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Pactiv Evergreen Mgr, Continuous Improvement 1 in St Charles, Illinois

Pactiv Evergreen Inc.(NASDAQ: PTVE) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of fresh foodservice and food merchandising products and fresh beverage cartons in North America and certain international markets. It supplies its products to a broad and diversified mix of companies, including full service restaurants and quick service restaurants, foodservice distributors, supermarkets, grocery and healthy eating retailers, other food stores, food and beverage producers, food packers and food processors. To learn more about the company, please go to the company website at

St. Charles is a city in DuPage and Kane counties in the state of Illinois. It lies roughly 40 miles west of Chicago on Illinois Route 64. As of the 2010 census the population was 32,974, and as of 2019 the population had decreased to an estimated 32,887.

The plant was built in 1969, manufactures Paper Cartons and Cups, and has approximately 200 employees. It is proud to have received the Environmental Excellence Award for 6 years in a row.

Pactiv Evergreen is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Pactiv Evergreen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics or statuses protected by law. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please call (847) 482-4320 or email

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  • Assist the Continuous Improvement Manager in the rollout of the Pactiv Evergreen Production System (PEPS) and train all Line Operators and Maintenance employees on the PEPS methodology.

  • Assist onsite Continuous Improvement Manager auditing the facility against PEPS to ensure growth and sustainability. Assist Training Coordinator to train all associates in the PEPS methodology.

  • Identify all PEPS training gaps in the facility; coordinate and execute on training gaps.

  • Lead PEPS processes across multiple departments; serves as Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support training within a department.

  • Conduct regular audits of lines to ensure waste reduction.

  • Write projects that ensure substantial cost savings utilizing Lean Tools.

  • Attend daily Tier Meetings to report to leadership training and CI opportunities within the facility.

  • Schedule and Lead all Kaizen activities in the facility.

  • Motivates, trains and develops employees to effectively perform their jobs utilizing PEPS methodology.

  • Drive targeted, sustainable improvement in Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost.

  • Provide training for hourly teammates and ensure that the employees understand and comprehend the lean projects. Teach others to lead improvement efforts, including training on effective tools for successful project leadership.

  • Has knowledge in the areas of: 5S, SMED, TPM, VSM, PDCA or equivalent, A3 Problem Solving.

  • Ensure adherence to Lean Methodology, including Kaizen, Standard Work, Daily Management, Layered Audit Process and Business Plan development to eliminate waste.


  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to Business, Engineering or Packaging Industry or 3+ years of lean experience in various, complex manufacturing environment; or equivalent combination of both education and experience.

  • Experience with Lean Processes, Automation and SAP strongly preferred.

  • Experience Leading Kaizen events strongly preferred.

  • Project management skills are required; as they will often be required to work on several improvement projects simultaneously.

  • Must have Microsoft Office experience with advanced Excel Skills.

Key Competencies:

  • Safety - Demonstrates a safety first mindset in all situations.

  • Leadership - A leader who will have instant credibility and is able to motivate, and retain well-qualified individuals of diverse talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds. Must have the leadership presence to energize, drive and lead the teams, and to be a natural center of gravity in the business.

  • Operations Acumen - Outstanding business judgment and a proven ability to manage effectively in tough situations, balancing intelligent risk with the need to secure the base of the plant business.

  • Top Talent/Team Development - Has developed a personal coaching/mentoring relationship with teams and delegates key initiatives to accelerate their personal growth.

  • Learning agility/growth mindset–Demonstrates the ability and willingness to listen and learn. Believes that their own capacities and talents can be improved over time.

  • Cost Effectiveness - Broad-based process improvement leadership experience in complex businesses is essential. A proven ability to develop, lead, and culturally drive an environment of high productivity and cost effectiveness. Cost savings through improved efficiency is a critical focus area.

  • Collaborative/Decisive Style - Operates with a management style that encourages and facilitates open dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders across the plant.

  • Critical Thinking - Able to work in uncharted areas. Capable of integrating and processing large amounts of information to address complex issues. Challenges conventional wisdom when required. Intellectually aggressive with a strong end-product orientation.

  • Interpersonal - Able to quickly establish and maintain excellent interpersonal relationships across all levels of the plant. Creates a team atmosphere with internal staff while achieving key objectives. Maintains positive, professional relationships with external contacts.

  • Organization - Able to operate independently. Manages time well, follows through on commitments, and pays attention to details. Able to work on several projects simultaneously.

  • Maturity - Able to provide a good balance of risk taking and judgment. Is assertive and confident. Recognizes when help is needed because of lack of pertinent knowledge. Relies on and delegates to peers and direct reports in an appropriate and productive fashion.

  • Strategy/Vision - Able to serve as a key strategic partner with Plant leadership team on plant vision and direction. A strategic thinker, capable of thought leadership with respect to people management with the ability to communicate and translate these thoughts into actionable programs.

  • Ethics - Able to demonstrate unquestionable integrity, credibility, and character. Has demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.

  • Results Driven - Ability to focus on plant growth, financial performance, and achievement of established plant targets.

  • Teamwork & Collaboration - Builds rapport and collaborates effectively across the plant, and fosters an environment of open and transparent communication.

  • Integrity & Trust - Demonstrates honest, respectful, and trustworthy behaviors when engaging with all employees and stakeholders, and achieves stated work obligations.