Training Manager - Manufacturing (Remote)


This position can be located remotely, with the ability to travel to any one of the four plants located in Kent, Washington, Effingham, Illinois, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, or Manhattan, Kansas to best support training in each plant.

About the Position

If you are a Training and Development Professional and have a proven record for improving outcomes of Key Performance Metrics in a Manufacturing Environment by driving best practice learning systems, then let's talk.

This position is responsible for ensuring the proper structure and technical, leadership, and compliance programs are in place to provide the skills and competencies needed to eliminate or greatly reduce loss associated with human error or gaps in knowledge, skill, or capabilities in safety, quality, or production by building modern instructional design systems, coaching and talent management systems, processes, and practices.

This position will play an integral role on the Company's TPM Resource Team, providing input into the ongoing design and implementation of Continental Mill's productivity and improvement activities. The position will also drive the integration and partnership with all Pillars to ensure we maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to continue the successful evolution of our TPM journey. This position will also partner and maintain synergy with our Corporate H.R. team regarding Company policy and processes.

Essential Functions

Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
  • Facilitate learning programs utilizing a variety of instructional design techniques.
  • Provides tools, processes, and systems to support tactical planning and tracking for technical training at each site. Partner with HR and TPM leadership on broader training plans and processes.
  • Optimize the use of our Learning Management System as an essential tool within the Learning and Development process and for training tracking within manufacturing.
  • Create reports, dashboards, and metrics to capture insights into the effects of manufacturing L&D programs.
  • Provides strategy, direction, guidance and execution of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of best practice training, learning, and development programs in manufacturing.
  • Lead the Education & Training Pillar team in the development of tools, processes, and systems.
  • Define resources needed to provide best-practices training and development from SOJT to digital platform solutions. Leverages best practices and ensures consistency between sites.
  • Supports internal plant, inter-plant, and corporate-wide initiatives, including developing synergies and leveraging business opportunities to optimize manufacturing operations.
  • Partners with Corporate Talent Development Manager on corporate led L&D initiatives.
  • Coordinate FIERCE Management initiatives within Manufacturing. Coordinating efforts systematically across all sites.
  • Maintain Pillar library to ensure all tools, processes, and systems are readily accessible by all team members
  • Support the growth and development of the Plant Training Coordinators.

Position Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Instructional Design, Talent Management, or Master Trainer Certificate (or similar) is highly preferred.
  • Systemic problem solver, implementing solutions to solve root cause problems.
  • Creates an environment that encourages and rewards teamwork and collaboration, both internally and externally.
  • Able to handle multiple, complex priorities and balance the needs of each according to business impact.
  • Understands Instructional Design, adult learning principles, creating a culture of learning, and driving results through learning and development.
  • In depth knowledge of Learning and Development technology
  • Strong business and technical skills across all functions within a manufacturing environment.
  • Experienced and proficient at coaching, motivating, and mentoring at all levels of the Organization
  • Uses updated technology and digital resources to track, document, and deliver training.
  • Must value coaching as ongoing support of our team members in the work environment.
  • Sets expectations, tracks and communicates results, and creates environment for accountability for results and actions.
  • Strong facilitation, written and oral communication skills. Excellent listener.
  • Effective in small and large group sessions. Provides facilitation skills development for CI Team Leads.
  • Conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization and through proper channels.
  • Can provide leadership, decisiveness, and influence. Communicate effectively.
  • Creative and change-oriented Continuous Improvement process skills. Strong ability to learn and embrace new and challenging concepts.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to influence team members at all levels.
  • The position will be required to travel to support our manufacturing Sites as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities

The position may have the potential to grow into a "people" leader role, in which the incumbent would be required to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities would then include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience:
  • College degree in Learning and Development, Manufacturing, Business, or Leadership or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years of successful experience positively affecting metrics through Learning & Development in a manufacturing environment.
  • Proven track-record of coaching and developing skills within people across all levels of the organization.
  • Food manufacturing background preferred.
  • Experience in a variety of manufacturing areas (production, engineering, Q.A., logistics) within consumer products.
  • TPM experience preferred, specifically in an Education & Training Pillar leadership role. (Six Sigma, Lean experience is beneficial to the position)

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone along with reaching. Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work. Moderate noise, ability to work in a confined area, and ability to sit at a computer for an extended period are also included.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

The policy of Continental Mills, Inc. is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

The policy of The Krusteaz Company is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.
  • A people-focused company that cares​: We're a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.
  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower than average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.
  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.
  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:
  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $85,564 to $141,173. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training, and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.

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