Operational Excellence Manager

Posted 07 May 2024

St. Louis, Missouri - United States

Req Id 274528

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Your role:

You will lead Operational Excellence (OpEx) activities at the St. Louis Cherokee Life Science Services (LSS) site which includes coordinating OpEx-related initiatives at the site, building OpEx project portfolio, managing resources, driving project execution, and implementing best practices and knowledge transfer across the organization. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in implementing and inspiring an organization for daily continuous improvement using their knowledge of lean manufacturing.

As the Operational Excellence Manager, you will be responsible for:


Partnerships and collaboration

  • Act as the main Point of Contact (POC) for all OpEx-related activities at the site and as a key partner for the site head
  • Collaborate with project leaders to coordinate project executions at the site.  (e.g., support with the implementation of specific tools, coaching, progress tracking, and culture building)
  • Act as site link to the Life Science Excellence PMO & Analytics function to provide inputs supporting e.g., standardized reports of savings and project progress
  • Collaborate with the Life Science Academy to support building and delivering the OpEx learning curriculum


Site performance management

  • Work together with the site leadership team to jointly define the site master plan and to provide status updates on OpEx-related topics (e.g., project progress)
  • Collect, analyze, and report data of current OpEx-related projects to the site leader
  • Ensure definition and implementation of governance aspects incl. solid project charters & execution plans for each OpEx project with appropriate risk management
  • Portfolio management, capability steering, and knowledge transfer
  • Build the OpEx project portfolio for the site to achieve site targets (safety, quality, supply, people & cost) and prioritize within the OpEx project portfolio as part of the site leadership team


Drive specific projects at the site

  • Ensure resource availability for project execution and manage belt resources at the site assuring that site master plan targets / expected impact is achieved.
  • Implement best practices from other OpEx teams and communicate own successes with other local OpEx as well as the communities of excellence.
  • Bridge knowledge gaps in projects by requesting and managing/developing additionally required capabilities.


Who you are:


Minimum Qualifications:

Industrial engineering/ supply chain/business administration degree/background

At least 10 years of demonstrated history in site operations preferred with experience in process/product engineering and in implementing improvement initiatives with impactful results, preferably in a leading position


Certified Lean and Six Sigma black belt


Preferred Qualifications:

Practical Lean Six Sigma experience

Experience in the deployment of holistic production systems preferred

Project Management certification preferred


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