Process / Continuous Improvement Manager
A process manager or a continuous improvement manager facilitates process improvement plans within a division or throughout a company.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Identify and document business and gap analysis for workflow
- Develop and implement business improvement strategies
- Coordinate and manage key process improvement/change projects (e.g. launch new products)
- Facilitate business process re-engineering within and across divisions
- Communicate to the business and stakeholders on projects and initiatives
- Make recommendations for change, involving process redesign and business case development
- Ensure efficient and effective resource use at the lowest cost
- Ensure accurate and organized process documentation in procedures, paperwork and computer business systems
- Prepare and present annual process review documents
- Supervise product quality by adherence to product and packaging specifications, sanitation and inspection
- Ensure ongoing coaching, development and training of team members for a productive work environment
- Establish measurable criteria to ensure desired results are obtained; provide management with updates via tracking reports on project progress
- Align process goals with company’s key initiatives/accountabilities
- Assist with identification of hard and soft training needs; identify potential workforce training grants
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in engineering, operations management or business management is typically required.
To pursue a career as an Process / Continuous Improvement Manager:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences, business and computer courses, personal finance, and advanced mathematics.
Where can I work?
Process/continued improvement managers most often work for medium to large-scale agricultural companies and manufacturers as well as research firms.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a continuous improvement manager will be great over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- Association for Manufacturing Excellence
- The Association of Business Process Management International
- Business Process Management Institute