Team Lead Focused Improvement

Date: May 18, 2023

Location: Clovis, NM, US, 88101

Company: Glanbia



Supervisor’s Title:             GPS Plant Leader II

Department:                        Production

Location:                           Southwest Cheese

Exempt Status:                   Salary Exempt, Grade 21


Southwest Cheese is the world’s largest manufacture of cheese/whey products and is located in Clovis, New Mexico.  It is a joint venture between Glanbia and The Greater Southwest Agency and provides ample opportunity for career growth and experience in a fast-paced, high-performing enterprise.


Job Summary

Facilitate the implementation and education of the Glanbia Performance System to ensure that all plant employees have the tools and knowledge to improve and sustain a zero loss work culture that drives out injuries and ensures products are safe and meet quality specifications.  Provide leadership to engage the plant in successfully progressing through the GPS phases and ensure delivery of our annual GPS savings goals.  Ensure GPS is fully integrated across organization to create “World Class” facilities.


Essential Functions

  • Partner with departments and pillars to drive improvements in all plant True North measurements utilizing Focused Improvement, AM, UAM, and other GPS tools and processes.
  • Understand the 7 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) areas (Safety, Quality, Sustainability, Productivity, Delivery, Cost, and Engagement).
  • Be able to identify and understand losses in the plant through data analysis and lead projects to eliminate the identified losses.
  • Ensure projects are completely closed out with sustainability measures in place and all affected employees trained and signed off.
  • Create and maintain robust plant communication tools and process across the facility for all GPS activities including daily review boards, measurement boards, team progress boards and charts, etc.
  • Support GPS Boot Camp training events and work to develop the expertise, skill, and knowledge necessary to plan and execute boot camp trainings, facilitation, and report-outs.
  • Calculate OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and help others understand biggest equipment losses.
  • Foster employee engagement through involvement in improvement teams and use of GPS tools.
  • Promote the use of GIFs within the plant and assist employees to drive towards implementation as needed.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels in and outside of the plant to achieve stated goals and objectives of projects being worked on.
  • Develop training materials and deliver training.
  • Organize and present data in effective and approved ways.
  • Personally lead teams utilizing GPS processes.
  • Lead projects that drive towards annual GPS savings goals.
  • Purchasing & inventory of GPS related supplies.
  • Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health  Act which are applicable to his/her own actions and conduct.
  • Complies with all applicable food safety regulations and mandates (Safe Quality Foods, Food and Drug Admin, Pasteurized Milk Ordinance)


Delivering on Glanbia’s Values:

  • “Showing Respect” - Research issues & incidents with internal teams, business partners and customers in a collaborative manner that includes professional, honest and transparent communication.
  • “Find a Better Way” - Work with internal and external teams to implement process improvements and/or procedural changes that eliminate non-value added activities and drive more business value.
  • “Winning Together” - Assist with training of new team members.  Facilitate or oversee training and standard operating procedure reviews to ensure new hires develop proficiency of role.
  • “The Customer’s Champion” – Proactively engage to support our customer needs on an end to end basis and strive to meet or exceed SLA timelines.  Take ownership of customer requests and engage with internal teams as needed and within a timely manner.
  • “Performance Matters” – Meet or exceed all key metrics in line with expectations for role.  Continually update knowledge of products, product changes, processes and services offered to deliver a dynamic customer experience.


Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Good computer skills including Microsoft Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percentage and to draw and interpret graphs.
  • Ability to write routine correspondence and reports.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions while dealing with a variety of variables.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.
  • Ability to teach and train others effectively and facilitate meetings and group discussions.
  • Ability to speak effectively, present information, and respond to questions before groups of managers or employees.

Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, standing and walking, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.


Physical Requirements


  • Involves moderate physical activity performing daily activities.
  • Must be able to lift items weighing up to 50 Lbs.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items and perceive attributes of objects and materials.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to 85+ noise levels in which hearing protection will be needed.
  • May be exposed to humidity, heat, fumes, and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts or in areas with risk of electrical shock.

Travel Requirements

  • Minimum overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.



Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

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