General information

All posting locations: Elst, , Netherlands

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Date Published: 07-Mar-2024

Ref #: R-75508

Description & Requirements

We are looking for a high-reaching professional with extensive experience in manufacturing to join our team in Elst. The purpose of this role will be to support the Plant Manager in the daily management of the plant to achieve the strategic goals set in the plant masterplan. The Program Manager Operational Excellence must drive a culture of Zero Losses & 100% Engagement throughout the organisation. This includes Plant Leadership and the teams on the lines. By developing the capabilities of the organisation on the application of our management systems standards and systems sustainable operational excellence results will be achieved.

Key Responsibilities

  • Crafting the master deployment plan for the plant for the site and ensure the deployment plan progress is feasible and being tracked, reviewed, and maintained;

  • Driving the journey to deploy the management system within the plant, ensuring the deployment of line level chapters, plant-wide chapters and standards;

  • Attend the monthly plant leadership review of plant critical metrics with a focus on loss analysis and review of the action plan to eliminate losses;

  • Attend Daily Management Systems review meetings with Plant Daily Management System Owners and the Plant Leadership Team;

  • Attend monthly pillar review with Pillar Owners;

  • Coach and guide the teams in how to develop and implement the management systems standards across the plant;

  • Build the capabilities in the plant, from leadership roles to equipment owners (EO) to ensure linkage of efforts to obtain business results, identify gaps and provided guidance to countermeasures;

  • Provides publicity/promotion of the management systems deployment journey through the provision of general factory education forums, strong communication to increase understanding. Resulting in a stronger understanding of its vision and implementation across the factory;

  • Works closely with the regional Operational Excellence Manager and the Plant Manager to provide learn and build guidance and coaching skills;

  • Subject matter expert on the implementation of the management system and the deployment methodology, guiding the plant in the adoption of the principles and providing regular support and guidance across portions / processes.



  • Strong coaching and training skills;

  • Strong Leadership skills;

  • Pro-active in driving positive change, to drive performance uplift;

  • Self-confident and strong communicator (verbally and written);

  • Project management skills;

  • Able to build strong relationships with the management team (e.g. production manager, maintenance manager and all leaders and roles up to operators and mechanics.


  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal collaboration skills;

  • Effective communication skills at all levels of the organization;

  • Ability to influence Plant Manager and Plant Leadership Team to make better decisions;

  • Ability to analyze and interpret with data and information;

  • Willingness to actively to get involved within the critical daily routines in the portion / process to demonstrate creditability within the methodology;

  • Manufacturing resilience;

  • Ability to simplify and disseminate parts of the methodology depending on target audience.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required; Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Business Admin or other related field is preferred;

  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a management rol in a manufacturing environment, preferably FMCG;

  • Solid understanding of TPM/IWS/WCM, Leadership and Lean6Sigma;

  • Experience within Continuous Improvement;

  • Experience deploying production systems / work processes across plants, preferably Food sector;

  • Knowledge Supply Chain Management /Quality and Safety Risk Management/ Business and management principles.

What we offer

  • A competitive base salary, with excellent bonus structure;

  • As described, plenty of options for fast track career progression in an ambitious team. Career progression is part of our core values, and we will support your career in this role and beyond;

  • Always room for new insights; if you have an 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.