Director of Operational Excellence

Milwaukee, WI 53223

Posted: 05/18/2019 Industry: Manufacturing Job Number: 2096


 Looking for an Operational Excellence Architect interested in taking a 100-year market leader to the next level

 THE COMPANY  -  This is a privately held market leader with a 100-year history of innovation and growth. They are a $150 million manufacturer of high end, premium grade commercial and residential cooling, cooking, dispensing and stainless storage equipment for both indoor and outdoor application. Customers include restaurants, bars, sports stadiums and high-end home owners. They have a 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Milwaukee and a 180,000 sq. ft. facility in Mexico. The company uses an Epicor ERP system and a SolidWorks CAD platform. They market globally and are the industry leader. Products are sold through a network of residential distributors and commercial manufacturers reps and dealers. In 2017 they were designated as “Best in Class” by a prominent, nationally recognized food service equipment magazine for the 14th year in a row! The award is based on surveys of dealers, customers and design firms. The culture is very open and supportive. Senior leaders work to create a work place that people like to join and come to. Strategic thinking is long term and because the company is privately held the management group has support to stay the course on projects. There will be a number of retirements over the next 5 years which offers the prospect of personal growth for people at all levels. Growth has been robust for the past 5 years which will drive need for people at managerial levels to take on additional responsibility.

 THE OPPORTUNITY –  As the Director of Operational Excellence you will drive lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, six sigma, quality management, process improvement, program management and “customer delight” metrics. This is a highly visible position that will report to the company COO and interact daily with executive management. You will be the corporate center pole for communication between sales, engineering, operations and senior management on metrics tracking, process improvement, new product development, project approval, project execution and project tracking. You will have reach across all business units to lead the company’s lean journey, nurture a CI culture, assist with organizational development, facilitate an efficient phase gate process, ensure on time project completion, continually improve ERP capability and oversee cost reduction projects. You will provide support for both the Milwaukee Wisconsin and Monterey Mexico manufacturing operations.


  • Four-year degree in operations, engineering or business
  • Solid project management experience
  • Has worked in a lean and continuous improvement culture
  • ERP experience
  • Understands phase gate project management
  • Cross functional team management experience
  • A hands-on, assertive leader that enjoys engaging with people on the floor
  • Likes the pace of a growing company
  • Is a systems thinker focused on continuous improvement
  • Willing to travel up to 30%

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