Job Reference Code: WP-1667
Job Title: Operations Excellent Specialist
Location: Central KY
Salary: $75-85,000
Last Updated: 02/18/2020
Our services have been retained to recruit an OPERATIONS EXCELLENCE SPECIALIST to be based at a 400+ person, Kentucky/Tennessee plant location of a major multi-facility national food manufacturer.  This highly visible position, which is a weekday, day shift role, is open due to promotion.  The OpEx Specialist will be responsible for the deployment and results of the company’s Operational Excellence performance system using Lean and TPM.   The Operational Excellence Specialist will learn, lead and coordinate with the weekend OpEx specialist, and site pillar champions to drive process improvements and sustain bottom line results through strong daily management systems found in each pillar. The company is looking for a high energy change agent to help the site develop a new mindset, culture, and the way we do our daily work.  Our client is growing steadily and offers outstanding growth opportunities.  This staff level role reports to the Continuous Improvement Leader. 

Plant size of roughly 400 hourly, nonunion.  Facility located in small central TN/KY community (offering great schools, moderate cost-of-living, many outdoor recreational activities and a superior quality of life) that is within commuting distance of two cities of 15,000 and 30,000 population, 45 minutes from a town of 70,000 and roughly 75 minutes from major city. 


Responsible for meeting established objectives pertaining to plant goals and performance Develops and monitors spending against the departmental budget. Promotes integrity, respect, accountability, continuous improvement and positive interactions with all Team Members, customers & vendors. Acts as a business partner to plant management team to develop and implement initiatives to support the overall mission of facilities. Works with direct and indirect reports on skill building activities.

Qualifications: 1-4+ years operations and leadership experience in a manufacturing environment required, preferably food-related industry. Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Demonstrated knowledge and experience in continuous improvement methods; with ability to teach, train and develop associates & leadership Exposure and/or Participation with Pillar Based Operational Excellence Program (preferred) Ability to direct and lead cross functional improvement teams, sharing better business practices across supply chain Must be competent in facilitating lean kaizen events with demonstrated bottom line results Strong team builder, mentor, coach, and influential leader; with a history of building trust and effecting change Analytical/statistical problem solver; experience with trigger based / short interval control root cause analysis a plus Working knowledge of manufacturing, scheduling, and overall supply chain. Demonstrated ability to appropriately work with confidential information and situations and manage correspondence. Positive, energetic leadership and self-motivation skills, who is an advocate for change and serves as a change catalyst

This is a M-F Primarily 1st shift role, within a 24x7 facility. Flexibility to support projects is required This is a highly visible position. Candidates must desire to move up within the organization and be willing to relocate Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business Management (preferred)

Salary in the $75-85,000 base range (not eligible for bonus) along with competitive company benefits and outstanding challenge and growth potential.  This is an immediate need…please send updated resume if any questions or interest.  Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Wade Palmer

Wade Palmer & Associates, Inc.

417-889-3434 – off

417-860-5607 - cell