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Value Stream Lead



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024

Value Stream Lead


IL - Illinois

Information Technology

Job Description

Value Stream Lead - Decatur, IL
This is a full-time, exempt level position.

Job Summary
The goal of the Value Stream Management team is to support improvement of Business Process Management across the enterprise and drive performance improvement within Global Technology and across IT programs. To accomplish this goal, we are focused on: a) improving visibility to current state performance, b) applying structured problem solving to address process performance gaps, and c) developing people with skills to drive problem-solving and sustain improvements. The successful individual will be responsible for driving the improvement practice globally. The Value Stream Lead will lead and facilitate process definition and process management, as well as process performance improvement within Global Technology and programs. The ideal candidate possesses
expertise in Agile and / or 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 Value Stream Lead is also responsible for conducting the analysis of existing operations to propose fact-based opportunities and solutions while executing stakeholder communications and change plans within Global Technology and IT programs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement (CI) and process management within ADM.
  • Lead problem-solving efforts using a fact-based approach.
  • Lead team members in prioritizing and managing work requests via Kanban. This includes regular reviews and adjustments of existing backlog and work in progress.
  • Coach and train senior leaders (Directors and Managers) on business process management and 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 End to End processes / 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.
  • Involves 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.
  • Educate and train colleagues in Business Process Management.
  • Support Process Ownership and Governance across End-to-End processes.
  • Assess Process Health across the enterprise (performance and process maturity).
Job Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Masters preferred) and 6 years experience in a process management / improvement-oriented role required
  • Knowledge and demonstrable practical application of key CI / Agile methods a plus: Skills Matrix, Kanban, Value Stream Maps, Agile, A3 Problem Solving, Business Process Management, etc.
  • Advanced English (Reading, Writing, And Speaking). Multilingual capability is a plus.
  • Strong 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
  • Broad 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: “Toyota Kata”; “The Toyota Way”; “Managing to Learn”; “Getting the Right Things Done”; “The Phoenix Project”; “Toyota Kata”; 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 (Mural, Miro, etc.) a plus
Notable Achievements
  • ADM Named to FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Company List for 15th Consecutive Year
  • ADM recognized as a “Diversity Leader 2023” by the Financial Times
  • ADM Named to World’s Most Ethical Companies List for Fourth Year in a Row

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.

Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

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 www.adm.com.

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