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Operational Excellence Leader

Requisition Number: P12335

Region: US
State: Wisconsin
City: Eau Claire


  • Identify and lead process improvement projects and teams to drive continuous improvement and cultural change
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to make operations more efficient and reduce the 8 Wastes of Lean
  • Maximize improvement and cost savings by proactively identifying areas for improvement, leading lean initiatives and projects, utilizing lean tools and techniques, analyzing and reporting key metrics, communicating continuous improvement activities and training team members to accomplish the same
  • Lead root cause analysis, evaluating production metrics and trends, improving material flow, creating project plans, creating and improving process documentation
  • Carry out advanced data collection and analysis, developing budgets, and performing cost analysis to determine project feasibility
  • Lead projects to achieve business, quality, and compliance objectives
  • Analyze and implement recommendations to prevent failure recurrences
  • Develop tactical plans and prioritize to achieve project goals; Solutions must be driven to completion
  • Utilize excellent project management skills and experience; Effectively communicating, and demonstrating successful organizational and planning skills
  • Troubleshooting and resolving moderately complex process issues
  • Extended travel to other facilities may be required to support business needs

Qualifications - Education & Experience

  • Bachelor degree (preferably in an engineering discipline); or equivalent mix of education and experience
  • Knowledge of Lean tools (SMED, VSM, 5S, Kanban, Kaizen, KPIs, JIT, etc.), systems, and principles preferred
  • Ability to analyze and manipulate facility/production layouts utilizing CAD is preferred
  • A moderate understanding of manufacturing and operations is preferred
  • See job family progression chart

Qualifications - Skills & Competencies

  • Performance mindset with a passion to improve people, process, and tools/methodologies
  • Demonstrate excellent training and presentation skills with solid communication capabilities and practices, both oral and written
  • Capability to quickly establish credibility, influencing individuals at all levels
  • Demonstrate excellent relationship building skills
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to form collaborative teams, and influence the teams while working on continuous improvement projects
  • Superior communication (both oral & written), teamwork and organizational skills
  • Ability to identify issues on own, be a self-starter
  • Ability to manage multiple large-scale projects at the same time
  • Ability to develop and meet project schedules, along with contingency plans
  • Develop and meet financial goals, ability to calculate and communicate ROI’s
  • Demonstrate ability to think out of the box and recommend options
  • Ability to train and mentor others on Lean and Six Sigma
  • Ability to work with members on and off the production floor
  • Demonstrate a focus on Continuous Improvement, and promote that culture

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