Director, Operational Excellence

Date: Oct 14, 2021

Location: Houston, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Dover Precision Components delivers performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery across the oil & gas, power generation, marine, industrial, chemical and general processing markets. Comprising the Waukesha Bearings, Bearings Plus, Inpro/Seal and Cook Compression brands, our portfolio includes hydrodynamic bearings, active magnetic bearings, system and bearing protection, and reciprocating compressor valves, sealing technologies, pistons, rods and more. Each solution is custom-engineered to provide optimum efficiency, reliability and productivity, and backed by comprehensive aftermarket services. Dover Precision Components serves its global customer base through facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as technical sales representatives around the world. Dover Precision Components is part of Dover Corporation’s Fluids segment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          At Dover Precision Components, we are expanded our Operational Excellence team and we have an opportunity for a Director of Operational Excellence to lead, promote and facilitate the implementation of the Dover Operational Excellence Model throughout our multiple manufacturing locations.  This includes Special Projects and its associated processes that will lead to Operations and Supply Chain Process Improvements and Optimization.  


As part of the incumbent’s responsibilities; this position requires a minimum of 50% travel domestically and occasionally overseas travel.


Position Summary 


This position will be measured by the successful deployment of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing principles and use of Advanced Statistical Tools throughout the organization to turnaround and/or enhance Operational and Financial Performance at all DPC facilities. 


This position will also be responsible for driving Transformational Processes through the diligent use of Operational Excellence Tools and Methodologies. 


Although this person reports to the VP of Operations, the span of responsibility includes all of the DPC business. While supply chain is an integral part of operational excellence and productivity improvements, the global supply chain manager will report directly to this role.


All supply chain professionals and CI professionals will dotted line report through either the Global Supply Chain Manager or directly to the Director of Operational Excellence.


Key Responsibilities and Experience 


  • Ability to combine initiative, integrity and professional discipline to accomplish difficult tasks in a collaborative manner. 
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization. 
  • Comfortable and capable of interacting effectively with Senior Leadership.  
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to make significant improvements in unstructured manufacturing environments. 
  • Capable of leading transformational processes by introducing innovative manufacturing tools including automation to enhance manufacturing operational performance including safety, quality and output. 
  • Exceptional Training, Assessment and Coaching and Influencing skills to successfully deploy Operational Excellence Model and implement from start to finish effective Improvement Action Plans to support facilities as they embark on their Lean Journeys. 
  • Ability to engage with many plants to direct, train and project manage all aspects of Operational Excellence. 
  • Advanced Problem Solving and Negotiation skills. 
  • Ability to do effective Problem Solving – able to define "Problem Statement", engage, motivate and improve Operations across Manufacturing, Supply Chain and supporting functions. 
  • Experience in Value Stream/Process Mapping – Current, Future and Ideal states. 
  • Experience in leading and facilitating improvement initiatives in both transactional and non-transactional environments with emphasis in problem solving. 
  • Continuous Improvement Leadership Experience. 
  • Subject Matter Expert in many of the Operational Excellence Standards. 
  • Ability to lead domestic and global Cross-Functional Teams. 
  • Data driven, must be able to understand and explain business metrics and performance variance. 
  • Experience in Supply Chain Optimization: Fabrication, Machining, Electronics and Plastic Injection Molding. 
  • Data driven, must be able to understand and explain business metrics and performance variance. 
  • Manufacturing – Experienced in different Manufacturing Strategies including Make to Stock, Configured to Order and Engineering to Order. 
  • Competent in Enterprise Resource Planning, Material Requirements Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems. 
  • Superior organization, time-management and prioritization. Demonstrated Project Management skills and ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously.


Candidate Qualifications 


  • 10-15 years of progressive leadership experience including Plant Management and/or Operational Excellence roles in global organizations and multi-site environments. 
  • Significant experience leading transformational processes including ergonomically designed manufacturing areas including the use of automation and/or advanced tools and fixtures. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience with a strong technical affinity. 
  • Masters / MBA desired. 
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification. 
  • Green Belt or Black Belt Certification desired. 
  • Proficient in MS Office. 
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in driving change management across multi-site operation. 
  • Proficient in reading and understanding business reports, especially ERP and Financial Reports. 



Note: This Job Description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the Supervisor. All requirements are subject to change and updates.

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