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Operational Excellence Specialist

Company:  Ball Corporation

Ft. Atkinson, WI, US, 53538

Date:  May 30, 2024
Job Category:  Quality/ Continuous Improvement
Req. ID:  36184

Further your career at Ball, a world leader in manufacturing sustainable aluminum packaging. Achieve extraordinary things when you join our team, and make a difference in your professional development, the community, and around the globe!

Ball is thrilled to receive Newsweek's 2023 Top 100 Global Most Loved Workplace award! As a sustainable product leader, we have over 21,000 global team members. From endlessly recyclable aluminum cans, and cups, to aerosol bottles, our goal is to contribute to a better community, society, and world.

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: $ 70,000 - 90,000 (Salary to be determined by the applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.)
-  This role will be eligible to participate in the annual incentive compensation plan.
-  Ball includes a comprehensive benefits structure, Go to our career site and click "Total Rewards" to learn more.


Ball Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively encourage applications from everybody. All qualified job applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran status, age, political affiliation or any other non-merit characteristic.


When you join Ball you belong to a team of over 21,000 members worldwide. Our products range from infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, cups to aerosol bottles that enable our customers to contribute to a better world.


Each of us has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion which is the foundation of our culture of belonging.


Everyone at Ball is making a difference by doing what we love. Because what we create may change, but what we will always make is a difference.


Please note the advertised job title might vary from the job title on the contract due to local job title structure and global HR systems.
No agencies please.




Nearest Major Market: Madison

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