Operation Excellence Advanced Manufacturing Leader

Date: Jan 26, 2023

Location: Keosauqua, IA, US, 52565

Company: Dover Corporation

Our Story:


Dover Food Retail (DFR) is a leading manufacturer of Display Cases, Specialty Products, Refrigeration Systems, Power Systems and Comprehensive Services; and leading our industry by Innovating What’s Next in glass doors and intelligent merchandising technologies that keep food safe under brands such as HillPhoenix and Anthony.


DFR is part of the Climate & Sustainable Technologies segment of the Dover Corporation® (NYSE: DOV). Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of $7 billion.


DFR is built on creativity and customer-centric innovation delivered by people invigorated by a strong sense of responsibility to help our customers win in their marketplaces. The relationships we build with our customers are as important to our success as the products we manufacture. This collaborative environment delivers FRESH THINKING, reassuring our customers that they choose the best when they choose to work with the people of Dover Food Retail.


Job Title:        Operational Excellence (OpEx) Advanced Manufacturing Leader            

Location:        Keosauqua, IA  


What we’re looking for:


We are looking for an Operational Excellence (OpEx) Advanced Manufacturing Leader who will be responsible for promoting and facilitating the implementation of the Dover Operational Excellence Model at the assigned manufacturing locations.


This includes Special Projects and its associated processes that will lead to Operations and Supply Chain Process Improvements and Optimization.


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


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


What you’ll be responsible for in this role:


  • Partners with cross-functional teams in value stream mapping and kaizen execution to exceed segment-level lean transformation objectives
  • Properly engage, collaborate and influence all functions to ensure the continuous improvement strategy is understood and is sufficiently supported by the appropriate stakeholders.
  • Provide change management leadership to ensure we achieve and sustain our targeted performance levels.
  • Serves as subject matter expert in providing guidance in lean transformation activities to exceed strategic objectives
  • Exceptional Training, Assessment, 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 Centerville and Keosauqua, IA plants to direct, train and manage all aspects of Operational Excellence.
  • Model, lead and coach people on the culture change necessary to support and sustain Continuous Improvement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Competent in Enterprise Resource Planning, Material Requirements Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems.


What are the basic qualifications?


  • 10 years of progressive leadership experience including Plant Management and/or Operational Excellence roles in global organizations and multi-site environments
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering dicipline with a strong technical affinity


What are the preferred qualifications?


  • MBA desired
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification desired
  • Green Belt or Black Belt Certification desired


To be a great fit for the role:


  • 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


How We Define Our Values and Why You Should Join Our Team:


The backbone behind our collection of outstanding businesses is a team of dedicated employees who protect and enhance our valued reputation for quality and delivering what we promise. It’s our values that define Dover to all of our key audiences: our shareholders, customers, prospective employees and especially to ourselves.


These values must be expressed in our work and embody our actions, as they form the basis by which we do our jobs, make decisions and measure our performance. It’s our unwavering commitment to maintaining our values that defines who we are as a Company.


  • Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Winning Through Customers
  • Respects and Values People
  • Expectations for Results
  • High Ethical Standards, Openness, and Trust


What’s in it for you?


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending
  • Paid Holidays










The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.


Dover Food Retail is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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