Director, Manufacturing Excellence (Remote)

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Posted 6 days ago United States Salary undisclosed
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Job Description

The Director, Manufacturing Excellence will play a critical role in transforming Central Garden & Pet into a world class leader of manufacturing, performance and efficiencies. Reporting to the Vice President of Operational Excellence, the Director Manufacturing Excellence is responsible for leading, directing, and managing continous improvement across the enterprise to advance bussiness performance, resulting in cost, quality, performance and efficiency improvements. They will lead multidisciplinary teams through improvement processes that require data collection, anaylsis, evaluation, planning, execution, and follow up. In addition, the Director, Manufacturing Excellence will lead gap analysis, root cause analysis, five why, pareto, and PDCA cycle with standard tools and processes.


  • Apply and teach continuous improvement tools and processes including lean, business process tools, metrics and management routines, and standard methods and processes.
  • Support the delivery of breakthrough results in key operational metrics (TRIR, fill rate, Net productivity, OEE etc.)
  • Provide analysis, recommendations for improvement, reporting, and technical support to managers and employees on cross functional improvement teams, to help develop and coach continuous improvement of operational performance capability.
  • Lead the implementation and supports the governance of operational performance systems including short and long-term target setting and results management processes via a zero loss PDCA culture.
  • Support the execution of the manufacturing road map in line with the Central to Home ambition including the standard package of operational technology solutions (standard maintenance software, QMS, safety, training systems etc.).
  • Support and coach functional leaders to deliver expected results in each of the key process areas
  • Support the action plan development and execution of each BU's Operational Excellence master plan, translating it into actions and activities.


The ideal candidate will be a world-class manufacturing excellence leader who can drive step change improvement in performance across a vast, complex supply chain. This individual will have demonstrated capability to drive, teach, and coach manufacturing excellence tools and methodology, including but not limited to TPM, Lean Manufacturing, PDCA, Pareto Analysis, Gap Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, Cost Analysis, Action Planning, and Project Management. The successful candidate must bring a track record of significant accomplishments from world class manufacturing companies, incorporating TPM and lean six sigma tools and processes and have the ability to lead a manufacturing organization through a significant change management project using influencing skills. Specific requirements include:

  • Viewed as an expert in their field and as a trusted partner by the business units that they serve, working to solve challenges within the business unit
  • Extensive experience as a multisite manufacturing excellence leader within a global business, preferably FMCG. They must have the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and engage the team through expertise and coaching
  • Must have deep proven knowledge of TPM, Lean Manufacturing, PDCA, Pareto Analysis, Gap Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, Cost Analysis, Action Planning, and Project Management and has demonstrated experience with leading a manufacturing plant to operational excellence
  • Excellent leadership credentials including coaching skills with an ability to inspire, lead, and influence
  • Proven change agent, action oriented, and results driven
  • Bachelor's degree, required (preferably in Engineering or in Business/Operations/SC Management)

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position; we would highlight the following:

Business Acumen

  • Deep experience working within an organization known for world-class TPM/WCM programs is a must. Strong operational management experience within a world-class FMCG business is critical.

Executing for Results

  • Demonstrate strong management skills, drive, and an expectation to "roll up their sleeves" to do the work to get the job done in partnership with the business unit or corporate segment leadership to achieve the highest standards of performance.

Leading Teams

  • Previous line management experience as a multi-site operations lead is a must. They have the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and engage the team through their enthusiasm, support, and excitement about the business.

Building Relationships and Using Influence

  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are required of the successful candidate. They must quickly establish credibility within business units and people at all levels of the organization.


  • Office and Manufacturing / Distribution environment
  • 50% travel required

At Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT and CENTA), we believe home is at the center of our lives, and our employees are driven by our purpose to nurture happy and healthy homes. Our company is made up of thousands of people across North America, with an emerging footprint across the U.K., Mexico, China and Canada - all dedicated to helping gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier and communities grow stronger. We are united by our mission to lead the future of the garden and pet industries one blade of grass and one wagging tail at a time. Visit our website at to learn more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.