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ADM Continuous Improvement Leader in Clinton, Iowa


Job Title:

Continuous Improvement Leader


Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description:

Continuous Improvement Leader - Clinton, IA

Job Summary

The Continuous Improvement Leader is charged with leading diverse teams to identify and solve opportunities within the manufacturing process which improve various metrics, including personal safety, process safety, food safety, cost, efficiency, and throughput. and profitability.

Essential Job Functions

  • Build a strong culture of continuous improvement and Root Cause Analysis

  • Evaluate and rank improvement ideas, develop improvement projects, and drive projects to a successful implementation.

  • Lead diverse teams of supervisors, operators, engineers, mechanics, and technical experts to evaluate the process and technical gaps of the plant, supporting them to structure and deliver improvement projects.

  • Engage department colleagues on Continuous improvement concepts, developing a more autonomous and knowledgeable operations team.

  • Lead and support root cause investigations into safety, mechanical, and process performance failures to develop meaningful and effective countermeasures.

  • Actively contribute to the development and successful implementation of SMS tools.

  • Communicate initiative progress and status, both verbally and in presentation-form, to multiple levels in the organization.


  • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physical Science, or equivalent work experience.

  • 2+ years of experience in a production environment of food processing or similar industry.

  • Demonstrated success in building/transforming CI within a manufacturing department.

  • Excellent communication skills – both oral and written, listening and teamwork skills.

  • Ability to configure and utilize or willingness to learn about databases, data structures, and cloud architectures.

  • Lifting or carrying of weights over 50 lbs is rare. Employees are encouraged to request assistance in lifting or carrying objects that weigh more than 50 lbs.

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About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at





Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of 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.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM. (


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).

  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.

  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).

Additional benefits include:

  • Paid time off including paid holidays.

  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.

  • Tuition assistance.

  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.

*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.