Director of Operational Excellence


Waco TX


Industry 1: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Industry 2: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Industry 3: Machinery

Job ID: EB-3522453019
Category: Industrial
Location: Waco, TX

BrainWorks is working with a $400M+ manufacturer of electrical power solutions. The Director of Operational Excellence will be responsible for driving and facilitating measurable improvements across a multi-site, North America-based manufacturing organization (15+ facilities across the US). This position will leverage extensive knowledge and experience in operational excellence principles, coupled with strong interpersonal and influencing skills. This role will lead the organization through Lean transformation, overseeing the deployment of operational initiatives, and playing a pivotal role in continuous improvement across all functional areas.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the deployment of the business unit’s operational excellence initiative, emphasizing operational improvement.
  • Manage a team of three including a Continuous Improvement Engineer, Program Manager and Data Analyst.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, and training on continuous improvement methodologies and tools across multiple functions including inventory / supply chain, logistics, purchasing and engineering.
  • Facilitate Operational Excellence meetings and drive the formulation of immediate and multi-year improvement plans.
  • Support management in developing, planning, and executing an Operational Excellence strategy, aligning project metrics with strategic operational objectives.
  • Develop internal Operational Excellence leaders, coaching supervisors in understanding and applying continuous improvement concepts.
  • Plan and assist in the execution of targeted Kaizen transformational events and projects aimed at enhancing safety, quality, delivery, and cost performance.
  • Manage and coordinate continuous improvement projects, ensuring action plans are executed and gains are maintained.
  • Focus on business performance improvements, aiming for safety enhancements, defect-free products, on-time delivery, and cost reduction.
  • Drive waste elimination, customer satisfaction improvement, and market share increase through operational excellence and continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Act as a key change driver within the organization, supporting cross-functional decisions and communicating changes to employees’ work environments.


  • Bachelor’s Degree – Engineering or Business Management preferred
  • Minimum 2 to 3 years of leadership experience in process improvement / operational excellence
  • Prior value stream operations/process leadership experience in a significant operations role
  • Kaizen and/or Lean certification credentials – Black Belt in Lean and/or 6 Sigma a plus
  • Energy, Power or industrial equipment industry experience is highly valued
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/PC Skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Change management expertise
  • Decision-making and analytical skills
  • Leadership, development, and motivation capabilities
  • Team development skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to accommodate travel requirements with approximately 25 – 50% travel
  • Ability to work onsite in the Waco, TX area facility 3-4 days per week


  • Competitive Salary plus Bonus
  • Full medical, vision, and dental coverage; employee wellness programs
  • 401k Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Vacation

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