Golden State Foods

Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager

Location US-KS-Wichita
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KanPak®, a golden state foods company, is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of the very best beverage, yogurt and dessert solutions. Aseptic technology is at the heart of many products we create, allowing all KanPak® products to ship and store without refrigeration for up to 12 months, but it’s our state-of-the-art beverage manufacturing capabilities and exceptional customer service that really set us apart from competitors.  
Coffee beverages, creamers, yogurt, frozen desserts, and specialty beverages – no matter what kind of product you’re looking for, we can deliver. Our aseptic processing and packaging makes our solutions more convenient, efficient and environmentally friendly.
We are seeking an energetic, skilled Corporate Continuous Improvement Managerin Wichita, Kansas. 

Directs, manages and provides guidance in driving positive change in the facility, including development and up skilling of 400+ associates. The key areas of focus are safety, training and implementing the GSF defined improvement process. Ensures appropriate measurements are developed and implemented to create benchmarks and targets. Develops plans and actions to ensure goals are achieved or exceeded.



  • Serving as a member of the KanPak Leadership Team to collaboratively set strategies, masterplan activities, employee engagement activities, loss elimination ideas, and results delivery.
  • Developing the cultural vision for the plant that provides the foundation for the Continuous Improvement journey.
  • Continually expanding and enhancing knowledge levels of TPM / Continuous Improvement, lean manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance, and industry “best in class” manufacturing methodologies and operations practices to develop a culture of continuous improvement – will need to stay about 12 months ahead of the plant in personal knowledge.
  • Leading the plant leadership team in the integration of the appropriate actions to support the cultural vision and to support the delivery of the Compelling Business Need. Be the change agent within the plant leadership team that brings a focus to ‘how’ results are delivered and sustained (“Continuous Improvement is the work”).
  • Building capability of the site leaders to implement Continuous Improvement systems, tools, methodologies, capabilities, and standards.
  • Ensuring CI tools and methodologies are used to drive all site result opportunities and to ensure all results are being sustained or improved per the site masterplan – own “how” breakthrough performance is achieved at the plant and corporate level.
  • Responsible for the phased implementation of Continuous Improvement at the plant & benchmarking with other plants in the division to drive best practices & standard work.
  • Leading the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) process including maintaining measurement standards, coaching on improvement plans and strategies, training, coaching, and monthly reporting.
  • Establishing and maintaining corporate KPI’s and visual tools.



Bachelor’s degree in engineering preferred from an accredited college or university.    Certified Six Sigma Black Belt required.



 7 or more years experience in process optimization, operations, or business management.  


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Knowledge of (B/basic; J/journey; E/expert):

  • Project management concepts and techniques (J)
  • Regulatory policies and procedures (J)
  • Budgetary concepts and procedures (J)
  • PC word processing/spreadsheet/presentation/database software (J)
  • Continuous Improvement concepts and processes (E)


Skill and ability to:

  • Strategically influence all levels of the organization. 
  • Serve as a team member, facilitator and/or leader as the team role warrants
  • Manage and motivate employees in a team-based environment
  • Prepare a variety of comprehensive administrative and technical documents and reports
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to a variety of customers
  • Travel via airplane and drive an automobile
  • Work effectively in a general business environment, with a focus on high levels of quality and customer service
  • Act in accordance with GSF’s Values and Creed
  • Experience / working knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies – TPM, lean manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, etc.
  • Ability to teach, coach, & develop others – both on the plant floor & on the plant leadership team
  • Long term planning (strategic) with intermediate actions along the way (tactical)
  • Process-driven, loss-focused, results-oriented approach
  • Problem solving skill-set (by degree – engineering or by experience)
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Collaboration – ability to partner with & influence others




May manage various external vendors.




  • Productivity/quality standards: accuracy, timeliness, thoroughness
  • Training budget and related expenses
  • Productivity/quality standards: return to work

  • Regulatory compliance and training (GMP, HACCP, OSHA)
  • Teamwork within the department and across departments
  • Project/assignment standards
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Employee development to meet GSF’s projected near- and mid-term objectives


KanPak, LLC encourages diversity in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran

Applicants only; No Recruiters please.

KanPak, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms to recruit, hire, train, and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. KanPak will not discriminate against persons because of their disability, including disabled veterans, and will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees and applicants with disabilities.


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