performance reviews on unplanned losses against target and define (new) PASO.
  • Ensure the PASO is aligned with planning department after consultation with production manager.
  • In case of performance gaps- pro-actively define corrective actions to meet improvement targets.
  • Ensure speed profiles and machine standards/SMED lists are up-to-date (playbook) by FIT. Leading and coaching the focused Improvement Technicians (FIT)
  • Prioritize the work of the technicians by focusing on agreed actions and improvement plans
  • Coaching and developing the technicians in root cause analysis
  • Coaching the technicians in finding sustainable (poke yoke) solutions


  • WO/HBO+ education e.g. Engineering- Process/Food technology or Business Administration with basic technical knowledge
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in operations within the fast moving (food) production environment
  • Knowledge and experience with lean/operational excellence- e.g. kaizen- 5xW- DMAIC- PDCA/SDCA
  • Preferably Green/black belt trained
  • Very strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capable of developing solutions to complex problems that require a high degree of creativity- and innovation.
  • Strong communication skills to all levels- in English and Dutch in verbal and written
  • Able to work individually and in a team.
  • Pro-active and can-do mentality 
  • Proficient in Dutch and English

What we offer you:

  • An ambitious employer; we only want to the best for you; 
  • A fast career track like only few other companies can match;
  • A competitive salary and excellent bonus structure (above market);
  • Always room for new ideas; if you have an excellent idea- please let us know and we can set it in action!

About Us

Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We’re on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We’re proud of where we’ve been – and even more thrilled about where we’re headed – as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

Why Us

We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures – as we work together to lead the future of food.

Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we’re growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes.