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Operation Excellence (OPEX) Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: 512241-811869
    • Job Location: Mason, OH
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 30, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • JOB EXPERIENCE: 3 Years
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Job Description:

Founded in 1925, Festo Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs.  For many years Festo has been providing impetus for factory automation and offers a wide product and service portfolio – from individual components to complex customized solutions and system. As a family-owned company, we act from a holistic perspective. We take responsibility for our actions globally and locally, and want to contribute to the quality of life and conservation of resources where we operate with new technologies, knowledge and education.


At Festo, we hire people who continuously live our five core Values:

  • We are Ambitious
  • We are Determined
  • We are Visionary
  • We Value Each Other
  • We are Dependable

Key Responsibilities of the role include: 

  • Lead/Participate in Operational Excellence initiatives
  • Empowering the value stream 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 KPI system, standards, training/consulting at value stream level
  • Ensure successful area performance through tracking and reporting KPI
  • Performance of OPEX assessments at value stream 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-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 organization) => 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
  • Demonstrated knowledge in manufacturing, assembly procedures, Lean-Tools, and project management.
  • Technical studies with focus on management & production engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineer or technically related field
  • Lean certification preferred 

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