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Continuous Improvement Manager


Swedesboro, NJ, US, 08085

Job Type:  Bakery Operations

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Key Accountabilities

Reporting to the Bakery Director this positions directs and coordinates high level projects regarding continuous process improvements in an industrial organization by performing the following duties.



  • Maintain inventory of work including Best Practice processing parameters.
  • Assist with reviews of specification sheets and Standard operating Procedures.
  • Responsible to be highly engaged in Safety culture through active participation in huddles, meetings, audits, and investigations. Actively look for ways to improve safe processes and behaviours aimed at accident prevention.
  • Ensures process controls are established and adhered to in order for operational consistency and efficiency while producing the highest possible level of product Quality and Food safety.
  • Reviews production and operating reports and resolves operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays. Responsible for achieving targets for Operational Metrics such as efficiency, waste, and direct costs.
  • Inspects machines and equipment to ensure specific operational performance and optimum utilization.
  • Develops or revises standard operational and working practices and observes workers to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Work closely with other departments in order to achieve organizational goals.


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Ten or more years in operations, continuous improvement project experience, training and development, TPM, and Lean Six-Sigma. State of the Art Food Processing Plant is looking for a full-time Continuous Improvement Manager to support operations team. 
  • The position requires high level of creativity, exceptional organization and project management skills.
  • Must be able to coordinate all operational aspects of diverse project work and work productively with a wide range of people and job levels, both internally and externally to achieve objectives. 

Education, Technical Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Proficiency Level



  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) or equivalent; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • SAP knowledge
  • Experience in Safety
  • SQF experience; GMP, Food Safety knowledge
  • Continuous Improvement experience; TPM, and Lean Six-Sigma
  • Excellent PC skills with proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment and maintain confidentiality of all interactions and communications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks with capability of prioritizing and planning work activities. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Excellent project management capability.
  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness with ability to improve and promote quality.



  • Bilingual English / Spanish preferred


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; talk or hear and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • This position requires employee to have adequate communicating and observational skills, including seeing, speaking and hearing, due to the operation of various types of moving equipment used in the bakery.  These requirements are for the safety of the employee and co-workers.  These requirements are also necessary for collecting and distributing information to staff, and communicating with co-workers.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and color vision.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); extreme cold (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather), and to rapid changes in temperature.  The employee must be able to tolerate a work environment that contains flour dust. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.





Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.