Operational Excellence Manager

United States of America
31 March 2020
Turning stone into remarkable products

Transforming natural resources into high-quality stone wool products puts you at the center of what makes ROCKWOOL successful in its industry. In our technologically-advanced production environment, you work closely with skilled colleagues who all strive to improve and optimize our manufacturing processes. You are offered the opportunity to work in an organization which cares about its employees and has a people-driven culture.

Operational Excellence Manager Job Summary                    
ROCKWOOL achieves a competitive advantage through our Operational Excellence program (ROPEX). The ROPEX Manager is at the forefront, driving continuous improvement through setting the agenda and targets for ROPEX at the Operating Company (OpCo). As our ROPEX Manager you set strategic planning to execution of Kaizen events and improvement initiatives, then follow-up on implementation and results. It is key to the role of ROPEX Manager, to ensure a continuous development of the ROPEX maturity level by building a strong continuous improvement culture at the factory as well as realizing tangible business results. The Process ROPEX Manager is at the forefront of continuous improvement efforts and ultimately responsible for ensuring value streams that not only flow at the rate of customer demand but are made visual in such a way and to such a degree that every employee in the organization can physically see that flow and fix the flow before it breaks down.

What are the day-to-day responsibilities of an Operational Excellence Manager?

  • As the Leader of the Process team, owns and improves the standards that will be implemented throughout the value streams or areas/teams within the Operating Company (OpCo).
  • Responsible for driving, managing and developing the ROPEX program in the OpCo to gain tangible business results and improvements in areas such as Productivity, Production Output, Customer satisfaction, Quality and Safety.
  • Implement standardized Group ROPEX processes in the OpCo as well as facilitate the annual strategy and policy deployment process for the site leadership team (SLT).
  • Establish and develop Lean Leadership and Obeya/performance management as a strong discipline to ensure that the ROPEX culture is well respected and sustained; provide coaching/guidance in Lean Standard Work, Gemba and Obeya.
  • Plan and conduct training in ROPEX tools to include planning, facilitating and following up on Kaizen events and in systematic root cause and complex problem solving as needed to ensure ROPEX awareness and practical application in continuous improvement become a natural part of everyday life in the OpCo.
  • Establish key performance factors (KPF) and follow-up on the portfolio of projects, Kaizen and improvement initiatives to ensure results are measured and achieved, including monthly business reporting.
  • Support operational diagnostics to identify opportunities for improvement. 

What professional skills and qualifications do you need for the role of an Operational Excellence Manager?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Operational or Business Management or related field required.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in specified technology field with proven LEAN, continuous improvement principles, implementation and leadership ability in a continuous flow manufacturing or industrial environment and working with automated equipment required.
  • Grow and develop the team by sharing knowledge / experience.
  • Champion the ROCKWOOL Way by demonstrating our core values of Ambition, Integrity, Responsibility and Efficiency.
  • Demonstrated or proven:
    • Organizational and analytical skills;
    • Basic computer knowledge and skills;
    • Acute attention to detail;
    • Written and verbal communication skills;
    • Problem-solving and trouble shooting skills;
    • Accuracy and data integrity.

What are the physical demands for an Operational Excellence Manager?

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The job is physically demanding at times and requires manual dexterity, eyesight, mobility and requires a high level of concentration.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to, stand/or sit, squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 60 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 120 pounds with another person, shovel heavy waste to shoulder height.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

What is the typical work environment at a ROCKWOOL manufacturing facility?

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

At ROCKWOOL, safety is priority number one! We continuously strive to create safe and healthy work places and conditions for all employees. We provide all associates with personal protective equipment to include high visibility safety vests, safety glasses, shoes, gloves and head protection.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, background check, WorkKEYS and Hucama Big 5 assessment.

ROCKWOOL is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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