• Continuous Improvement Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Job ID 2019-1137
    # of Openings
  • Overview


    We're Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the plant-powered food and beverage company of the future. Our mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. We're led by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, crafting, concocting and cold-brewing beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior Queen Califia, the goddess of bounty and abundance who ruled over the mythical island of California. We make our daily decisions using these five core values: Do, Learn Improve; Act Like an Owner; Challenge the Status Quo; The Bottle is Half Full; and Using our Sixth Sense (being conscious of our impact on others and the planet).

    In a snapshot:

    • Founded in 2010
    • 250+ full time staff and contracted employee
    • Headquarters in Downtown L.A. Arts District and Manufacturing in Bakersfield, CA
    • We believe in Shared Leadership where team members are heard and leadership is broadly distributed
    • We are committed to our people and to our communities' sustainability


    The Manager of Continuous Improvement is responsible for the “Lean Enterprise” program development and implementation. As part of Califia’s culture of continuous learning this person will be responsible for technical training design and implementation, coaching employees, and facilitating continuous improvement events throughout the company. In addition, the Manager of Continuous Improvement will lead problem solving and process improvement processes by defining problems, identifying gaps in performance, gathering data, providing solutions, implementing improvements, measuring results and ensuring changes are sustained.


    • Lead the cultural transformation to a Lean continuous improvement culture
    • Develop, implement, and maintain a Continuous Improvement Program based upon Lean principles that enhance all aspects of performance (customer value, quality, productivity, and safety)
    • Introduce and employ Continuous Improvement events to target and eliminate waste
    • Identify and train core group of Continuous Improvement leaders
    • Work with managers and supervisors to focus on Continuous Improvement activities within their areas of responsibility
    • Work closely with the Bakersfield Plant Leadership Team to establish sustainable Lean practices that empower employees, accelerate change, and enable team development
    • Serve as a change agent to challenge existing processes in place. Use data to communicate and support the opportunities that exist.
    • Utilize Lean Manufacturing tools to eliminate or reduce the 8 types of wastes
    • Facilitates Kaizen events to achieve specific goals of Continuous Improvement and teach others the principles of Lean
    • Formulates and recommends manufacturing processes and procedures, layout, and material handling methods
    • Provides advice, compiles data and determines probable costs for process improvement projects
    • Deliver incremental improvement on existing processes by spearheading creation and adoption of automated tools to help eliminate redundancy and human error while reducing cycle time and driving efficiency
    • Engage and influence stakeholders to remove barriers that impede successful improvement initiatives
    • Lead, teach, and train team members in continuous improvement techniques and processes. Coordinate formal training, onboarding, and mentoring programs for each team as needed.
    • Constantly seek and share best practices across the organization; seek out additional process improvement opportunities by leveraging best practices and information from other departments and teams
    • Other duties may also be assigned
    • Work weekends and off shifts when required



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
    • Five years related work experience
    • Six Sigma Black Belt Certified
    • Lean Certification
    • Proficient with Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodology, including: 6S, Visual Management, Value Stream mapping, Kaizen, Standard Work Design of Experiments and Statistical Process Control Analysis, etc.
    • Experience in communicating and positively influencing with all levels of the organization, both verbally and in writing
    • Experience training and coaching others on process improvement methods, Lean and Six Sigma Methodologies
    • Strong facilitation and Project Management skills and ability to lead cross-functional teams
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Proficient Use of MS Office Suite to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook
    • Proficient use of Minitab or other Advanced Statistical Software Program



    Califia Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Califia Farms is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



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