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Manager Operational Excellence

Manager Operational Excellence

Job Description

f you’re experienced in process improvements and lean manufacturing you could be our next Manager of Operational Excellence with The Manitowoc Company.

As the Manager of Operational Excellence, you will act as the change agent and leadership coach for process improvement and lean manufacturing; driving the lean transformation and sustainment per directed expectations in functional areas including Manufacturing, Buying, Planning, Logistics, Maintenance, Manufacturing Engineering, Sustaining Engineering, and Quality.

The position reports directly to the Director of Operations, located in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you’re up to the challenge, the reward is satisfaction . . . and knowing you helped build something real.  Join our passionate team and help build something you can be proud of – a future filled with passion, pride and satisfaction.


• Works to develop and apply programs to improve the workforce skills on lean six sigma manufacturing tools and concepts such as DMAIC, A3 thinking, KanBan, Kaizen, Value Stream analysis, visual factory, pull and error proofing, 5S and 1 x 1 flow. 

• Research, benchmark, and implement global best manufacturing methods, practices, and systems 

• Development of strategies and specific actions that deliver business plan targets for efficiencies and quality. 

• Developing reports and tracking mechanisms for business plan target achievement progress.  

• Coach all key contributors on developing a highly effective Daily Management process, focused on management through mission control, flow- through making takt, ensuring compliance to standard work, and identifying and eliminating abnormalities affecting takt attainment through a problem solving rigor.  Coach the organization on lean techniques such as Visual Management and Managing Daily Improvement (MDI)  

• Ensure quality practices and processes are followed to deliver superior quality. 

Job Requirements


• Bachelor's Degree (Engineering or Technology preferred) with a minimum of 8 years’ experience from a manufacturing background in Manufacturing, Engineering, Continuous Improvement or Lean OR a minimum of 16 years’ experience from a manufacturing background in technical, engineering or manufacturing in lieu of degree required 

• A minimum of 3 years’ experience in Lean/Six Sigma required (Black Belt preferred)

• A minimum of 3 years’ experience in managing direct reports required

• A minimum of 3 years’ project management required

• Manufacturing plant environment, frequent walking over distances.

• Proficiency in MS Office required   

• Up to 5% travel required

*Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies best-in-class food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market.  Manitowoc Foodservice offers customers unparalleled operator and patron insights, collaborative kitchen solutions, culinary expertise and world-class implementation support and service, whether locations are around the corner or across the globe.  With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has a portfolio of best-in-class brands including Cleveland, Convotherm®, Delfield®, Frymaster®, Garland®, Kolpak®, Kysor Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, Merco®, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend® and Manitowoc® Beverage Systems.  


Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Management
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Manufacturing, Industrial
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 14000986
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Manager Operational Excellence

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