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Continuous Improvement Lead

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Job ID 292391 Date posted 05/20/2024 Location : Nebraska City, Nebraska Category  CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Job Status  Salaried Full Time

Cargill’s size and scale allows us to make a positive impact in the world. Our purpose is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.
Cargill is a family company providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions and industrial products that are vital for living. We connect farmers with markets so they can prosper. We connect customers with ingredients so they can make meals people love. And we connect families with daily essentials — from eggs to edible oils, salt to skincare, feed to alternative fuel. Our 160,000 colleagues, operating in 70 countries, make essential products that touch billions of lives each day. Join us and reach your higher purpose at Cargill. 
This position is in Cargill’s protein and salt business, where we provide wholesome, high-quality food products to a wide range of customers, from foodservice operators and grocery stores to manufacturers and exporters.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Continuous Improvement Lead will develop, implement and sustain process improvement initiatives. As a trusted advisor on the site leadership team, you will focus on observing, coaching and training cross-functional teams at the Nebraska City, NE Protein site. You will have a pivotal role in building a site culture of problem solving, utilizing established continuous improvement initiatives while developing site specific initiatives to encourage a winning mindset for the Cargill team and customers.

Key Accountabilities

  • Champion a culture of continuous improvement and support a collaborative work environment.
  • Monitor and implement continuous improvement best practices.
  • Develop and handle continuous improvement plans for projects with low cost and risk to reach and sustain project goals.
  • Conduct organization readiness assessments, value realization, opportunity prioritization, resource evaluation and execute continuous improvement strategies that meet business needs.
  • Provide updates on project objectives, performance measures, issues and risks to partners and management. Analyze complex, high-quantity, and sometimes contradictory, information to effectively solve problems.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams from other Cargill locations. Collaborate on production excellence best practices and special projects to impact Cargill Protein.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.





  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR instead of a degree, equivalent experience
  • Four or more years of related work experience


  • Experience influencing without direct authority
  • Experience with Lean Six Sigma OR other continuous improvement methodologies
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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