Continuous Improvement Manager

Ingredion, Inc.

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Belcamp, MD

Job Description

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Job Overview:

TITLE: Continuous Improvement Manager

LOCATION: Belcamp Plant

REPORTS TO: Senior CI Manager

Company Background:

Ingredion is a Fortune 500 provider of ingredient solutions that helps nourish, comfort, sustain, and delight people around the world. Ingredion’s wide range of ingredient solutions is strategically designed to address changing consumer trends and preferences. Our specialty portfolio includes starch-based texturizers, clean and simple ingredients, plant-based proteins, sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners, and food systems. Our innovative ingredient solutions are used by consumers in everyday products, from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. And we do it all in a planet-friendly sustainable manner.

We bring the potential of people, nature, and technology together to make life better.

That’s our purpose. We are all IN to make life better!

Every day, Ingredion employees bring their skills, creativity, and passion together to deliver ingredient solutions that enhance people’s lives. We are innovators who combine the power of technology with the best of nature to delight our customers and consumers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in ethics, safety, quality, and sustainability. Unlocking the potential of people, nature, and technology to make life better is what drives us in every aspect of our business.

If you are interested in making life better, we are all IN to learn more about you! A bit about what you can expect from the employee experience at Ingredion:

The chance to make a difference

No matter where you work in the company, you’ll have an opportunity to make life better… for our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world.

Passionate people, motivated to excel

Our highly talented people have a passion for learning and achievement and are driven by our inspiring purpose to make life better and our core values: Care First, Be Preferred, Everyone Belongs, Innovate Boldly, and Owner’s Mindset.

A warm, welcoming environment

At Ingredion, everyone belongs! We embrace diversity and foster an inclusive work environment where individuals feel supported and enabled to contribute their very best every day.

A place where you can grow personally and professionally

We believe everyone has great potential, and we strive to nurture that potential into great personal and professional achievements.

An environment that enables innovation and collaboration

We are creating the conditions that inspire and enable innovation - in our products and services, as well as in how we do our work day-to-day.

The Continuous Improvement Manager leads the continuous improvement journey at the plant, by providing technical support while performing process studies/ analysis, troubleshooting, and drive process optimization through Continuous Improvement activities (projects, kaizens, etc.). Additionally, the CI manager will lead the implementation, sustainability, and improvements of the Ingredion Performance Management Systems (IPS) management system at plant level.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of the CI/ IPS management system and other CI/ IPS related activities, while assuring the sustainability of Management System tools, like Routine Dashboards, OEE measurement and others routine indicators.
  • Deliver a Management System training that includes concepts, tools, and deliverables, to achieve awareness and facilitate CI/IPS adoption and cultural change.
  • Establishing baseline of main KPI’s and support the Plant leadership team during the target setting according to Regional Financial and Functional goals.
  • Create an improvement plan / project portfolio (Safety, Quality, Service, Cost Reduction, etc.) through gaps analysis to recommend implement process improvements to drive Plant target achievement and organizational effectiveness.
  • Drive and support diverse cost reduction, productivity enhancement and Safety/Quality improvements target for the plant (PDCA, LSS, Kaizen, etc.).
  • Support the plant team to achieve their Sustainability goals using CI tools
  • Participate in regional, and local Manufacturing Excellence and CI team regional meetings to identify new practices for the plant success.
  • Evaluate new technologies and ideas that will improve the efficiency and the capability of the process.
  • Deliver / support training that drives a Continuous Improvement mind set.
  • Facilitate Kaizen events, Ideation workshops, RCA studies and other CI activities that support plant performance enhancement.
  • Leverage analytical and problem-solving skills to support plant management on the identification of key success drivers and execution of improvement objectives.
  • Lead /act like change agent to achieve continuous improvement and performance focused culture, though collaboration with all business and functional units in the region to ensure alignment of improvement initiative.
  • Work collaboratively with the Plant leaders to multiply knowledge in CI methodologies and act as changing agent of the culture.
  • Support employee training in the proper application of Continuous Improvement and IPS concepts.
  • Coach and mentor plant teams/ individuals to ensure successful completion of IPS implementation and CI activities
  • Support preparation of skill matrix deployment as part of Management System – People

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food science, Chemist and/or Production, Chemical, Production or Food Engineer (Engineering degrees are preferred).
  • Experience in Process/Production Engineering
  • Good communication in English.
  • Trained in Lean Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing Practices and SPC. Green Belt/Black Belt certification desired
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering and unit operations relevant to the corn wet milling industry, such as basic chemistry, heat and mass balances, mechanics and physical/chemical separation and energy management.

Ingredion provides accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If a job applicant requires an accommodation during the application process or through the selection process, we will work with the applicant to meet the job applicant's accommodation needs.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, military status, or disability status.

Relocation Available:

Yes, Within Region