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Date:  Apr 2, 2024
Job Req ID:  17677
Category:  SupplyChain/ Operations
Country/Region:  US
State:  KS
City:  Kansas City
Workplace:  Remote

Title:  Smart Factory Coach


Do you have a passion for smart manufacturing – developing system and process capability in others, implementing digital tools like Smart Factory apps, AI and machine learning, analytics and reporting, data collection, and coaching change management to adopt them, and oh, let us not forget traveling?  If yes, come join our team as a Smart Factory Coach for the Salty Category with manufacturing sites in Kansas City, KS, Cary, NC, Cincinnati, OH and Jackson, TN, where you will be doing just that and so much more. This position can be located in our Kansas City, KS facility or remote.


In this role you’ll have the opportunity to lead us into being the best as we integrate our plants with Smart Factory and Industry 4.0. You will work closely with Supply Chain and IT leadership across our Salty Category resulting in exciting collaborations. Career growth possibilities are seemingly endless as you demonstrate your skillset and manage successful implementation and coaching across our sites.


A Taste of What You’ll Be Doing


  • Leadership - Serving as a member of Kellanova North America KWS Smart Factory Leadership Team, the incumbent will be leading category meetings to align direction with Salty plants. Mentor Plant Digital leads and continuous improvement teams to embed management within the site to use real-time data to gain insights to take action to improve performance and reduce losses. 
  • Alignment – You will be a key player in collaborating with the KWS Director Digital Supply Chain and KNA Leadership COE in implementation and adoption of industry 4.0 solutions.  Perform site visits to calibrate, support, and assess according to Global standards. You will also be responsible for directly aligning with our Kellanova Work Systems (KWS) phased implementation. 
  • Continuous Improvement and Development - Responsible for the standardization of implementation as part of Digital Manufacturing capability building.  Developing both system and process capabilities in manufacturing teams in all category sites. Accountable for compliance with all Employee Safety, Food Safety and Sanitation policies and regulations.
  • Keeping it interesting – Position involves communication and coordination with all Kellanova Salty Cracker food plants.  This position will require traveling to and working in, other manufacturing facilities.  75% of your time will involve traveling and may require work beyond the normal hours, shift, and on weekends/holidays. 


We’re Looking for Someone With


  • Technical degree or equivalent experience in Operations, Engineering or IT
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of manufacturing with proven knowledge and experience in work systems methodologies.
  • Proven ability to achieve business results through process improvements and capability building through People, Process and Equipment. 
  • Experience with Lean, 5S, Work Process Improvement, Problem Solving.
  • Effective communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with computers, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)


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 & 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.


We’re on a journey to be the best. You coming?


Estimated travel is 75%.


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.   

Nearest Major Market: Kansas City

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