Archer Daniels Midland Company Decatur, IL Remote

EPO Jr CI Specialist


Team: Enterprise Process Office
Title: Continuous Improvement Specialist – Junior
Location = Remote
This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:
The goal of the Enterprise Process Office (EPO) is to help create a culture of Continuous Improvement at ADM. To accomplish our goal, we are focused on: a) improving visibility to current state performance, b) applying structured problem solving (A3 behaviors) to performance gaps, and c) developing people with skills in a and b (Skills Matrix). The successful individual will be responsible for driving the improvement practice globally. The CI Specialist will lead and facilitate 4 models of improvement: daily-based systems, event-based, workshop-based, and project-based. The ideal candidate possesses expertise in Lean (Toyota) methodologies and is capable to provide training and coaching to the organization in the methodology, tools and templates used to improve work. The CI Specialist is also responsible for conducting the analysis of existing operations to propose fact-based opportunities and solutions while executing stakeholder communications and change plans across End-to-End value streams and administrative/transactional areas (IT, HR, Finance, Shared Services, etc.).

Job Responsibilities:
  • Help drive a culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence within ADM.
  • Lead problem-solving efforts using a fact-based approach.
  • Train individuals on CI.
  • Work closely with cross functional teams to identify and implement opportunities to drive improvements across 5 KPI categories (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Financials, People).
  • Establish processes and procedures to deliver required service levels, and implement process optimization and remediation.
  • Extensive and effective communication across functions including: Finance, Human Resources, IT, Shared Services, Supply Chain and operational colleagues.
  • Partner with global counterparts to implement best practices (Yokoten) across the organization.
  • Involve a significant amount of independent thinking, judgment and decision making along with strong project management skills and excellent management and mentoring of project teams.
  • Provide administrative support to the Business Process Management foundation structure.
  • Maintain the Enterprise Process Framework and Repository.

Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, HR, IT, Supply Chain, Engineering, Psychology, or Business Administration or at least 2 years experience in an improvement-oriented role required
  • Knowledge and demonstrable practical application of key CI methods a plus: Skills Matrix, Kanban, Value Stream Maps, Agile, A3 Problem Solving, etc.
  • Intermediate English (Reading, Writing, And Speaking). Multilingual capability is a plus.
  • Demonstrated communication skills with the ability to work with cross-functional management (Commercial, Operations, Support, etc.)
  • Commitment to delivering quality results and overcoming obstacles in a time-sensitive environment
  • Subject matter proficiency in multi-functional processes and understanding of their impacts on downstream processes
  • Successfully engaged in multiple initiatives simultaneously while remaining calm and effective under pressure
  • Experience challenging business units and other departments on their assumptions of how they will successfully execute their plans with specific focus on end-to-end execution and impact on downstream processes/systems
  • Prepared detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation of various processes and programs
  • Willingness and capability to learn, as well as teach. Practical experience applying concepts from: “The Toyota Way”; “Managing to Learn”; “Getting the Right Things Done”; “The Phoenix Project”; and “Learning to See” a plus.
  • Effective presenter and facilitator
  • Able to travel (in region travel of up to 25% of working time).
  • Experience with Microsoft Products
  • Experience with virtual whiteboarding technology (Miro, Mural, etc.) a plus

About ADM:

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at


ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

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