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Operations Excellence Manager

Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Portland, TN, US

Company: Dorman Products

OPEX Manager will lead, drive and focus the organization on Lean Implementation in the area of Order to Invoice, Material, Labor and Overhead Improvements to and through the SAP ERP Operating System. Candidate will instill a lean/continuous improvement culture throughout the organization. Candidate will desire career progression and be given responsibilities and opportunities as such. 


Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and drive VA/VE, lean, problem solving activity across the business unit 
  • Facilitate and lead VA/VE workshops with internal teams as well as with the supply base 
  • Facilitate cost improvement idea generation internally and externally 
  • Lead problem solving training and execution across the business unit 
  • Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills 
  • Six Sigma problem-solving through continuous improvement projects, and events. 
  • Drive actions to ensure business objectives are met 
  • Major job duties will include Leading and facilitating, and training teams in/with Lean tools such as: 
  • Value Stream Mapping and Analysis 
  • Kaizen Events 
  • Lean 6_ Projects 
  • Standard Work & Process Control 
  • 5S & Visual Work Place 
  • Other duties as assigned 



  • Extremely results oriented. 
  • Requires sufficient skills and experience in developing process controls and quality standards.  
  • Knowledge and experience in Lean manufacturing and Continuous Improvement practices required.  
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and meeting all agreed deadlines. 
  • Strong sense of urgency in meeting customer needs.  
  • Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint software. 
  • Previous SAP knowledge is a plus.  
  • Physical Requirement: Capability to lift 50 pounds.  
  • Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach, swivel, carry items from one building to another, and speak and actively listen.  Noise level is usually moderate. 


  • Requires a BS degree in Engineering or related field 
  • At least 3-5 years of Lean, Lean 6_, Lean Manufacturing, Operational Excellence Manager, Continuous Improvement Engineer, Facilitator, or experience in a fast pace manufacturing environment. Experience as lead facilitator for a minimum of 10 kaizen events that have delivered noteworthy improvements in productivity, working capital and quality.  Kaizen events should span Value Stream Mapping, Standard Work, and 5S at a minimum.  



Dorman Products, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer; we value a combination of ideas, perspectives and cultures. EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V.

Candidates must pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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