JBT Corporation

  • Global Continuous Improvement Manager

    Job Locations US-Remote
    Posted Date 6 months ago(1/12/2018 7:10 AM)
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  • Overview

    Summary- This role reports to the Vice President of Continuous Improvement with dotted line reporting to the RCI steering commitee of JBT.

    This is a remote role with the preference that the individual be close to one of JBT's location in the US or close to a major international airport.

    Travel expectation is 70-80% primarly within US with some international travel to JBT's locations in Asia and Europe.   


    Key Responsibilities:


    • Business Partnership with key Global / Regional Leadership supporting all business segments in JBT; Liquid Food, Protein and Aerotech
    • Actively contribute and support achieving SQDC results for Business Units
    • Apply Kaizen approach to drive for results and completing the strategic initiatives for Business Units
    • Deploy Kaizen Events = Rapid Improvement culture at all levels in JBT organization
    • Provide ‘Sensei-type’ coaching to facility leadership and representatives to develop their lean / Kaizen expertise over time
    • Work closely with Local RCI leads and business leadership to identify ways to accelerate financial savings, top line and bottom line.
    • Challenge organizational leaders as necessary to create an action-biased culture of continuous improvement and accountability to improve their Net Promoter Score, AOP targets; including growth, productivity, asset utilization, material savings and Working Capital
    • Implement lean tools and methods while collaborating with the RCI Leads. Ideal methodologies would emulate TPS/DBS; Strategy Deployment, Lean Leadership, Value Stream Mapping, Cell Design, Material Flow, 5S + Visual Management, Daily Management and applying lean to Engineering, Customer Care, Commercial, R&D, Supply Chain, etc.
    • Identify best practices within the company, and outside of JBT, and serve as a conduit for best-practice sharing
    • Facilitate and deploy RCI PPS / advance Lean tools training for all levels


    Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:


    • A Kaizen (lean – Six Sigma) leader with extensive experience driving Continuous Improvement culture across a cross-functional organization with outstanding business results
    • 5+ years, hands-on track record of implementing successful Kaizen events with value-stream mapping and follow-up, focusing on material flow, 5S, daily management, visual factory, lean in the office, cell design, etc,
    • Experience as a lean sensei coaching leadership and employee teams
    • 2+ years of Operational Leadership experience, Operations Manager or Value Stream Leader in a mechanical / electro – mechanical industry. Low volume, engineered-to-order type industry preferred
    • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, 300+ employee, global organizational processes and financial business methods
    • Superior leadership skills with proven ability to effectively coach and develop diverse teams of people, and facilitate effective cross-cultural business interaction
    • Financial literacy sufficient to understand Financial Statements and Budgets
    • Proficiency in spoken and written English
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher learning program required, with majors in engineering, science, operations or business. Masters or MBA preferred
    • Travel 80%, domestically and internationally



    Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:


    • 5+ years, hands-on track record of value-stream mapping and leading multi-function kaizen events,
    • 2+ years of Operational Leadership experience,
    • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, 300+ employee, global organizational processes and financial business methods
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher learning program required, with majors in engineering, science, operations or business
    • Ability to travel 70%, includes international travel


    John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT Corporation) is a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food processing and air transportation industries. The company designs, manufactures, tests and services technologically sophisticated systems and products for its customers.


    JBT keeps food cold and jets in the air.  Its JBT FoodTech segment makes commercial-grade refrigeration systems, freezers, ovens, canning equipment and food processing systems for fruit, poultry, meat patties, breads, pizzas, seafood and ready-to-eat meals.  JBT AeroTech manufactures and services ground support equipment (plane de-icers, aircraft tow vehicles and cargo loading systems), airport gate equipment (Jetway brand) and military equipment.


    John Bean Technologies was spun off from FMC Technologies in 2008.  JBT Corporation takes its name from John Bean, a California inventor who founded Bean Spray Pump Company in 1884, the company that eventually became Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) though a series of mergers and acquisitions in the 20th century.  (The original Bean Spray Pump technology was adapted to make a plane de-icer in the 1960s.)


    In mid-2012, JBT's FoodTech division bought container sterilization machinery belonging to H.G. Molenaar & Co (Pty) Ltd., a firm in South Africa.  The deal enabled JBT to offer global customers an even broader range of equipment for the canned food industry. In addition, JBT has acquired several key companies on the protein processing side, including Formcook AB, Wolf-tec, Tipper Tie, C.A.T.  and Novus.  On the Liquid Foods side of the business, JBT has also made key acquisitions, including:  ICS Solutions, Stork Food & Dairy Systems and A&B Process Systems. 



    Geographic Reach

    JBT owns production facilities spanning almost 25 countries.  Its principal production facilities are located in the U.S. (California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arkansas, Utah and Florida), Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the U.K., South Africa and China.  The U.S. alone accounts for about half of its sales.  Other major markets include the EMEA region (28 percent), Asia/Pacific (12 percent), Latin America (8 percent) and Canada (2 percent).  JBT sells its FoodTech products to more than 100 countries.



    Since its inception, the company has delivered more than 40,000 pieces of food processing equipment, which includes more than 8,000 industrial freezers, 2,200 industrial citrus juice extractors, 3,000 industrial sterilization systems and 8,500 coating systems.  JBT has also delivered the largest volume of cargo loaders (more than 9,500), passenger boarding bridges (more than 7,900) and aircraft de-icers (more than 4,700).  The company has also sold more than 2,200 mobile passenger steps, more than 2,000 cargo transporters and more than 1,800 tow tractors.


    Financial Performance

    In 2016, e reached $1.3 billion in revenues, up 22% versus 2015’s strong performance. The increase comprised of 9 percent organic growth and 13 percent growth from acquisitions. Segment operating profit, margins and diluted earnings per share (EPS) also grew significantly year over year, the latter by a robust 21%.


    Our Food and Aero segments both contributed to JBT’s strong 2016 results. Full-year food business revenues were up by 28%, with segment operating profit increasing by 33% compared with 2015. AeroTech’s full-year revenues and operating profi t grew by 10% and 18% respectively versus the previous year.




    It is the policy of JBT Corporation to provide equal opportunity for qualified persons and not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law at the JBT Corporation location to which this application is submitted.  In addition, as a Federal Government contractor, JBT Corporation is an affirmative action employer. EOE-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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