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WestRock Company Continuous Improvement Manager in Clinton, Iowa

The Opportunity:

At WestRock Clinton Folding Carton we are creating a team culture of shared success. We don’t believe specific industry experience is as important as your attitude and desire to positively impact our organization. Do you have experience leading people? Is it your desire to increase both customer and corporate confidence in your areas of responsibility and beyond? If you have solid relationship building skills, an attitude for winning together, and a desire to lead for success, we encourage you to consider joining our team.

We have an opportunity for a Continuous Improvement Manager to join Clinton Folding and take responsibility for overall plant improvements from safety, personnel, quality, production, and equipment in support of the Performance Excellence pillars. We are a high-volume folding carton environment with many moving parts and people. The basic job duties for a Continuous Improvement Manager are as follows:

Coordinates the development of Clinton’s Performance Excellence (PE) continuous improvement management system.

Leads monthly PE pillar engagements.

Works with and develops PE pillars, sub pillars and pillar members in alignment with the plant steering team.

Facilitates plant steering team meetings.

Is the plant contact for divisional CI personnel.

Shares capital planning responsibilities with the EEM pillar.

Sets and achieves challenging breakthrough goals for self and projects

Assists various department managers in maintaining an effective work environment. .

Interfaces effectively with customers as required.

Collates and analyzes performance data and charts against defined parameters.

Maintains awareness of business context and company profitability, including budgetary control issues.

Provides assistance to the General Manager as requested.

Leads process improvement projects/ initiatives in manufacturing.

Responsible for creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the triple constraint for projects, which are cost, time, and scope.

Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, safety rules, security procedures and instructions.

Performs all duties according to established safety policy, including wearing all required PPEs to perform duties.

What You Need for Success:


Candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent GED.

5 to 10 years work related experience in a folding carton manufacturing environment and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience with plant organization and layout, material flows, and process design.

Experience with process improvement and LEAN Manufacturing Processes is a must, Six Sigma a plus.


Strong Leadership / Coaching ability.

Understanding team-based management principles and vision a must.

Passion and sense of urgency for executing performance improvement projects and leveraging best practices across the organization

Project Management experience leading large projects or multiple client projects.

Demonstrated leader who can effectively challenge, influence and build consensus within the organization.

Demonstrated ability to use, teach and coach others on statistical, analytical, facilitation, and change acceleration tools

Detail knowledge of plant operations is required

Ability to understand and apply department policies and procedures

Good oral and written communication skills to effectively interact in person or otherwise with management, other employees, and external or internal customers or service providers.

Must have a very good knowledge of all MS Office applications.

Strong attention to detail a must.

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals.

Strong understanding of converting & warehousing production equipment.

Continuous Improvement tools knowledge and experience

What We Offer:

Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence.

Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities.

An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential.

A career with a global packaging company where Safety, Sustainability and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.


WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.