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Director of Operational Excellence - Chandler, AZ

Chandler, AZ, US, 85225




Job ID:  172299



Oldcastle Infrastructure, a CRH company, is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete, and plastic products in the United States. Our products range from utility vaults, reinforced concrete pipe, catch basins, drainage and septic tanks, to retaining walls, storm shelters, wall panels, concrete barriers, a variety of prestressed concrete products and more.   With more than 80 locations nationwide and 3,000 plus employees, Oldcastle Infrastructure is committed to upholding core values of reliability, quality, and service in cutting edge ways.


Position Overview


This position will lead the development and execution of manufacturing process improvement projects, including lean manufacturing implementation and capital improvement projects at Oldcastle Infrastructure’s West Region precast and enclosures manufacturing locations, located in the states of CA, AZ, OR, WA, ID, UT and Canada.  These projects will improve productivity, quality, manufactured cost and delivery.  The Director of Operational Excellence should be self-motivated and able to work effectively in a decentralized and matrixed team environment.   This position will work closely with plant management teams to implement, track and manage change initiatives.  The Director of Operational Excellence will be directly supported by a team of four Manufacturing Engineers.


Essential Responsibilities


Manufacturing Process Improvements


  • Develop, evaluate and improve production methods utilizing lean tools, knowledge of product design, materials and parts, tooling and production equipment capabilities, process methods, and quality control standards to reduced manufactured cost. 
  • Help identify opportunities for significant improvement by working with operations, engineering, and supply chain teams to identify improvement initiatives and/or capital investment to reduce manufactured costs while driving profitability and competitive advantage.
  • Lead, mentor, and coach a team of Manufacturing Engineers to drive manufacturing process change through active hands-on communication and coordination with plant-level teams
  • Oversee and lead plant improvement workshops to identify, diagnose and address bottlenecks and inefficiencies in production processes
  • Provide follow-up and tracking to insure identified improvement opportunities are completed as planned and teams are accountable to the process
  • Translate operational needs into project requirements and specifications
  • Force rank improvement opportunities to prioritize and track progress – develop and implement project analysis techniques and processes to select opportunities that optimize the following desired attributes: Profit impact, Time to complete, Complexity, Risk, Cost to Implement
  • Provide oversight and guidance, planning, training and mentoring to plant-level teams implementing lean production tools and frameworks
  • Serve as change agent working collaboratively within and across departments, functions and locations to help implement a culture of continuous improvement
  • Identify, document and share best practices within broader Infrastructure team


Capital Projects


  • Lead identification, development and planning of capital improvement projects within West Region business operations.
  • Provide key support and leadership for capital projects to include:  market analysis, customer analysis, evaluation and selection of equipment and machinery (and opportunities for standardization within Oldcastle Infrastructure), plant design and layout, financial analysis and formal written business proposals
  • As appropriate, solicit proposals from vendors/contractors to address capital project requirements and specifications
  • Together with operations teams evaluate proposals received
  • Oversee detailed design, drafting and engineering
  • Work with Supply Chain function to prepare purchase order contracts for major vendors, engineers, and contractors.
  • Assist procurement in monitoring compliance with specified terms and conditions of the contracts


Thought Partner 


  • Assist West Region President and other key staff on major investments and initiatives.
  • Support evaluation, planning, opportunity identification and implementation of best practices and standards for West Region business acquisition targets; assist with integrations as needed
  • Analysis of manufacturing footprint and evaluation of expansions or consolidations
  • Support annual budgeting process to include prioritizing, quantifying and planning process improvement opportunities, capital projects and consolidation and acquisition opportunities




  • Business Acumen – Makes sound business decisions based on a strong understanding of the company’s business model, strategic goals, as well as best practices and current technologies.
  • Leadership Communication – Generates a shared commitment to the organization, builds morale, and encourages ownership of mission, goals, and values.
  • Process Management – Takes a systematic approach to making the company’s workflow more effective, efficient, and capable of adapting to an ever-changing environment.
  • Leading Change – Effectively creates a vision for change and engage others to implement the change process.
  • Deliberative Decision Making – Gathers, considers, and evaluates all relevant information to make logical conclusions before being moved to action.
  • Decisiveness – Takes calculated risks, even in the absence of all information.
  • Strategic Thinking – Develops and helps drive a shared understanding of a long-term vision that describes how the organization needs to operate now and in the future.
  • Leadership Maturity – Serves as a role model for performance and organizational behavior by demonstrating humility, confidence, and courage.
  • Organizational Savvy – Gathers and accurately assess information related to the organization’s formal and informal communication channels and power relationships.
  • Strategic Talent Management – Attracts, hires, engages, and develops talented people to build the capabilities required for the organization to perform at high levels.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or related degree or the equivalent in relevant experience (MBA Preferred)
  • 15+ years of operations management experience applying lean manufacturing methodologies to support continuous production operations
  • Drives for results with a bias to action and pragmatic approach to identifying/executing cost reduction initiatives and driving continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to lead through influence and manage multiple improvement projects at multiple sites simultaneously
  • Effective team builder and leader with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team within a highly matrixed environment, as well as the ability to recruit and develop great talent
  • Competency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and experience with ERP/MRP systems and project management tools


What CRH Americas Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


Oldcastle Infrastructure, a CRH company, is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


CRH Americas is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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