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Date:  Jul 10, 2024
Job Req ID:  18951
Category:  Supply Chain and Operations
Country/Region:  US
State:  IL
City:  Chicago
Workplace:  Hybrid

Title:  Technical Center of Excellence Director


As a Kellanova Work Systems (KWS) Technical Center Element Lead, you’ll play a critical global role within our engineering organization. Your primary responsibility will be to define the KWS Technical Center strategy and processes across the Kellanova network.


You’ll establish global standards for project and technical workflows within the supply chain, providing direction, metrics, and governance. This is a hybrid role and can be located in any of the following locations: Battle Creek, MI; Cary, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Jackson, TN; Rome, GA; Zanesville, OH; or Chicago, IL.


A Taste of What You’ll Be Doing


  • Site Management Element Leadership – Create work practices that drive out losses in the reliability, cost, and safety of our site facilities and utilities. Support NRC commitments via good utility management. The impact of loss elimination will drive operational savings and plant reliability across all global sites.
  • Developing & Refining the Process - Define the work processes to drive the local connection to the global standards, provide scale, and reduce project and ongoing production risk. Create work processes to link to the Reliability Management, Autonomous Maintenance, environmental health and safety, and quality food safety KWS Centers of Excellence and the other four elements of the Technical Center Centers of Excellence to Site Management.
  • Building a Community - Sponsor Communities of Practice (CoPs) in facility and utility systems, power controls and information systems, NRC, Cyber, and technical contractor management to identify needs and jointly drive continuous improvement.
  • Facilitating Across the Technical Center – Partner with Technical Center Element and Regional leads to lead critical enabling systems. Element leads take a key facilitation role across many of our sub-teams to tie the efforts and magnify the impact.
  • People Center Implementation across Global Engineering – Partner with human resource business partners to create and deploy key people-center processes to drive the engineering culture. This will include owning people development trainings, organizational health assessment action plans, and partnering with Tech Center Element 1 Lead to drive skills and capability goals.


We’re Looking for Someone With


  • High School Diploma or GED plus extensive related experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to influence across levels and disciplines.
  • Must be able to provide the vision for new opportunities related to technology and leading industry practices.  
  • Up to 30% travel is required (more during initial deployment and less once the program is more mature), may have extended work schedules to drive immediate impact in our business, such as KSUM compliance to drive vertical start-ups.
  • Must have foresight to make linkages in areas like procurement, RM, AM, Leadership Center, People Center, Facilities, etc.
  • Ability to manage challenges with global program deployment in multiple regions, time zones, cultures, and languages. 


What’s Next

After you apply, your application will be reviewed by a real recruiter, so it may take us a few weeks to get back with you by email or phone. Visit our How We Hire page to get insights into our hiring process and more about what we offer.


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If you join our team, you’ll be rewarded for the difference you make. Our comprehensive benefits offer you the support you need through your life events, big or small. Visit our benefits page, and be sure to ask your recruiter for more specific information.


Get to Know Us


At Kellanova, we are driven by our vision to be the world’s best-performing snacks-led powerhouse, unleashing the full potential of our differentiated brands and our passionate people. Our portfolio of iconic, world-class brands include Pringles, Cheez-It, Pop-Tarts, MorningStar Farms, Special K, Krave, Zucaritas, Crunchy Nut, among others.


Kellanova’s Culture of Best means we bring our best to all that we do in pursuit of our vision to be the world’s best-performing snacks-led powerhouse. Our culture celebrates boldness and empowers our people to challenge the status quo, achieve results, and win together.

Our focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) enables us to build a culture of belonging where all employees have a place at the table and are inspired to share their passion, talents, and ideas to work.


The best brands. The best people. The best you.


Relocation is being offered. Estimated travel is 30%.

Kellanova is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to provide an inclusive work environment, a seat for everyone at the table, and embraces the diverse talent of its people. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, please visit our website here.

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