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Continuous Improvement Leader - Kankakee, IL-1702659

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world's leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, and are always working to form the best team-especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America's Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

The Continuous Improvement Leader position is responsible for leading large and complex continuous improvement projects using Lean and Six Sigma methodology to achieve the site's annual improvement opportunities and key activities. S/he will also serve as a subject matter expert on Lean Six Sigma methodology and will lead and mentor other employees. The person in this role will serve as a champion/leader with the responsibility to attain and document business results through the use of Lean manufacturing tools and DMAIC problem solving methodology that will enable the site to systematically improve performance.

Continuous Improvement Leader (1702659) - Kankakee, IL

Formula for Success: You Will…
- Ensure improvement is rolled out in an effective and sustainable way. You will drive these processes by working with Subject Matter Experts, Stakeholders, and Quality Management personnel. Providing monthly status reports via visual boards will ensure a real and effective continuous improvement process.
- Implement statistical process controls across all unit operations, statistical analysis, quality improvement processes/tools, and continuous improvement and lean manufacturing techniques.
- Lead and execute business critical projects using Lean Six Sigma tools.
- Design procedures aimed at improving efficiencies, reducing cost and variability, eliminating waste, and improving safety standards.
- Mentor and coach other Belt candidates towards completion and certification of their projects.
- Implement new processes and technologies through business improvement and Six Sigma initiatives aimed at progressing the site's manufacturing capabilities. This will include delivering specific improvement projects (e.g., engineering, reliability, safety, cost control, process control, energy reduction) across the site.
- Set a yearly training plan to meet the needs of each shift.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you-the whole you-in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you'll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…
- Bachelor's degree required, combined with at least 1.5 years of experience in Operations/Quality.
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification preferred; if not certified, must be willing to attain certification within 18 months.
- Experience in batch chemical processes preferred.
- Experience in multiple disciplines (Production, Engineering, Quality, EHS) is a plus.
- Strong leadership experience preferred.
- Demonstrated understanding and ownership of Process Safety and EHS Zero-Incident Mindset skills.
- Knowledge of OSHA 1910, PSM, and RCMS requirements.
- Self-motivation and ability to influence others.
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively communicate with various levels of the organization.
- Solid analytical skills to collect and analyze process related data that leads to Root Cause.


Primary Location: US-IL-Kankakee
Function: QUMA - Quality Mgmt & Assurance
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Organization: N-EMN-Care Chemicals NA

About BASF Corporation

BASF SE, formerly BASF AG, is a Germany-based chemical company. The Company has six business segments: Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products, Functional Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil & Gas. Chemicals segment offers products in the chemical, electronic, construction, textile, automotive, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Plastics segment offers a range of products, system solutions and services. Performance Products help its customers to improve their products and processes. Functional Solutions segment bundles system solutions and products for customers and industries. During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company acquired Revus Energy ASA (Revus), an oil and gas exploration and production company. On September 26, 2008, it acquires Attapulgite Mining, Inc. On December 15, 2008, it acquired the concrete admixture business of Kejie Admixture Science & Technology Co. Ltd. (Kejie). On December 19, 2008, BASF AG acquired Sorex Holdings Ltd.

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