Senior Manager Continuous Improvement & Operations Excellence (m/d/w)

  • Mannheim
  • Permanent
  • Full-time

Südzucker Group is an international company at home in more than 30 countries. As a leading integrated group of companies, we want to contribute to a livable, healthy and sustainable world with plant-based solutions for nutrition, energy and beyond. Around 18,000 employees work to achieve this in our five segments.

Your Tasks

Continuous Improvement Strategy:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive continuous improvement strategy aligned with organizational goals in the context of TOE and the OPEX Program Optimum.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by promoting best practices and engaging employees at all levels.

Focused Improvement:

  • Lead and facilitate focused improvement trainings and projects using methodologies such as Kaizen to address specific challenges and drive rapid enhancements
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify opportunities and implement solutions within defined project scopes.

Performance Metrics:

  • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of both continuous improvement efforts and focused improvement projects.
  • Analyze performance metrics to assess the impact of improvement initiatives and identify areas for further enhancement.

Training and Development:

  • Design and deliver training programs to educate team members on continuous improvement principles, methodologies, and tools.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to project teams to ensure successful execution of improvement projects.

Change Management:

  • Drive change management initiatives to ensure the successful adoption of continuous improvement practices throughout the organization.
  • Address resistance to change and work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure the success of improvement projects.

Documentation and Standardization:

  • Establish and maintain standardized processes and documentation for continuous improvement projects.
  • Ensure that lessons learned and best practices from focused improvement projects are incorporated into the broader continuous improvement framework.

Goal Setting:

  • Develop and set clear goals for continuous improvement initiatives and focused improvement projects, ensuring they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound
  • Monitor progress towards goals, adjust strategies as needed, and communicate achievements to stakeholders.

Your Profile

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field. A Master's degree is mandatory.
  • Proven experience in both continuous improvement and focused improvement roles.
  • Strong project management skills with experience in implementing methodologies such as Kaizen and Lean
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Change management certification is desirable.
  • Ability to balance strategic thinking with hands-on execution.

We Offer

  • Interesting and varied tasks in a future-oriented environment
  • Attractive remuneration inclusive social benefits
  • Cooperative work environment and open communication
  • Contributing to the balance of private and professional life
  • 30 days vacation per year

If you are interested in working for a international food company and you want to contribute to the development, we appreciate your application about our career portal.

Südzucker promotes diversity! All employees (m/f/d) are welcome at our company, regardless of gender, cultural, religious or social background, sexual orientation or identity, origin or disability.


If you have any further questions please contact:

Luisa Closmann

phone: 0621-421462