Manufacturing Excellence Specialist
  • Solon, United States
  • +41 21 924 1111
16 Jan 2022
Food Processing
1-2 Years
Job Description

Foods people love. Brands people trust. And a career that nourishes your future like no other. 

If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestlé is the place for you. Nestlé USA is one of seven operating companies that make up Nestlé’s presence in the United States. We're in 97% of American homes, and as the leading food and beverage company, our goals are to continue to deliver quality food and beverage products, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact. 

We’re determined to challenge the status quo and be better tomorrow than we are today. As individuals and teams, we embrace our entrepreneurial culture and have created a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Here, you will find limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career and feel empowered to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, but also about enriching you.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.

Position Summary

The Manufacturing Excellence Specialist will be responsible for driving operational improvement projects 

as well as working on cross-functional teams to commercialize innovative products in the factory. 

Continuous improvement efforts will focus on making sustainable gains in reliability, quality, safety, cost, 

and delivery. Methods for achieving and sustaining improvements will be based Nestle Continuous 

Excellence, TPM, and LEAN fundamentals. The team member will need to collaborate closely with 

division, factory, and other internal partners to achieve the project objectives aligned with the business 

needs. The team member will be responsible to carry out assignments of a broad nature while exercising 

considerable judgment and creativity. The team member needs to be able to carry out appropriate 

financial analysis to validate/support proposals and gain support of key stakeholders.

All other duties as defined by Nestle management.


Drive Continuous Improvement & Productivity Savings Projects

Responsible for identifying, chartering, and leading significant improvement initiatives - delivering the 

project results on time.

Provide project updates to the factory leadership team and project stakeholders highlighting the current 

status, adherence to the project time plan, work accomplished, quick wins, points of escalation, elements 

of risk and the associated mitigation plans.

Develop project teams on key skills to drive improvement.

Utilize Nestle Continuous Excellence tools and methodologies (Goal Alignment, GSTD, DMAIC, Loss Tree 

Analysis, IPA, etc.) to drive sustainable operational improvements.

Analyze given data and operating conditions; implement changes and follow-up on results by involving 

key responsible people (i.e. sponsor, process owner, operator).

Determine means to reduce material usages, material losses and rework, and to achieve energy savings.

Carry out follow-up programs to maintain the achieved savings, to complete additional training, to detect 

further savings opportunities, as well as ensure the overall continuity of the project.

Support Business Innovation and Renovation Efforts

Determine the optimum machine speed, production cycles and line crewing that are required for master 

scheduling, as well as for short term planning and control.

Carry out the respective trials, together with the supervisors and managers, before any change or newly 

designed system or method is installed. Assist the operations, supervisors, and mangers for adapting 

changes to take the necessary actions and any other steps required to ensure the achievement of the best 

possible result.

Work collaboratively with product development, marketing, supply chain, finance, and operations to bring 

new products to market and meet the defined project objectives.


Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, or Engineering 


Two years of experience in food manufacturing preferred

Six Sigma, TPM or Lean background with examples of application and results preferred (preferable skill set at the level of a Green or Black Belt)


Interpersonal skills, self-confidence, leadership abilities

Ability to build trust and interact with all levels of the organization

Strong project management skills

Change agent

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Team leadership and team membership skills

Creative, reliable, organized, adaptable, flexible, innovative, and a self-starter

Focus on adding value to a fast and performance driven business

Requisition ID


It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role.  In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities.  Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.

The Nestlé Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.

Solon, OH, US, 44139


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