Sr. Operations Excellence Manager

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November 17, 2020
Katy, TX
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The Sr. Operations Excellence Manager is responsible for leading all facets associated with driving Operational Excellence efforts within U.S. Silica corporate and plant operations. The role’s focus is to identify and improve the results of manufacturing and operational processes to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction. The Sr. Operations Excellence Manager will report into the VP of Operations.

Essential Job Functions:

    • Coach and lead Operational Excellence Team members on assigned business objectives, assist plants and business functions improve operational excellence
    • Identify opportunities for action through financial and performance analysis
    • Identify key waste initiatives, including seeking out and eliminating waste in all plant functions
    • Optimize operations, recognize inefficiencies and work with plant personnel on solutions to maximize productivity
    • Carry out advanced data collection and analysis for process mapping, develop budgets and cost analysis to determine project feasibility
    • Drive value stream mapping to define “As-is Analysis” and the transition to future state
    • Coach and lead cross-functional improvement events
    • Coach and manage projects at both the origination and site levels
    • Performing internal and external benchmarking, analysis, target setting, and publishing of key performance indicators (KPI)
    • Write PAR projects and measure performance against capital expenditure strategy and measure performance against project objectives
    • Function in the manner of an internal consultant on operational excellence projects.
    • Additional duties as assigned
    • Manager with 2-5 direct reports

Required Education, Knowledge, and Skills:

    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
    • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt preferred
    • 3-6 years of experience leading operational excellence and/or continuous improvement initiatives in a process manufacturing environment or other relevant experience
    • People leadership experience of two or more years
    • Experience leading and training field operations on LEAN methodologies
    • Experience leading KAIZEN events
    • Systemic problem solver, with experience implementing solutions to solve root cause problems
    • Ability to handle multiple, complex priorities and balance the needs of each
    • according to business impact
    • Experience in a variety of manufacturing areas (production, logistics, supply chain, etc.)
    • Creative and change-oriented Continuous Improvement process skills
    • Ability to work with abstract and complex concepts as well as communicate them in an easy to understand way
    • Experience utilizing root cause analysis techniques (fishbone diagram, pareto charts, 5 Whys, etc.)
    • Advanced communication skills to work in a team environment and lead through influence
    • Implementation planning, coaching and facilitation skills
    • Ability to work successfully with a broad range of employees ranging in level from frontline to senior leadership
    • Strong Project Management skills
    • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
    • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills
    • Experience with Powered BI preferred
    • Experience with JDE a plus
    • Experience using SharePoint a plus


  • Up to 50% of the time

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