Continuous Improvement Leader

Date Posted: 7/8/2024 | Last Day to Apply: 8/4/2024

From a small family business to a multi-billion-dollar global company, Sonoco has been changing the face of products and packaging since 1899 — all while keeping the heart of “People Build Businesses” alive.


Our talented people are at the core of our growth, constantly reinventing the Sonoco wheel with brilliant solutions every year. Today we are a world leader in global packaging solutions with diversified operations in over 34 countries. We're extremely proud of our portfolio of brands, our achievements in sustainability and industrialization and the groundbreaking work accomplished by our people. 



While reporting to the Operational Excellence Leader, this position as a Continuous Improvement Leader plays a key role in cultivating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement within the division. Responsible for guiding and inspiring employees at all levels to identify opportunities for enhancement and drive positive changes in processes, systems, and practices. 



What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement. 

  • Actively promote and embed a mindset of continuous improvement throughout the organization. 

  • Engage and collaborate with cross-functional teams to encourage proactive problem-solving and idea generation. 

  • Drive efficiency and productivity gains. 

  • Lead and guide continuous improvement projects aimed at streamlining operations and eliminating inefficiencies. 

  • Drive initiatives to reduce waste, improve workflow and enhance overall operational efficiency. 

  • Measure and analyze key performance indicators to demonstrate tangible improvements in productivity and cost savings. 

  • Problem solving and innovation. 

  • Identify and analyze operational challenges, working collaboratively with teams to develop effective solutions.     

  • Encourage a culture of innovation by fostering creative thinking and exploring new approaches to enhance products, services, and processes. 

  • Implement best practices for problem-solving and establish a feedback loop for continuous learning and development.  



This role requires up to 75% travel to various locations within the organization, fostering collaboration and implementing continuous improvement initiatives onsite. We are looking for individuals that are in or around the following areas.



Horsham, PA

Columbus, OH

Canton, OH

Henderson, KY

Chestnut Hill, TN

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

DeForest, WI

Wausau, WI

Oakdale, CA



We’d love to hear from you if:  

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to think strategically. 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively across all levels of the organization. 

  • Demonstrated ability to drive change and influence others positively. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, or related field. 

  • Experience in leading and implementing continuous improvement initiatives in a similar role. 


This is a progression position and level will be based on candidate experience and business needs. 



The annual base salary range for this role is from $87,375 to $104,850.



At Sonoco Products Company, we offer a comprehensive total rewards package, including competitive pay and benefits. *Benefits listed below are for employees located in the U.S. Specific benefits and wellbeing programs may vary depending on your location (within the U.S. or global), or if you are a union employee.


  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents, including FSA and HSA options
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Wellbeing tools and resources to support holistic health, including an Employee Assistance Program with a variety of services
  • Paid time off and holidays to recreate, rejuvenate and care for the health of yourself and family
  • Variety of company paid and voluntary employee-paid insurance plans including life, personal accident, and disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement



We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.


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