Join boundless thinkers from all walks of life working together to feed the world. Take pride in working with powerful brands, including Purina Animal Nutrition, Nutra Blend, WinField United, Vermont Creamery, KozyShack, and more.You'll join a global team committed to everything from the seeds that go into the ground, to the technology that improves crop yields and sustainability, to the nutrition that animals need, to marketing the final product.Operational Excellence ManagerThe Operational Excellence Manager will provide industry leading technical services that support the business objectives within the scope of Cheese operations for the Land O'Lakes Melrose, MN plant. The primary purpose of this role is to reduce processing variation, drive operational effectiveness, and increase cost competitiveness in addition to complying with the highest quality, safety, and environmental regulations and goals. This position will be leading the Continuous Improvement transformation at the Melrose, MN plant. The position requires an expert level of responsibility.This role will address causes of variation: Develop 2-year roadmap for addressing specific key process improvements across the Melrose, MN Land O'Lakes facility.Assess specific causes of variation to drive consistency, reliability, capacity expansion, cost reduction, and risk mitigation opportunities.This role will drive a culture of Continuous Improvement: Drive Management Infrastructure improvementsDrive Mindsets and Behaviors improvementsImplement standards around 5S, visual controls, communication etc.Drive a culture of cost savingsThis role will utilize industry leading outside resources: Identify world-class technologies and drive best practicesSolidify relationships / partnerships with key vendorsThis role will align operations capabilities to business objectives: Identify and prioritize operational problemsCoordinate plant technical solutionsAssist in coordinating plant trialsThis role will drive asset effectiveness through common standards and training: Develop clear common standards for specific equipment operation and performance measurement: Operations, Maintenance, Control Systems, Quality, Energy, and EH&SDevelop specific key asset evaluation checklistsAssist in developing effective operation and maintenance training programsAssist in developing specific maintenance strategies and PM programsExperience-Education (Required): BS Engineering or Technical/Science discipline (Mechanical, Industrial, and Chemical)10 plus years’ experience including 5 years Food/Dairy or Industrial Manufacturing experience and production supervision.Competencies-Skills (Required): Problem solving and leading significant change.Collaboration and team building.Comprehension of variation.Leading improvement projects in a manufacturing environment.Excellent communication and coaching skills (written and verbal) at all levels of the organization, from the shop floor to senior management.Must possess strong project management quantitative and analytical skillsSoftware applications such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etcDairy and/or food manufacturing experience are preferredExperience with the following methodologies and practices: FMEA, Kaizen, Lean tools, 5S, Visual Factory Aids, SMED concepts, VSM, VOC and Poke Yoke highly desiredLean Six Sigma Certification / Black Belt designation is highly preferred.Hours: Melrose plant is a 24/7 operations. Off Shift hours may be required as needed.Land O’Lakes, Inc offers a competitive salary and bonus potential. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package as well as many other companies sponsored benefits. This position is based in Melrose, MN and relocation benefits are provided.