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Continuous Improvement Manager in Plastipak

The TPM Manager is responsible for leading the development and execution of TPM implementation plans to exceed the business objectives. This role is fundamental in supporting and leading TPM implementation, productivity improvement and loss elimination initiatives across the Plastipak manufacturing sites. Success is measured by the ability to actively engage our manufacturing sites to achieve tangible results and to educate teams in Waste Elimination and continuous improvement (CI) using Total Productive maintenance (TPM) methodology. The position will report to the VP of Operations.

  • This position will be working with a wide variety of corporate leadership, site leadership, site associates, outside vendors and contractors to drive improvement in Safety, Quality, Production Efficiency, Costs and Loss Reduction.

  • This position will implement the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) principles and Lean-Six Sigma capability tools to all of our manufacturing sites and work with the Site TPM Coordinators. Be the subject matter expert on TPM processes

  • This position will also have responsibility for supporting Autonomous Maintenance (AM) / Focused Improvement (FI) / Planned Maintenance (PM) / Early Management (EM)/ kaizen Teams.

  • Sharing best practices to drive results and capability development consistency

  • Provide technical leadership to our site leadership to effect improvement on production lines.

  • Understand and apply financial drivers and Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

  • Lead team to develop and maintain engineering competencies at the sites by coaching and mentoring to build capabilities.

  • Be the subject matter expert on TPM processes

  • Analyze reporting and communication of departmental key metrics related to maintenance systems, safety and environmental

  • Utilization of CI / Lean tools, processes and systems

  • Lead CI events through hands-on participation

  • Provide overall support, assistance, direction and communication to Management teams regarding TPM Initiatives


  • Bachelors Degree is required. An Engineering Degree is preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma experience is required. Black Belt Certification is preferred.

  • At least 2 years of industrial manufacturing experience, leading TPM implementation and continuous improvement projects required.

  • Experience leading technical resources to successfully maintain production line equipment to achieve high levels of productivity.

  • Must possess strong financial control skills to support plant efforts in successful cost and capital planning performance.

  • Solid analytical, problem solving, and technical troubleshooting skills

  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast paced environment

  • Self-starter and strong leadership skills

  • Must be able to communicate effectively to all levels of the organization

  • Ability to travel is required

PositionContinuous Improvement Manager
Job Category Management
Industry TypePlastic Manufacturing
Location of JobPlymouth, MI
Last Date to Apply07 December 2016
Desired Candidate's Profile

Plastipak Packaging is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of plastic rigid containers of the highest quality. Plastipak supports manufacturing operations throughout the United States, South America and Europe.

A Business Based on Ethical Standards

Plastipak operates by meeting expectations for ethical conduct as well as financial goals — all without compromising its integrity. Indeed, we have built a global business culture based on honor, openness and inclusion.As Plastipak expanded to include locations on three continents, respect for human dignity has remained fundamental to how the company conducts its business. We actively participate in the communities in which Plastipak associates work and live.With suppliers and customers in agreement, Plastipak works to meet high conservation standards while enhancing the health and safety of its employees and communities.Plastipak has aligned both its business and sustainability practices to create a culture of inclusion for associates throughout the company's international operations.

Supportive Environment

The Workplace
Plastipak's most important resource is our associates.
Plastipak operates with an appreciation for individual contributions and innovation. Plastipak associates contribute to:

  • Maintaining high performance in order to achieve outstanding customer service
  • Designing innovative products positioning Plastipak as a global leader in packaging
  • Improving communities where Plastipak has a presence

Plastipak does the following for associates:

  • Pays fair wages based on industry standards
  • Offers benefits such as health insurance, life insurance and paid vacations
  • Provides a safe work environment
  • Relates fairly and honestly with associates
  • Complies with the minimum age laws in all countries where it conducts business
  • Complies with all laws supporting workplace diversity

Open Communication

Mutually respectful and trusting relationships require open communication. Each associate must feel free to communicate opinions, share ideas and resolve problems in an environment that encourages and promotes opportunities for success and professional growth.Plastipak actively promotes open and honest communication as demonstrated by the company's “Open Line Communication System.” This system allows an associate to ask a question or voice a concern confidentially via the Corporate Talent Management Department.

Our Global Initiatives Thrive on Effective Management

As global producers of plastic containers, we have a responsibility from design to disposal to meet sustainability demands. Our sustainability initiatives are guided by a Bottle to Bottle approach to recycling.Plastipak holds itself accountable to stakeholders to run operations in an environmentally friendly manner for current and future generations. We have made that goal an inseparable part of our business plan.

Protecting the Environment

The impact of climate change and the threat to the environment from pollutants are too big to ignore, and Plastipak is doing everything possible to protect the future of the planet.The company is committed to social responsibility for environmental guardianship and its leadership in sustainability. Plastipak is meeting the goals set by the company's formal conservation plan.

Under this plan Plastipak has initiated a program to reduce compressed air leakage throughout all of our U.S. operations, achieve greater fuel economy, reduce volatile emissions and expand lightweighting programs to reduce the amount of plastic in each container. Plastipak engineers its source materials, technologies, transportation, distribution and recycling scenarios to fit customer sustainability requirements as well. 

Sustainability Means Engagement

Engagement is important to Plastipak. By engaging the hearts and minds of associates, Plastipak creates unique and sustainable packaging solutions for its customers. Consumers and corporations alike must be engaged in order to sustain the planet's resources.Such unified engagement has powerful, long-reaching effects. Participation in conservation initiatives has a positive impact on the economic, human and natural environments. 

A Modern Recycling Facility

Clean Tech's recycling processes focus on the effective management of the life cycle of plastic containers. Clean Tech’s highly qualified engineers design unique technologies to maximize plastic’s beneficial features throughout a product's life cycle and its subsequent lives as recycled material.

Clean Tech engineers follow company directives to reduce material use and weight, where feasible, which in turn yields lower energy and transportation costs. High material production standards are always met to ensure that recycled materials can stand up to quality package demands for maintaining product freshness.

Making Good Use of Recycled Materials

Plastipak uses the inherent resilience of plastics as a key resource for developing sensible, environmentally-friendly packaging lines.Plastics are flexible, durable and endlessly recyclable, permitting limitless use and reuse. The recyclable nature of plastics opens the way for Plastipak to construct its manufacturing to help reclaim bottles rather than only creating new plastics.Clean Tech provides the critical component of this system with its capability of recycling HDPE and PET bottles to produce highly useful post consumer materials.

We Reuse Our Own Recycled Materials
Plastipak's commitment to using renewable and recyclable materials along with reduced content is at the heart of its sustainability initiative. The company manufactures an array of containers for both food and non-food products using recycled plastic produced by Clean Tech. For instance, Clean Tech recycled material replaces at least 10% of the plastic content for a line of beverage bottles.

ExperienceAt least 2 years of industrial manufacturing experience, leading TPM implementation and continuous improvement projects required.
QualificationBachelors Degree is required. An Engineering Degree is preferred.
Contact Details
Contact NameHR
Contact Email erecruiting[at]plastipak.com
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