Ferrara, a company related to The Ferrero Group, is an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories. A passionate team of more than 6,000 employees works together to share delight in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the industry for more than 100 years.

Manufacturing Reliability Site Resource Continuous Improvement Specialist

Job Location: ​Louisville​

Want to make an impact?

The Manufacturing Reliability Site Resource will drive site initiative to improve OEE and deliver cost savings through building capability in Lean/TPM methodologies.
Key Relationships: Will interact with all levels of the plant (management, supervisors, and hourly employees) in communication and capability building.

Ways you will make a difference


  • Supervises loss analysis, ideation sessions and small team activities to deliver cost savings.
  • Deploys Lean/TPM strategic methodologies, systems, and tools, such as Autonomous Maintenance, Reliability Maintenance, BDE, SMED, Problem Solving, Green Belt/Black Belt Project, Value Stream Mapping, etc. to deliver site OEE and cost saving goals.
  • Use Lean/TPM tools to support project ideation and diagnostics and to track projects for visibility.
  • Provide tracking and regular communication for various plant functions and teams regarding Manufacturing Reliability progresses.
  • Integrate system health and project monitoring into current Lean/TPM structure (Pillar meetings, Daily Direction Meetings) to ensure sustainability of improvements.
  • Identify and troubleshoot chronic and sporadic losses through data analysis by collaborating with hourly personnel and supervisors.
  • Drive losses to zero using Statistical Process Control, Six Sigma and other Lean/TPM principles
  • Utilize LEAN/TPM (Reliability Maintenance) systems and tools to deliver a reduction in breakdowns
  • Drive restoration to base condition of bottleneck equipment through Autonomous Maintenance and Reliability Maintenance execution (CILs, Centerlines, Defect Handling, 5S, Visual Management, etc.).
  • Build capability in the Reliability Maintenance Pillar team to effectively plan, schedule, and execute work; install and sustain the Breakdown Elimination and equipment classification systems.
  • Identify and implement technology improvements.
  • Build capability by developing and executing training for operations, leadership and plant associates on LEAN/TPM methodologies, systems and tools.
  • Support plant implementation of Autonomous Maintenance and Reliability Maintenance by coaching supervisors/ managers to ensure their capability work teams.
  • Promote a change of culture within the group/site – especially at the front line level

Skills that will make you successful


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management or related 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to plan and manage priorities
  • Demonstrated problem-soling and analytical skills
  • Manage complexity
  • Ability to lead cross functional teams across all levels of the organization

Experiences that will support your success


  • Experience leading continuous improvement projects (Six Sigma, Lean/TPM, IWS, HPO)
  • Past experience in Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Experience in leading capital and/or maintenance projects

Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands includes SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, BRACH'S®, Black Forest® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots® and Now and Later®. Ferrara also manages the Keebler® and Famous Amos® businesses for The Ferrero Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Ferrara has an operational network of 20 locations in North America that includes manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities. Learn more at www.ferrarausa.com.


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