Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day. Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace. Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ?
The Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for overseeing quality and driving continuous improvement for our Fort Madison, IA manufacturing operation. The Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager has 3-shift operation responsibility executing the Scotts Quality Management System, managing the Analytical testing Lab, addressing and resolving quality issues, driving continuous improvement, and ensuring all products meet specifications prior to release for shipment. The Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager reports into corporate quality, but also acts as an extended member of the Fort Madison or Santa Rosa plant leadership team.
In this role you will:
Develop and implement quality and continuous improvement strategy for each manufacturing site.
Lead a team of 8. Review current skill sets/determine developmental needs of direct reports to maintain a technically competent staff.
Monitor compliance of facility against relevant regulations and the Scotts Quality Management System (in-process testing, product analysis, lot labeling, etc.). Develop action plans to address any gaps through implementation or refinement of operating procedures.
Identify, design, and implement innovative continuous improvement initiatives to improve plant production efficiencies.
Champion efforts to drive out manufacturing variation by analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and leading implementation of appropriate short and long-term solutions
Participate in development and prioritization of capital requests
Create and deliver training to develop continuous improvement skills at all levels of the organization
Document internal and vendor related quality issues and work to define root cause and corrective actions that eliminate recurrence.
Define the costs of poor quality and develop solutions to reduce them.
Review SAP QM data, QINs, and Voice of the Consumer data to identify issues and opportunities for improvement.
Coordinate and assist in the completion of production trials.
Manage the quality assurance activities of the Analytical Testing Labs and that analytical equipment is properly maintained, capable of supporting plant operations, and has records up to date and in compliance with Corporate, State, and Federal Regulatory Requirements
Ensure that safe practices, operating guidelines, and standard operating procedures are adhered to.
Provide work products that are accurate, complete and appropriate to the target audience.
Ensure proficient and timely communication of data to business partners.
The perfect person will have:
Bachelor’s degree in Quality Management, Engineering, Chemistry or related sciences.
Knowledge and expertise in analytical and quality management.
Minimum 5 to 10 years experience in a similar role with a focus on experience in a manufacturing setting.
Recognized technical abilities and practical experience with strong capabilities in the following areas:
Self motivated, results-oriented and ability to build productive relationships.
Ability to work in an ambiguous and fast paced environment.
Theory/functionality of manufacturing systems and unit operations
Continuous improvement techniques (Lean, TPM, Root Cause Analysis, Quick Changeover/SMED, Process Centerlines)
Statistics and analytical methods, Process measurement and control
Demonstrated leadership experience managing multiple continuous improvement projects in a collaborative environment
Exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships across a network of sites and corporate support functions
Proven ability to handle changing priorities while maintaining a sense of urgency
Strong business acumen, with a solid record of leading change and delivering results
What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):
A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry
Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage
First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)
13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy
Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)
Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals
Additional Salary Information: Eligible for 15% Annual Bonus
Internal Number: R6007
About Scotts Miracle-Gro
"We help people express themselves on their own piece of the Earth—and there is virtually no limit to how they do that." –Jim Hagedorn, Chairman and CEO
As one of America’s most trusted companies––one deeply rooted for generations in a sense of family–– we embrace our responsibility to create a better life for our associates and our consumers. We recognize our role in protecting the planet. And we see the importance of investing in tomorrow’s leaders, especially those who live in communities too often left behind. We do these things because, at our core, we believe that good can grow anywhere.
That’s why we’ve developed wellness programs that put the needs of our associates above the bottom line, why we strive to introduce 10 million kids to gardening within five years, why we’ve redesigned our products and application devices to work in concert with the environment and why we’ve committed to positively impacting the communities where we operate.
Our job is just beginning. Yes, we believe that good can grow anywhere. But at ScottsMiracle-Gro, we are committed to a world in which we GroMoreGood. Together.