SpartanNash Director, Lean Manufacturing in Indianapolis, Indiana

For the team at Caito Foods, the produce business is straightforward. It’s about buying the best products available and being devoted to freshness. Working together, our goal is to make our customers’ jobs easier by ensuring that the freshest and most on-trend products make it to kitchens nationwide. Our outstanding team fulfills that promise every day.

Position Summary

Responsible for leading lean manufacturing change initiative in the manufacturing and office environment. Oversee and manage the development, implementation and integration of lean manufacturing tools, practices and initiatives for the Company. Work closely with senior leadership and management to drive continuous improvement in existing and newly launched manufacturing operations.

Minimum Requirements


Bachelor's Degree (Required) Industrial Engineering

Manufacturing or related field

Job Experience

Ten years experience in developing, implementing, and training in production and process improvement initiatives within the context of Lean required, preferably in a high volume manufacturing environment

Proven implementation of lean concepts with results and preferable certification in one or more types of Lean process improvement methodology (such as TPS, TPM, TQM, Six Sigma, Kanban, Kaizen, SPC, DOE,5S)

Supervisory Experience


Responsibilities and Essential Duties

Lead and develop continuous improvement team that will focus on lean manufacturing improvements and workshops in the operation.

Perform operational assessments (i.e. data collection, interpretation, analysis, etc.), labor productivity analysis, and other proper tools and methodologies to ensure efficient and effective utilization of manufacturing resources. Educate management and staff in collecting data, data analysis and the use of appropriate assessment tools and methodologies.

Provide on-site consultation and training to department heads and senior management team to assist them in understanding and using methods and tools for managing resources, such as labor, equipment and supply, space, and other assets, more efficiently.

Support managers by providing timely and accurate productivity and operational benchmarking in order to help identify opportunities for improvement; organize resources, select and implement the appropriate improvement methodology and ensure projects are conducted successfully.

Analyze resource utilization data and compare to available internal/external benchmarking data to develop recommendations for effective resources utilization and allocation.

Collect data from existing databases or through observations and provides analyses and recommendations on existing or new operational processes.

Work in collaboration with senior leadership and management to improve/optimize processes, increase productivity and operational efficiency, and improve product flow and organizational capacity.

Oversee the development of curriculum and conduct education and training in process improvement and productivity enhancement methodologies to project teams, department management, etc. Provide group facilitation as well as individual coaching to mitigate specific skill gaps.

Lead or facilitate process and performance improvement activities/events using proper improvement methodologies. Collect, record, and document lessons learned in order to provide insight to leadership.

Develop effective working relationships with internal departments and a network of technical resources. Identify roadblocks and barriers that hinder the progress of improvement efforts and provide appropriate solution recommendations. Monitor and intervene to assure progress, continually assessing team dynamics and providing conflict resolution as needed.

Assist in communicating the Company?s improvement agenda internally and externally as directed.

Responsible for department management including staffing, training, performance management and career development of associates, and developing and monitoring department goals. Develop and monitor department budget as required.

Maintain current knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies and practices; make recommendations to improve current programs and processes and to ensure company legal compliance.

Knowledge, Skills Abilities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to effectively work with various levels within the organization, including senior leadership and management with a demonstrated ability to drive consensus across different functional teams to optimize manufacturing operations. Strong organizational, prioritization, analytical and problem solving skills. Must be detail oriented and have strong project management skills. Must have technical and business knowledge to resolve the complex questions and issues. Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food manufacturing needed.

Physical Requirement

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. May be required to travel While performing the duties of this position, the employee is subject to a typical food production environment and/or distribution setting and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions; temperatures may vary within the work environment. The employee will be exposed to various work environments (i.e., refrigerated/freezer coolers, wet, dry and/or humid) on a frequent basis. The noise level in the work environment varies; food production setting may be low to moderate; distribution center setting may be moderate to high.


General office equipment (i.e., computer, telephone, copy/facsimile machine, etc.)