US Foods Regional Continuous Improvement Leader Midwest in Chicago Metro, Illinois

Job Description:

Basic Purpose-

The Regional CI Leader will demonstrate leadership in CI communicating business goals, programs, and processes for a Region. In this role, you will utilize your experience and Black Belt expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and direct reports, and effect short-term and some long-term business goals through leadership of multiple projects, workstreams, and partnership with each Market/DC via CI tools .



· Provide leadership and direction to cross-functional teams empowered to execute the Process Improvement strategy for efficiency, ease of doing business and overall cost savings.

· Deliver breakthrough levels of improvement in process capability and process efficiency with a focus on EASY

· Lead cross-functional teams driving designs and business processes to reduce defects and attain world-class levels of quality

· Facilitate, train, and coach team members in the use of CI tools (TQM, TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, VSM, etc.)

· Work with RVPOs and local teams to uncover and assess CI opportunities for US Foods and its partners

· In conjunction with the Regional Leadership Team, leaders of CI, and Project Sponsors, serve as a change agent in institutionalizing CI, ease of doing business, 6S, and quality.

· Constantly seek, share, and implement best practices

· Apply CI tools to improve process capability and eliminate defects and waste

· Lead and facilitate cross-functional project teams

· Communicate teams’ progress to Champions, Business Leaders and Executives

· Identify potential CI projects whenever and wherever possible

· Influence without authority

· Ability to manage individuals and teams remotely

EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status


  • Minimum 8-10 years of management experience in and Operations environment with Direct reports

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a CI position

  • Ability to travel 80%

Education/Training :

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college

  • Black Belt from a company or recognized industry-leading program

Related Experience/Requirements:

  • Prior consulting experience strongly preferred

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities :

  • Change agent with strong credibility and influence in the organization

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others and achieve results

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; statistically literate and familiar with process improvement tools (TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, VSM, etc.)

  • Demonstrated commitment to process improvement

  • Customer-focused in defining quality and establishing priorities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Executive level presentation skills

Primary Location: Chicago Metro-IL

Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job

Job Function: Operations Management

Job Level: Manager

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time