Director, Continuous Improvement

Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Hamilton, OH, US

Company: Dover Corporation

For over 125 years, OPW has led the way in designing and manufacturing world-class retail fueling, fluid handling and car wash system solutions for the safe and efficient handling and distribution of fuels and critical fluids. OPW makes above ground and below ground products for both conventional, vapour recovery and clean energy applications in the retail and commercial markets. Additionally, OPW supplies loading arms, valves and dry-break couplings, tank truck equipment, rail car valves and equipment, and car wash systems. OPW has manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, with sales offices around the world. OPW is part of the Dover Corporation, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under 'DOV'. To learn more about OPW’s 125 years of providing industry-leading solutions, visit our website at www.opwglobal.com.

Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of over $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at dovercorporation.com.

Reporting to the President of OPW, the Director, Continuous Improvement is responsible for developing, driving, and championing a Continuous Improvement environment by facilitating process improvement initiatives across OPW’s global business units..


Primary Responsibilities/Essential Responsibilities:


  • Work with employees at all levels of the organization to identify and drive continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Know, understand and champion Daily Visual Management methodology and execution:
    • Train/Coach/Mentor employees at all levels of the organization on the tools and methods that support a continuous improvement culture. Coordinate the development of an organization-wide training plan through the green belt / black belt program and execute as planned.
  • Conduct specific training on the use of continuous improvement process tools and develop green/black belt expertise through OPW:
    • A3 problem solving 
    • 5S and visual management
    • Plan For Every Part (PFEP)
    • Product Planning Group (PPG)
    • Process and Value Stream Mapping / Value Stream Design
    • Sales and Inventory Planning
  • Develop and administer programs for developing and certifying green and black belts.
  • Create platform to share best practice across operating companies globally.
  • Develop KPI’s for monitoring and reporting CI initiatives and activities monthly.
  • Function as a project manager for large scale cross functional process improvement projects.
  • Development of project plans including timelines, budget, scope and requirements and execution of such plans including training and transitioning to end user departments.
  • Identify process improvement opportunities that are linked to business goal results. Demonstrate results through performance measurement and analysis.
  • Liaison between Dover corporate and OPW to secure resources to advance OPW operations.
  • Liaison with plant operations to develop and execute three-year CI roadmaps.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing, Engineering, or business-related field with a minimum of 5 years in a Continuous Improvement leadership role. Project management experience a plus.
  • Experience in an operations/manufacturing is required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Project required
  • Ability to travel to other OPW domestic and international locations (50%)


Desired Characteristics, competence and capabilities:

  • Proven record of internal and external customer orientation.
  • Experience in training and cultural change management.
  • Formal training and/or certification in Lean, Six Sigma methodologies.
  • Experience with Microsoft PowerPoint and Visio.
  • Professional presentation skills including persuasive communication skills, adept listening and interpretation skills.
  • Well-developed cross functional ability to work with all levels of a manufacturing organization and an international workforce.
  • Strong Oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present, influence and collaborate at the leadership level.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Ohio : Hamilton

Sub Division : OPW Corporate

Job Requisition ID : 36044

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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