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Operational Excellence Specialist (Entry Level)

Company:  Ball Corporation

Findlay, OH, US, 45840

Date:  Sep 14, 2022
Job Category:  Quality/ Continuous Improvement
Req. ID:  22520

Do you want to work for a world-leading manufacturer who strives to build a better future through sustainability and innovation? Are you looking for a new challenge in a stable, fast-growing sector?


Join us, and build your career by helping us build the future.


We are a global leader in sustainable products with more than 21,000 team members worldwide. From infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, cups, and aerosol bottles, to aerospace solutions that enable our customers to have a deeper understanding of our planet and the universe. We produce all these incredible things with one unique purpose: crafting a better community, a better society, a better world.


Moreover, each of us has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion which is the foundation of our culture of belonging. And everyone at Ball is an everyday champion, making a difference by doing what we love.


We lead with our heads and our hearts and combine innovative thinking with a spirit of resiliency that keeps us moving forward in a relentless pursuit of new ways to make life, and the world, better. Whether we’re developing packaging that’s infinitely recyclable or aerospace innovations. Because what we create may change, but what we will always make is a difference.



Primary purpose of the position:

The Operational Excellence Specialist is an entry level position.  It is both, a facilitative leader and a learner, operating under the supervision of the Regional Manager Lean Six Sigma or Regional Operational Excellence Manager.  The Operational Excellence Specialist is expected to be able to learn and understand the can making process and get involved with day to day operations at the plant. 


The dual focus is on:

  • Leading standardization of the management process at the plant, working directly with employees on all shifts and teams.
  • Leading various process improvement assignments and projects that yield bottom-line productivity, improved throughput and better quality.

This is an entry level development role with an assignment of approximately 2 years.  After 2 years, through solid performance, candidates may have an opportunity to grow into a Plant Supervisor role and a path to other future leadership roles. 


Essential Responsible Areas:

  • Plant resource to facilitate/execute plant standardization of the management system and work with employees at all levels to help facilitate, train and track implementation to standard. 
  • Leads and facilitates improvement teams, workshop teams, and individual improvement projects aligned with plant or department priorities:
  • Participates as a team member, problem solving resource and group facilitator on plant or department improvement teams as required; also participates in daily problem-solving activities.
  • Collaborates with plant team to conduct process analysis and performance reporting in support of internal or external client needs.
  • Learns and practices Lean tools and techniques (DMAIC, PDCA, root cause analysis, risk assessment/FMEA, kaizen).
  • Collaborates with plant training resources to support the development, documentation, training, sustainment and improvement of standardized work.
  • Supports and facilitates adoption of best practices to eliminate waste and improve performance for assigned plant or function.
  • Required to present, educate, train and facilitate at all levels and to external audiences.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, Science, Supply Chain or equivalent work-related experience
  • Job related experience process improvement or project management experience; manufacturing experience (preferred)
  • Must be able to prioritize multiple projects, perform complex tasks, organize and follow through consistently and work under pressure to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven team builder and leader
  • Strong written and oral communication, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to influence upward, across and down without formal authority
  • Willing to take risks, challenge the status quo and work under ambiguous circumstances
  • Intellectually, emotionally and logically capable and confident; has the intelligence and stature to quickly gain credibility and become a trusted advisor.
  • Computer based skills (MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word)



Compensation & Benefits

  • Hiring Salary Range:$60,900-91,080 (Salary to be determined by the applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.)
  • Other Compensation:   This role will be eligible to participate in the annual incentive compensation plan.
  • Regular Full-Time Salaried and Hourly positions: Ball includes a comprehensive benefits structure, Go to our career site and click "Total Rewards" to learn more.


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Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans

Nearest Major Market: Lima
Nearest Secondary Market: Findlay

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