Sr. Operational Excellence Manager
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets specialty
ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of
life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the
finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our
corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson
Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices,
manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the
US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded
company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $700 million and
a market cap exceeding $4.0 billion. The company consists of three
business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition &
Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people
worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to
developing the company into global market leadership positions. To
learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit
THIS ROLE CAN BE BASED IN FARIBAULT MN, ST. LOUIS MO OR MONTVALE
The Operational Excellence Manager is expected to be the leading
LEAN subject matter expert for her/his assigned geography or
locations. This position is responsible for leading process
performance improvements in a food manufacturing environment (The
specific activities are listed in the Essential Functions below).
Along with manufacturing leadership, the role will be responsible
for enabling and sustaining a culture of continuous
Establish, maintain, and continually improve plant performance
through a LEAN mindset. Improvement focus areas include:
Cost and waste elimination.
Throughput improvements or debottlenecking.
Process flow improvements, increasing overall plant
Increased process reliability through improved processes,
procedures, and practices.
Ensure the use of CAPA and accelerated continuous improvement
processes to track and capture value initiatives.
Facilitate generation of initiatives and prioritization, maintain
standards for tracking, and ensure accountability processes are in
Assist manufacturing leadership in establishment of metrics and key
performance indicators as well as best practice performance dialog
Occasionally provide updates to senior leadership regarding overall
or specific plant progress.
Develop, continually improve, and promote usability of data
visualization tools such as PowerBi and Pi Data Historian as it
relates to improvement initiatives.
Lead specific site high speed turn-around efforts.
Foster a team-oriented culture of coordination, cooperation and
communication cross-functionally throughout the company.
Build and maintain a high-performance environment and coach others
in effective team interaction and function.
Must understand the company vision and mission and maintain
Must be familiar with and comply with company policies and
procedures including those of the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Equal
Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) regulations.
Ability and willingness to learn, understand, follow and promote
documented work procedures.
Bachelor's degree in Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering or
related field from an accredited university/college and significant
applicable work experience.
7+ years of operational excellence experience; proven direct
leadership experience; minimum of 5 years leadership experience in
a manufacturing environment preferred.
Proven application of skill set delivering tangible business
Food or pharmaceutical experience is a plus.
Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office suite especially Excel
Experience with the function of ERP systems such as SAP, MS
Dynamics, or similar software.
Knowledge of data visualization tools and distributive control
systems is a plus.
Knowledge of food GMP's a plus.
Specific knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and TPM
Clear sense of urgency and ability to manage priorities to meet
immediate needs and long-term goals.
Ability to manage time and workload efficiently, and the ability to
prioritize and modify priorities accordingly.
Strong safety orientation.
Self-motivation and ability to work independently given a scope of
work or mission.
Demonstrated ability to work and develop others at all levels in an
Sensitive to other cultures/backgrounds, able to work in a
Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment while
moving multiple simultaneous projects forward.
Strong verbal and written communication skills to discuss, develop,
and implement plans.
High sensitivity to quality and on time delivery of
Ability to lead and develop others.
Willingness and ability to respectfully hold team and peers
accountable for execution and overall reliability performance.
Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time.
Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and
promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and
a work environment free of harassment and hostility.
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