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Operational Excellence/Lean Specialist (OPEX)

    • Job Tracking ID: 8.12.19#316135
    • Job Location: Cincinnati, OH
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 04, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • JOB EXPERIENCE: 3 Years
    • SAP Category: Experienced Professionals,Engineers,Manufacturing and Technical
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Job Description:

  • Key Accountabilities

This position is a mid-level Specialist position that will support and lead Operational Excellence and Lean initiatives with production floor employees and supervisors.

  • This position will work with all other departments (cross-functional teams) for resources/support for lean projects.
  • Empowering the value stream production organization to achieve cost and cash savings at local level in accordance with the plant strategy
  • Co-responsible and implementing the qualification of the organization towards OPEX in cooperation with HR (training) in the respective core process at value stream level
    • Help in the development and facilitation of OPEX related training
  • Implementation of an OPEX/Lean KPI system, standards, training/consulting at value stream/production level
    • Ensure successful area performance through tracking and reporting KPI
  • Performance of OPEX assessments at value stream (production) level
  • Occasionally, assist with production duties, train associates and verify SOP (standard operating procedure) compliance
  • Improve productivity and capability of the workforce through current technology enablement, training, process improvement and identifying best practices (e.g., 5S & Lean methodologies)

Innovation and Change (i.e. range and diversity of activities, problems, processes, market dynamics and management challenges that need to be recognized and resolved, improvement of processes, systems or products) 

    • Application of methods with the focus of establishing a value stream production oriented organization according to the production system divided into the core processes
    • Responsible for the development and continuous improvement of core work processes for the realization of value stream maturity levels (OPEX assessment) split into core processes
    • Design and implementation of framework conditions that enable and encourage the organization to make cultural changes (goal: establishment of a learning organisation) => Change Manager split into core processes at value stream level

Communication with internal and/or external Customers, Suppliers as well as Third Parties (indicate nature and context of client relationship and service delivery, required communication skills, frequency of communication (i.e. infrequent = few times a year, occasional = few times a month, frequent= regular but not daily, continuous = daily)

    • Regular training of the value stream organization and hosting local workshops in accordance with the core processes
    • Regular coordination with internal groups (e. g. value stream managers, department heads, etc. ) with partly divergent interests
    • Regular coordination with the local team according to the respective core process

People Leadership (i.e. management, motivation and development of staff as well as teamwork) 

    • High communication, conflict and teamwork skills, independent and responsible operating as well as reliability and commitment
    • Exhibits integrity through fair and ethical behaviors in all activities; maintains accountability for performance


Experience and Skills:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
    • 3-5 years leading teams and lean intiaitives
    • Demonstrated knowledge in manufacturing, assembly procedures, Lean-Tools and project management.
    • Technical studies with focus on management & production engineering
    • Lean/Six Sigma certification preferred 
    • Demonstrated experience leading and evaluating continuous improvement projects with cross-functional teams


Festo Corporation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and those laws, directives, and regulations of Federal, State and Local governing bodies or agencies. For your reference: EEO is the Law Poster