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Operational Excellence Manager - Chicago, IL

Elgin, IL, US, 60120

Oldcastle Infrastructure
IPG - Atlanta HQ

 

 

Job ID:  360652

Exempt

 

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 be a key resource in developing and completing manufacturing process improvement projects and best practices across Infrastructure Products Group’s 80+ precast and enclosures manufacturing locations.  These improvement projects will increase profitability, throughput, and quality; improving the Group’s competitive position.  The Operational Excellence Manager 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 and corporate functions to implement, track and manage change initiatives.

 

Responsibilities

 

  • 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
  • Help identify opportunities for significant improvement by working with operations and/or sales teams to understand opportunities to apply lean process improvement initiatives
  • Provide oversight and guidance, planning, training and mentoring to plant-level teams implementing continuous flow production processes
  • 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 ensure 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 – 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

 

Education/Experience

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or related degree or the equivalent in relevant experience
  • 10+ years of manufacturing experience in make-to or engineered-to-order plan environment
  • In depth knowledge and practical experience applying lean manufacturing methodologies to support continuous production operations.  Track record of achieving positive results using lean manufacturing techniques
  • Competency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and experience with ERP/MRP systems and project management tools
  • Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt preferred
  • Demonstrable experience leading manufactured cost improvements
  • Industry experience in concrete manufacturing or building products sectors
  • Effective team builder and leader with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team within a highly matrixed environment

 

Knowledge/Skill Requirements

 

  • Strong ability to develop and maintain a wide range of multi-site relationships at all levels of the organization utilizing influence, communication, facilitation, and presentation to effectively define and manage positive change
  • Thorough understanding of lean management tools and practices with ability to assess, explain and deploy with common-sense approach to plant teams to drive measurable improvements.
  • Problem solver able to consistently think strategically, act with urgency, and uphold our high ethical standards
  • Travel up to 75% of the time

 

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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Date Posted:  May 8, 2022


Nearest Major Market: Elgin
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago

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