Vacancies Regional Operational Excellence Leader - Detroit, MI
Surface Solutions Segment | Detroit



Position: Operational Excellence Regional Leader 

Location: Greater Detroit Area

Department:  Operational Excellence


 The Operational Excellence Regional Leader will interface directly with the site leadership to execute improvements and deploy best practices and standards. Act as a driving force in the planning, developing and administering an effective Operational Excellence management program. The individual will support efforts to standardize our ways of working based on best practices, inputs from employees, and the global OOE framework. This position will provide insight through analytics as well as drive executable continuous improvement implementation efforts in the areas of Safety, Quality, Delivery/Service and Productivity. Ideally, this candidate would possess significant experience in both Lean Manufacturing and Process Engineering.



  • Coordinates and promotes OE programs and policies. This includes utilizing industry standard Lean methodologies, change management techniques and OE technical tools to solve problems and drive improvement changes.
  • Lead the coordination and completion of identified projects and serve in a training role. Develop, coach and mentor others in the plant on continuous improvement tools and Lean methodologies to develop other local leaders in the OOE programs.
  • Serve as a change agent working collaboratively within and across departments, functions, and locations to help implement a culture of continuous improvement. Demonstrates the ability to transfer knowledge and skills through formal education and/or auditing/coaching processes.
  • Provides technical guidance to supervisors in the investigation of near hits and safety incidents, including root cause analysis and corrective actions to prevent recurrence. Help investigations on serious EH&S incidents when assigned.
  • Review layouts for value stream areas as well as OE compliance for installation of new machinery or equipment to ensure all safety and flow requirements are met, including but not limited to the sign-off/approve process for new and relocated machinery/equipment.
  • Work with the OOE business line team to identify best practices related to production processes, business processes and overall standardization efforts throughout the footprint.
  • Understanding, implementing and ability to further develop KPI’s and other manufacturing performance measuring systems.
  • Promote employee ownership and engagement. Ability to lead focused improvement teams, as well as coordinate and facilitate team activities and lean events.
  • Remain abreast of industry changes and new technology, equipment, systems, and procedures as they relate to improving the key operations.


We expect

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field with advanced training and experience in Lean Manufacturing / CI (Lean/ Six Sigma Certification). Training at The Operational Excellence Institute is a plus. 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a production management specifically on a continuous improvement role.
  • Demonstrated in prior experience the ability to apply Lean Manufacturing tools to drive measurable and tangible improvement results.
  • Leadership, strong communication, technical writing, training, analytical, time management and organizational skills.
  • The ideal candidate is self-driven; possess excellent communication skills with all employees, supervisors, and managers and have demonstrated through prior work experience the ability to lead and direct teams.
  • Excellent organization skills. Ability to handle multiple priorities and manage time effectively.
  • Experience in handling EH&S compliance issues including evaluating/interrupting OSHA, EPA, and DOT regulations and NFPA and ANSI standards; with OSHA reporting and recordkeeping experience would be a plus.
  • Demonstrates a passion for solving problems, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
  • This position requires a minimum of 50% travel.
  • Must maintain a valid Driver’s License to operate machinery.
  • Computer skills such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Physical requirements of occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, ability to crawl, climb and work in awkward places and positions


About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.7 billion in 2015. The company invested CHF 103 million in R&D in 2015 and has over 1,350 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

Oerlikon Balzers develops processes and systems for the coating of tools, components and decorative plastic elements. Comprising 106 locations in 34 countries, Balzers global network of coating centers is daily dedicated to further improving component performance and tooling productivity through coating technology. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team!

We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, and 401(K). If you want to operate in a business environment that gives you the freedom to imagine what is possible - then you should send us your application!

Statement of Equal Opportunity: Oerlikon Balzers is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The company also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you require an accommodation during the application process, please notify a Human Resources Representative.




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