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Americas Operational Excellence (OPEX) Senior Manager at Dura-Line

Americas Operational Excellence (OPEX) Senior Manager

Dura-Line Knoxville, TN Full-Time
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Dura-Line is transforming the structure of communication and is the world’s largest manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) conduit with over 1,800 employees in 5 of the 7 continents. Technology, data, and constant communication are more intertwined with our daily lives than ever before in human history. As technology advances in the next decade, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the 4th Industrial Revolution will bring 50 billion devices online and provide access to the internet to the rest of the world’s population. Dura-Line provides the essential infrastructure to make this possible. Through our innovative product solutions and unparalleled customer insight, Dura-Line creates what connects us. No matter how big or small a role we play, everything we do is connected. We are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining, a diverse workforce that represents our global customer base in a variety of markets, including telecommunications, enterprise networking, energy, and transportation.

Dura-Line is seeking a subject matter expert in Lean Manufacturing Techniques that will be our new Operational Excellence Senior Manager that will work with the manufacturing sites across the Americas. You will act as a liaison between global cross-functional groups and business units to ensure compliance and harmonization.

In this exciting and new role, you will get a chance to bring their firsthand work experience leading and deploying Operational Excellence (OPEX) program and processes, including the definition of program performance, program governance guidance and cadence, training material creation and execution, reporting structure, and managing on-going project related to OPEX!

Bring your Continuous Improvement Lean Manufacturing skills and knowledge to implement, standardize, and lead deployment in a multi-site manufacturing environment. We empower you to be a change agent, enable people, and foster a culture of high compliance to quality standards while also elevating Dura-Line operational excellence mentality and culture.

As a member of the Corporate Quality & OPEX team, we need a highly motivated individual to work with the entire Dura-Line family to design the strategy, develop the program, implement the process, lead cross-functional teams, analyze metrics to evaluate results, and recommend action plans.

As a true leader, you will create and deploy lean program processes (remote and on-site) to ensure proper application of Lean techniques and continuous improvement initiatives that align with business strategies. You will be responsible for centralizing global policies, develop and conduct training, and drive operational excellence. We are a people-centric company, and collaboration is needed to succeed. You will work closely with internal customers to develop an integrated and coordinated quality system strategy, with objectives designed to departmental and company compliance​.

In this role, you will get the opportunity to be a change agent and enable people. We need someone to listen to the problems at the various manufacturing plants, use lean tools, value stream mapping, and root cause analysis, and who can prioritize and provide innovative solutions.

We need a Subject Matter Expert in lean tools to work in a learning environment to deploy the tools to create value for the American sites.​ You will conducts OPEX – Lean Maturity Index (LMI’s) assessments, track progression/KPI/Metrics, measure engagement, use a scorecard, identify performance gaps, work through the leadership team to prioritize improvement activities and close gaps, and ​assist the manufacturing plants with improvement activities including training, mentoring, facilitating Kaizen events, improvement projects, tool deployment, benchmarking, etc.​

This is a very critical and crucial role in the organization. Not only in experience, but we need a facilitator that will set up and work with the manufacturing plant and assist in implementing and driving a lean manufacturing culture- LEAN is more than a set of problem-solving tool, it is a mentality, a foundation, a mindset. That is why we need an expert leader in lean-to to deploy these initiatives and conduct training and coaching on OPEX process solutions.

Besides developing the foundation, you will standardize best practices across the different American plants and deployment of OPEX (lean manufacturing) program and apply core tools like Control Plans, Process Flows, Production Part Approval Process, measurement systems analysis (MSA), statistical process control (SPC), and more.

What else can help you succeed in this role? A successful track record for defining and implementing lean manufacturing techniques (10+ years of work experience) in a multi-site environment in the automotive, aerospace, consulting, or manufacturing industry. An ability to train, communicate, and influence multi-level teams globally. A strategic focus, with the ability to identify and prioritize the most critical and impactful issues and opportunities to drive long-term success. You must be able to synthesize data and summarize outcomes to provide recommendations on a compliant path forward. It is a plus if you have an SME Lean certification or Lean Master Certification.

​We offer medical, dental, vision, relocation assistance, tuition reimbursement, holidays, paid time off as well as many other benefits in a collaborative culture that focuses on innovation and teamwork.

JOIN THE TEAM: Discover how Dura-Line creates what connects us. Every day, in the little ways and the big ones, our lives depend on clear, consistent, reliable communication. Check out our products, history, and testimonials and apply today at www.Dura-Line.com

Develop… Uplift… Resolve… Audit… Lean…Identify…Negotiate…Empower…

Dura-Line is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in the federal E-Verify program to verify the work eligibility of all new hires.

Dura-Line is part of a community of companies, known as Orbia, bound together by a shared purpose: to advance life around the world. Orbia’s business groups have a collective focus on insuring food security, reducing water scarcity, reinventing the future of cities and homes, connecting communities to data infrastructure, and expanding access to health and wellness with advanced materials. The business groups include Precision Agriculture, Building and Infrastructure, Fluor, Polymer Solutions, and Data Communications, which collectively pursue human centric solutions to global challenges.


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Value Stream Mapping
Lean Manufacturing
Statistical Process Controls
Quality Management Systems
Production Part Approval Process
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