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Operational Excellence Manager in Battle Creek at Amotec Inc.

Date Posted: 4/10/2018

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Job Description

Amotec Inc. is conducting a search for an Operational Excellence Manager. Our client is a leading manufacturer of machined parts and assemblies located in southern central Michigan. Reporting to the General Manager, the OPEX Manager oversees the development and implementation of manufacturing systems and processes (Lean, maintenance programs, ERP/MRP, etc.) to maintain proper product functionality as well as cost efficiency; ensures the engineering team and other manufacturing departments work together cohesively and is responsible for the development of equipment and systems to aid in the manufacturing process; leads and directs the work of assigned manufacturing engineers, project engineers, and maintenance technicians.

Essential Functions:

  • Analyze and design lean manufacturing cells using effective systems and simulation tools to optimize, use of space, equipment, material and personnel.
  • Assist in developing plant layout in planning rearrangement of facilities, equipment and operations for better utilization of space.
  • Work closely with research and development, quality assurance and maintenance personnel to prevent problems with products and tooling/fixtures.
  • Ensure all manufacturing safety regulatory policies and procedures are implemented and maintained at all times.
  • Stay informed concerning new manufacturing technologies and equipment in order to manufacture and reduce cost through efficiencies.
  • Support all current and new product introductions.
  • Ensure vendors/subcontractors are manufacturing products according to product specifications.
  • Determine and eliminate root causes and diminish occurrences in the manufacturing process.
  • Ensure that all manufacturing product specifications are developed and testing procedures are in place before starting up vendors/subcontractors.
  • Able to assist in reducing cost through re-engineering product/material.
  • Assist in the assessment of vendor/subcontractor evaluation for consideration.
  • Responsible for training vendors/subcontractors on new product launches to meet target date.

Required Competencies:

  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Technical Capacity
  • Project Management
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Organizational Skill


  • Position may require individual to travel up to 25%.

Required Education and Experience:

  • 3 -5 years of Lean/CI/ manufacturing engineering experience as well as experience as an OPEX Manager
  • Bachelor's degree (Mechanical Engineering preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of engineering theory and how it relates to products (products require a lot of mechanics, fluid dynamics as well as FEA analysis due to the nature of work)
  • Ability to 3D Model in any software (approximately 10% of role)
  • Lean manufacturing (projects, value stream mapping, continuous improvement)
  • Plant layout (has actually done it before as an engineer or as a leader)

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • CAD
  • Assembly, CNC Machining or Screw Machining
  • Batch style / small run manufacturing