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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
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