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Lean Specialist

Lean Specialist

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Title: Lean Specialist

Location: Westchester, IL


Ingredion is hiring a Lean Specialist to assist with the implementation of Lean goals and strategies for improving the operations and processes within the North America Region. Partner with the NA business leaders, functions and teams on projects and work which advances a lean culture within the organization.


As a Lean Specialist, your responsibilities will include:

  • Support the execution of the Lean enterprise transformation initiative in coordination with the Director of Lean Enterprise Transformation.

  • Develop systems to track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Lean and Continuous Improvement projects and other team based initiatives.

  • Lead Lean projects that deliver process improvements and financially contribute to the business, leveraging the results throughout the organization.

  • Support functional Lean teams as required.

  • Conduct training at appropriate levels in support of lean specialists or team based projects.

  • Foster a data driven culture of Lean throughout NA Region.  

  • Support the development and maintenance of the Ingredion Lean Enterprise Playbook

  • Maintain and continue to expand personal knowledge of the Lean methodology and tools.

  • Assist in developing, maintaining, and updating training materials and coordinate the training efforts for lean specialists and lean practitioners.

  • Support ongoing development and maintenance of training materials for LSS belts.

  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams as well as site/functional leaders to identify initiatives and establish priorities based on NA business objectives.

  • Communicate the status and results of lean projects to key stakeholders.

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with and between team members, plants, support functions, etc.

  • Mentor, coach and train lean project team members to further develop capabilities and positive project outcomes.

The Lean Specialist position is well-suited for you if you:

    • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of a safe work environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams
    • Have the ability to work with and interact with all levels of the organization.
    • Have the strong ability to foster positive relationships with and between team members, plants, support functions and functional groups.
    • Are a self-starter with strong leadership skills and a high degree of integrity.
    • Have strong planning, organizing and time management skills.
    • Are capable of managing and mentoring remotely on a regular basis.
    • Are capable of leading and sponsoring a data oriented environment with an emphasis on statistics, process improvement, and data analysis.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, STEM, or another technical field

  • Willing to travel up to 30%

  • Knowledge of Corn Wet Milling or other unit-based operations a plus.

  • Leverages understanding of the business operating environment and customer needs to deliver results effectively and within budget.

  • Consistently focuses on achieving strong results, despite balancing multiple, complex demands.

  • Eagerly implements improvements by keeping an open mind and actively incorporating changes.

  • Proactively helps others and responds to their business needs to build strong working relationships.

  • Seeks opportunities (training, projects, etc.) that develop knowledge and skills to become a stronger contributor.

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in operations, a technical, or a business role.

  • Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams

  • Ability to work with and interact with all levels of the organization.


Relocation Available?            No

Job Grade:                              F                          


If you are inspired by professional challenges and the rewards that come from a high level of performance, then Ingredion is the company for you. At Ingredion you can be a member of a globally connected team inspired to achieve great things.


We believe in the power of our people to work together to seize opportunities, overcome obstacles and exceed expectations. Each day, individuals make a meaningful difference in the quality of our products and the success of our technology and operations and, in turn, the quality of life for consumers.

A career at Ingredion combines the benefits and professional opportunities afforded a $7 billion leader in our industry with the dynamic environment and team-driven culture you’d expect in a much smaller company.  Despite its global scope and the advancement opportunities that come with it, Ingredion has the intimacy of a mid-size company, one where different perspectives are sought and where relationships matter.