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Job Title: Process Improvement Manager – Seaboard Overseas Group                                         

Location: Seaboard Corporation Headquarters, Shawnee Mission, KS

Reports To: VP Plant Operations    

Direct Reports: Senior Business Analyst      

Indirect Reports: None                                                            

General Purpose

  • Direct all activities for the management and communication of group KPIs for manufacturing
  • Lead the implementation of a global system for managing and reporting key management information supporting group objectives for operational excellence and capital project implementation.
  • Apply knowledge of world-class performance and processes to Seaboard affiliates
  • Support regional technical directors and operations managers in identifying and applying modern manufacturing techniques and processes


  • Facilitate and ensure reliability and timeliness of reporting processes from affiliated companies
  • Oversee the function and maintenance of existing Seaboard systems for record keeping and data analysis
  • Communicate positive and negative results to regional technical directors, operations managers, managing directors, and Seaboard Overseas executive management
  • Define causes for performance gaps between actual and design specification or world-class, and propose both CapEx and operational solutions to close the gap as appropriate
  • Leverage personal and in-house knowledge of manufacturing systems to bring about process improvement
  • Implement systems for monthly reporting of CapEx project progress with regard to present cost, forecast cost, budget, and timeline
  • Communicate results and progress of plant audits, scores, issue status, and percentage of progress monthly
  • Develop a process for reporting a quality index for each affiliate and the commodity trading function
  • Incorporate a safety index into group management reporting with the support of the EHS manager
  • Support other departmental functions in the application of technical solutions for enhancing plant operations in terms of efficiency, EHS concerns, food safety, and purchasing efficiency
  • Lead in the measurement and improvement of energy consumption for Seaboard Overseas affiliates
  • Act as the hub for Seaboard Overseas harvesting the technical expertise of regional technical directors, engineering, and the industry at large.
  • Maintain group knowledge base for flow diagrams
  • Lead the gap analysis process of the group’s assets and diagrams while prioritizing the major opportunities with respect to return on investment
  • Manage process improvement projects as assigned by VP-Plant Operations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in milling science, engineering or other manufacturing discipline related to the food industry
  • 5+ years relevant experience
  • Experience managing plant operations with accountability for KPIs
  • Superior knowledge of plant systems including material handling, air handling, mechanical systems, and automation
  • Project management experience
  • Experience reading financial statements
  • Willingness to travel 25-30% during the first year across the developing world; travel will reduce to 10-15%
  • Superior acumen with Microsoft Office Suite applications

Desired Qualifications

  • Language skills in addition to English
  • Capital project implementation
  • International experience
  • Knowledge of database architecture and design