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Passion is the pulse of Purina. You don’t have to be a pet owner, but you must be able to find your square – find passion in the work you do, the people you encounter and the opportunities you experience. Within our walls, you’ll discover ways to do what’s never been done before, and you’ll do it with integrity and expertise. Your relentless pursuit to break boundaries, pioneer new brands and revolutionize the bond between pets and people will help you fit right in. Working together, #WeStandTaller.

ME Manager

Job Number 18008416 Company Nestle Purina PetCare Company Location Maricopa, California


Our Maricopa factory, located just 40 miles southwest of Bakersfield, California, uses its radiating sunshine for drying clay during our mining operations – an innovative solution which has led to substantial reductions in the energy needs for our industrial dryers. This factory is proud to feature one of North America’s most energy efficient industrial cogeneration systems, which powers nearly 82 percent of the plant’s electrical usage. For 50 years, brands like Tidy Cats® have combined the highest quality ingredients and science to even the most disposable products. Constant innovation and a safe work environment – years without a Lost Time Accident, in fact – are just a few of the reasons the average tenure for our associates is 10+ years, meaning you’ll be learning from leaders in the industry.   

As the Manufacturing Excellence Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the analysis of market-level losses (in terms of dollars or against key performance indicators) and facilitating the project prioritization and selection process using DMAIC (6 Sigma) and SMED methodologies for factory improvement.  You will also support the deployment of Manufacturing Excellence activities across the factory including industrial engineering functions, capacity management, standards oversight, and other miscellaneous projects etc. As the Manufacturing Excellence Manager, you have strong links to Nestle Continued Excellence, including ad-hoc coaching & assessment support for factory Focus Improvement (FI) pillars.

  • Supports deployment of Operations Performance and Focused Improvement activities 
  • Provides analytical support for loss analysis and project prioritization/selection process
  • Leads the execution of DMAIC, SMED, Continuous Improvement and other Lean Manufacturing projects
  • Monitor and coordinate the overall establishment of NCE Pillars in the factory
  • Report to relevant stakeholders within own factory and in the region about the progress and status of NCE
  • Act as a Change Agent, promoting the vision and the path to Manufacturing Excellence



  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 3+ years’ experience managing Continuous Improvement projects in a manufacturing environment

  • 1+ years’ leadership experience  (military experience applicable)
  • Lean Six Sigma, DMAIC, Kaizen or TPM experience in a manufacturing environment

To our veterans andseparated service members—you’re at the forefront of our minds as we recruittop talent to join Nestlé Purina. The skills you’ve gained while serving ourcountry, such as adaptability, agility, and leadership, are much like theskills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you’ll considersharing in our mission—you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to callNestlé Purina home.


The Nestle companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran

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