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Global Graduate Trainee - Continuous Improvement Engineer

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality. Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 9000 employees in over 70 countries. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities, is what makes working at Puratos so magical.


Our Graduate Trainee Program will inspire you and challenge you… Come join our rapidly growing, global team!

Puratos is currently seeking highly talented Engineering Graduate to join our team

Over the course of our 3-year Graduate Trainee program, you will have the opportunity to take part in 3 annual rotations within our Operations departments in the United States and internationally. This traineeship will focus in particular on Continuous Improvement and other areas of operations.

The goal of our program is to prepare the path for talented, passionate professionals towards future leading roles within our company. Our long-term aim is to build Puratos’ global management pipeline, as a key element of our competitive foundation for great global talent.

Each Graduate Trainee will be assigned to an expert Mentor, who will ensure you receive all the continuous support and training you will need to be successful during your 3 annual rotations making up our program, as well as moving into your first exciting role within Puratos as you move from your Graduate Traineeship into the rest of your career within our global business.


Position Overview

The Continuous Improvement (CI) Engineer drives the Operational Excellence initiatives (programs & projects). The CI Engineer reports to the Production Manager and assist him in the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of the production process with a focus on the Lean Principles. He/she aims to sustainably develop & implement World Class Operations capabilities & best practices in the factory together with the production team.


Primary Responsibilities

• Drive the implementation of Continuous Improvement & Lean Manufacturing change program for Operational Excellence. Monitor, report and communicate the progress.

• Develop, implement and monitor the programs and projects management processes.

• Prioritize and implement key improvement opportunities through identification of waste, inefficiencies, key process failures and weaknesses through the Operations Value Chain.

• Provide active support in rational problem solving and performance improvement projects at all level of the organization.

• Identify, train and coach in lean concepts.

• Coordinate the training program, train and coach local staff in order to develop on a long term base people’s competencies and organization capabilities on World Class Operations & Lean best practices (5S, visual management, team work, focused improvement, rational problem solving, Asset Care, SMED, Quality at source, Value Stream). Mapping, business process re-engineering and improvement).

• Actively create a culture in which Continuous Improvement becomes organizational values in order to create a competitive advantage. Provide therefore active support to develop and maintain the key process documentation in order to translate the tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge, you elaborate standard operating procedures and guidelines, share best practices.

• Understand basic concepts of Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). Analyze the OEE and downtime data and translate this in useful reports for production and maintenance. Make Pareto analysis and define improvement project based on the downtime report.



Education Requirements

  • Minimum - 4 Year / Bachelors Degree

Prior Knowledge/Experience

  • Six sigma Green belt certification is a plus