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Performance Manager--Dannon
Danone | Minster, Ohio
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USD - Dannon, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for a Performance Manager--Dannon in the United States (US) for their Minster, OH, Ohio manufacturing facility.

Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis.
For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside.


Position Summary:

We are looking for someone with a passion for problem solving to find unique solutions to challenging problems and to drive change in the factory.  Utilizing practical continuous improvement tools you will identify and address performance bottlenecks and find ways to run processes better and faster than we are today.  Working with all levels of plant personnel and the North America continuous improvement network, you will lead the plant continuous improvement efforts with the goal to reduce losses, improve productivity and increase operator knowledge and engagement. You will train and mentor team members in lean production principles and techniques to help build a culture of standards and continuous day-to-day improvement which will ultimately lead to a favorable improvement in operational efficiency.


Our business cycle is extremely fast, and we want to keep it that way. Our Continuous Improvement team, tailors our continuous improvement methodologies, known as DaMaWay, to our teams to create long term performance improvement and improve overall operational efficiency.   Our team is comprised of varying levels of experience and backgrounds, from new grads to industry veterans.  Relevant industry experience is important, but ultimately less so than your demonstrated abilities and attitude. We value flexibility and adaptability every day at Dannon, and we are always learning. If you like finding solutions and have knowledge to share, then join our team!  If you work for us, you will be able to make an immediate impact. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Long-Term Continuous Improvement planning & initiative implementation through collaboration with other plant functions (Production, Quality, Maintenance, Engineering, Finance, etc.
  • Loss and Waste Reduction planning and implementation
  • Improving the KPI tracking, reporting and communication processes
  • Capacity, Value Stream, and Gap Analysis


The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with emphasis in mechanical, manufacturing and/or industrial or similar discipline.
  • 8-15 years of experience working in a fast pace environment of a large national or multi-national company recognized as a leader in performance management (packaged goods, medical device, aerospace and automotive, …) in a lean manufacturing focused role. 
  • Established self management skills.  Must bring leadership, interpersonal and communication skills required to interact with all levels of plant personnel and be comfortable working with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to serve as a change agent who is able to “make it happen” while building positive relationships on a foundation of trust and mutual respect.
  • Energy, resilience, determination, enthusiasm and strong analytical skills to challenge the status quo.
  • Ability and willingness to initiate continuous improvement practices and training activities in the factory to improve operator skills and improve factory performance.
  • The ability to rapidly access, analyze, and quickly resolve complicated problems with little initial information or direction and with varying degrees of ambiguity.
  • Ability to maximize efficiency in a constantly evolving environment where the process is fluid and creative solutions are the norm.
  • Ability to balance daily “tactical" needs along with allocating time to “strategic” long-term, continuous improvement projects. 
  • Willingness to work flexible schedules as needed to support 7-day per week, 24-hour per day production facilities. Work schedules could include occasional off-shift or weekend work.



  • 2 to 5 years experience in the Dairy/Food/Beverage Manufacturing industry.
  • Lean Certification from industry recognized provider, Six Sigma Certification is a plus 
  • Proven ability to establish, optimize and maintain world-class maintenance programs, lean manufacturing, quality systems and other continuous improvement systems.
  • Demonstrated experience using continuous improvement tools (such as Kaizen, pull systems, Autonomous Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance, Focused Improvement, Rapid Change Over, error proofing, Root Cause Analysis, 5 Why, Zoning, 5S,Total Quality Management, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, gap analysis, etc).



For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit danone.com. We have something special inside, do you?
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The Dannon Company is a US-subsidiary of Danone, a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful health-focused food companies in the world with leading positions in fresh dairy products, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition.  Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and learn more.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.



About Danone

Since 1997, the Groupe DANONE has focused on three core activities : fresh dairy products, cookies and crackers, and beverages. Today the Group boasts a portfolio of top quality brands. Click to read about a topic. To learn more about the Group's three core activities worldwide, (financial results, market shares...), select an activity: - fresh dairy products - beverages - cereal biscuits & snacks To send us your remarks on a Groupe DANONE product, contact our consumer services division.

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