Sonoco Safety Coordinator/Continuous Improvement Coordinator in Franklin Park, Illinois


  • Manages all aspects of the plant safety program including the Safety Pillar Team and oversight of Safety Sub-Pillars while achieving respective team objectives.

  • Lead the safety hot spot process utilizing R3 analysis and plant safety data to minimize safety hazards and strengthen administrative and engineering controls.

  • Evaluates and enforces site Health and Safety Programs and ensures compliance with applicable state and federal laws, as well as company policies and procedures.

  • Continually trains, educates and refreshes all facility employees on safe work practices, policies, procedures, standards and reporting related to safety, environmental and health.

  • Fully supports safety initiatives by direct interface with leadership to address safety concerns.

  • Researches and prepares safety materials, delivers presentations, and retains records.

  • Coordinates safety meeting schedules, agendas, materials and activities. Responsible for updates to track action items generated from safety meetings and audits.

  • Oversees safety training including attendance for all on-site personnel to track participation in all OSHA regulatory and facility specific required training.

  • Leads post- incident investigations and provides recommendations for sustainable corrective actions.

  • Reviews and creates Job Safety Analysis (JSA), One Point Lessons (OPL), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Work Instructions (WI).

  • Conducts regularly scheduled safety audits.

  • Responsible for posting required safety materials including Safety Team meeting minutes and safety inspection and audit results on bulletin boards and ensuring the boards are up to date.

  • Will assist in the investigation, corrective action and reporting of all safety related incidents. Responsible for reviewing all Close Calls and Incident Reports from Incident Report Database and discusses incidents with teammates.

  • Assist Maintenance to ensure that all installations, guards are done in compliance with applicable regulations.

  • Review safety specifications for new equipment, processes or materials with Maintenance and Engineering.

  • Assist supervision, as required with all safety related issues

  • Assist in obtaining information and assistance from outside organizations.


  • Responsible for SPS Continuing Improvement (CI) and Manufacturing Basics at the plant level.

  • Be the resource for plant associates and pillar teams for SPS related concerns.

  • Leads efforts to achieve targets for SPS in the plant – particularly after lessons learned on the model machine, with annual review

  • Utilize Continuous Improvement (CI) methodologies to drive a culture of learning, a dedication to ongoing improvement, and a focus on sustainable results.

  • Train, coach and educate plant associates on improving zero based losses and using key performance indicators such as manufacturing OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), product quality, waste reduction, process performance, safety, and operating costs, in order to drive continuous improvements

  • Function as a member of the plant steering team ensuring team is on track and meeting all KPIs

  • Ensure appropriate personnel understand, and take actions based on metrics and tracking systems are updated. Should understand all pillars thoroughly in order to give guidance and support as needed.

  • Ensure that pillar teams are working together and not in silos. Assist in selecting pillar owners and teams

  • Make sure losses are clearly established and calculated correctly each reporting period. Should understand the make-up of every loss and the drivers behind each.

  • Review and request support form division practitioner & divisional leadership team, when appropriate.

  • Responsible for sending requested charts into SPS Practitioner every reporting period.

  • Maintain continuous communication with the Plant Manager and Area Manager on the progress of SPS activities. Should be able to recognize the gaps and communicate this information as well.


4 year degree required; 1-3 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment

Green Belt or Black Belt Certification a plus

Strong Continuous Improvement leadership experience

Bilingual in Spanish will be an advantage for this role



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.

Sonoco is a $5 billion global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products and packaging supply chain services. When collaborating with our customers, we leverage our deep knowledge of material science, our i6 Innovation Process™, and our industry-leading packaging and services portfolio to create impactful customized solutions that build stronger brands.

We produce packaging for many of the world’s most recognized brands, in markets such as appliances and electronics, automotive, beverages, confection, construction, converted paperboard, fresh and natural food, frozen and refrigerated food, shaving, home, lawn and garden, medical/pharmaceutical, pet care, powdered beverages, recycling and snacks.

Sonoco’s operations consist of our global consumer packaging businesses (rigid paper and closures, flexibles and plastics); our display and packaging division (high-impact retail displays and packaging supply chain management); our industrial businesses (tubes and cores, reels and spools, uncoated recycled paperboard and Sonoco Recycling, one of the world’s largest recyclers); and our Protective Solutions division (custom-designed protective, temperature-assurance and retail security packaging solutions and highly engineered components).

From our headquarters in Hartsville, S.C., and more than 300 operations in 33 countries, we serve customers in 85 nations.