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Director LEAN Operational Excellence - Fresh Foods

Tampa, FL

Post Date: 04/09/2018 Job ID: 8059 Discipline: Operations - Manufacturing Industry: Frozen & Refrigerated Foods

Title:  Director, Lean Operational Excellence                                         

Location: Tampa, FL

Misson:  Our client is a prepared meals refrigerated food manufacturer based in Tampa, FL.  The mission for the Director of Lean Operational Excellence is to ensure continuous improvement and ongoing LEAN initiatives while directly overseeing successful culinary kitchen operations, meal preparation and packaging, and supply chain logistics.  The Director of Lean Operations will have full P&L accountability and responsibility for 5 direct reports and 60 team members indirectly.


-         Six-figure compensation plus bonus potential

-         Company contribution towards employee benefits

-         Significantly discounted meal purchase plan

-         Equity in the company

-         Relocation assistance

Expected Outcomes:

1.       Optimize employee development and staff planning for financial / P&L success in food processing culinary center.

2.       Oversee supply chain management from purchasing of fresh food ingredients to warehouse and logistics, including delivery to retail stores.

3.       Develop and facilitate Lean Manufacturing training for the organization including Kaizen, A3, Value Stream Mapping, Problem Solving, 5S, Material Flow, Waste Elimination, etc.

4.       Participate in Hoshin process and other strategic development initiatives with the corporate leadership team-CEO, CFO, VP Retail Operations, VP Culinary Innovation, and Director of Product Marketing.


-         Operations leadership in food processing environment; fresh foods and/or produce, and small-batch processing a plus

-         LEAN process improvement in a hands-on leadership capacity

-         Analytical thinker / Problem-solver

-         Ability to work and lead in a 7 day/week operation with heavy work load Saturdays through Mondays

-         Bachelor's degree preferred (business, engineering, logistics, technology, etc.)

Rob Navarro
Sr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group

Rob has 9 years of leadership experience in the Foodservice industry in addition to 10 years of experience in the Recruiting and Staffing industry, with the last 5 of those years at Kinsa. If you’re seeking a new job, let him put his food and beverage industry network connections to work for you!

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