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Continuous Improvement Manager


Indianapolis, IN, US, 46256

Job ID:  39464
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  5874
Talent Area:  Manufacturing

An application to this position will keep you in consideration for all continuous improvement opportunities throughout the North America Glass Packaging business.


Role Description:

Creating a continuous improvement culture in the plant by implementing the Ardagh LSS strategy including identifying improvement opportunities, coach and train employees/management on LSS tools and behavior to support achieving the plant KPI’s. This role will responsibility for continuous improvement activities in the plant, LSS project mentoring and to drive LSS project closure in timeline. This role is a member of the plant management team (department manager level) for influencing plant approached positively in data driven decision taking and structured analysis. To take a leading role for the PPW´s supporting the plant manager, driving benchmarking approaches and plant strategy for continuous improvement.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) strategy in the plant in line with the Ardagh Group LSS strategy
  • Act as internal auditor for LSS audits as part of cross sites approach
  • Deliver LSS Tool training (including Modular Training) and deliver Belt project mentoring towards Certification in the plant in specific timeline
  • Steer plant goal deployment process and identify opportunities for improvements based on plant targets (KPI’s)
  • To be the plant specialist regarding all relevant data sources and drive statistical analysis approaches, coach management team using statistics correct and effectively
  • Coach the plant management team towards a LSS culture. Coach and lead multi-disciplinary project teams on plant level, drive LSS project closure in specific timeline and make sure improvements tracked accordingly.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Engineering / Technical degree or Business degree with technical interest/understanding
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt with proven working knowledge of the Lean Tools
  • Must be open to relocation
  • Self-motivated and passionate about continuous improvement
  • Hands-on experience in applying LSS tools
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to motivate and develop others
  • Computer literate in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, JMP Analytical Software, Minitab. Group applications as SAP and Business Warehouse

About Ardagh Group

Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then we have grown rapidly to a team of more than 16,000 people with revenues of almost $7 billion. Today we have a presence across Europe and the Americas.

  • Did you know that Ardagh produce many of the beverage cans and bottles you drink your favourite beverages from?
  • Did you know we produce metal and glass packaging which are permanent materials, meaning they can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality?
  • Did you know we produce more than 160 million containers per day?


Ardagh is passionate about sustainability and have a reputation for innovation. We push the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact whilst remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.


We believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential, and where their achievements are celebrated.


Here at Ardagh, we offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for talented and creative people. If you have ambition and want to make an impact with your career, come and join our team, you’ll enjoy the journey!


Ardagh Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis