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US Foods Local Continuous Improvement Leader - Salem, MO in Salem, Missouri

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The Local CI Leader will demonstrate leadership in CI, communicating business goals, programs, and processes for their Market/DC. In this role, you will utilize your experience and management expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and Field Performance Teams, and effect short-term and some long-term business goals through leadership of multiple projects, work streams, and partnership within your Market/DC via CI tools.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and direction to Field Performance Teams empowered to execute the Process Improvement strategy for efficiency, ease of doing business and overall cost savings.

  • Deliver breakthrough levels of improvement in process capability and process efficiency with a focus on EASY

  • Lead Performance Teams driving designs and business processes to reduce defects and attain world-class levels of quality

  • Mentor team members in the use of CI tools (TQM, TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, VSM, etc.)

  • Work with VPO, Regional CI Leader and Field Performance Teams to uncover and assess CI opportunities for US Foods

  • In conjunction with the Regional CI Leader, Field and Safety Performance Teams serve as a change agent in institutionalizing CI, ease of doing business, 6S, and quality.

  • Constantly seek, share, and implement best practices

  • Apply CI tools to improve process capability and eliminate defects and waste

  • Lead and facilitate cross-functional project teams

  • Communicate teams’ progress to Champions and Business Leaders

  • Identify potential CI projects whenever and wherever possible

  • Influence without authority

  • Deal with ambiguity

  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities/time management

  • Multi-task on projects


  • Minimum of 2 years of team leadership experience in operations, manufacturing, distribution or supply chain

  • Ability to travel the minimum of 10% of the time to include air and/or driving and may include overnight stays

  • Minimum of one year of experience with facilitating employee training sessions

  • Minimum of one year of experience leading, coordinating or assisting with operational projects to include waste reduction, improved efficiency, TQM, TPS, safety, etc.


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college required

  • The ability to become a US Foods Certified Green Belt within six months of hire date


  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others and achieve results

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; statistically literate and familiar with process improvement tools (TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, VSM, etc.)

  • Demonstrated commitment to process improvement

  • Customer-focused in defining quality and establishing priorities

  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills



EOE* Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status*


We're continually updating our safety procedures and taking every measure to ensure the protection of our candidates, associates and customers. Our workplace safety efforts include using sanitized interview rooms, social distancing, providing masks and gloves and sanitizing truck cab interiors. We also have COVID-19 Wellness Checks for anyone entering our facilities and safety barriers in select locations in our production facilities. To help our customers make it in this challenging time, we’re providing robust support including webinars, one-on-one consults with our experts and detailed reopening materials.

US Foods is proud to have donated $10 million in food to help with COVID-19 relief efforts to help our local communities make it. Learn more here .

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 employees and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

US Foods may collect personal information from you in connection with the application process. US Foods complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and its policy may be found here (https://www.usfoods.com/content/dam/usf/pdf/Policies/HR/USF_CCPA_policy.pdf) .

US Foods, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EEO is the Law poster is available here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

EEO is the Law poster supplement is available here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf) .

Pay Transparency policy statement is available here (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf) .

US Foods is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the interview process or to perform essential job functions, please contact our US Foods Application Accommodation Line at 866-960-5886. You will be prompted to leave a message. Please state the specifics of the assistance needed and your contact information. A member of our HR department will return your call within two business days.