Operational Excellence Analyst – Manufacturing

Buffalo, NY

Post Date: 03/29/2018 Industry: Operations Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience + Bonus + ESOP + Excellent Benefits

The Operational Excellence Analyst is responsible for leading operational performance including quality, productivity, and on time delivery. Responsible for understanding the current process state, identifying efficiency/improvement opportunities, then leading cross-functional team members to drive process improvements tied to KPI’s of the business utilizing CI principles. Overseas large-scale projects or initiatives that extend to multiple plant locations. Some travel required to those plants in the U.S.


  • Serves as a change facilitator, develops and collaborates with business lean champions, and influences site leadership in the transformation to and/or in support of a continuous improvement culture.
  • Establishes root cause and corrective action plans in response to customer quality concerns. Acts as the primary point of customer communication in response to poor customer quality and ensures timely resolution and customer satisfaction.
  • Leads implementation & facilitation of company’s Systematic Tools (AST) & other CI techniques & methodology.
  • Leads production teams to quickly identify and resolve manufacturing process and product performance issues affecting productivity, First Pass Yield, and On Time Delivery using a fact based, data-oriented approach.
  • Identifies & eliminates barriers to one-piece flow as well as manufacturing process bottlenecks affecting productivity and On Time Delivery.
  • Leads cross functional teams to develop and implement new manufacturing processes in support of new product introduction.
  • Designs manufacturing process capability during the new product development phase.
  • Leads company strategies in Operation Excellence as an active participant in continuous improvement projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, preferably Mechanical or Industrial, Master’s degree preferred
  • Solid knowledge and demonstrated understanding of Toyota Productions System and methodologies such as: A3 Development and Management, Process Flow Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, 5S/Visual Factory, TPM, QCO-SMED, Standard Work, Process Problem Solving and root cause analysis (PDCA), Quality at the Source, Just In Time, Kaizen/Continuous Improvement, abnormality management, Hoshin Kanri – SD- X Matrix, project management, cellular and model line development.
  • 5 + years of related experience in a manufacturing environment; knowledge of motion control products a plus
  • Excellent project management skills including knowledge of PM software and methodologies. Certification desired
  • Solid computer skills including MS Office, and ERP/MRP systems.
  • Mostly production floor based and requires considerable time standing and walking on the production floor.
  • Required to operate a computer, other office devices, as well as some machinery on the production floor.
  • Occasionally may have to lift and/or transport items weighing up to 40 pounds.

Michael DeBellis, Jr.

Recruitment professional since 1978 with disciplines in sales / marketing, engineering, manufacturing, accounting / finance, human resources and general management. Previous experience includes college recruiting, advertising / sales promotions and Fortune 500 consumer product sales. He started in the business with AFCO Personnel in 1978 and left as assistant manager in 1982 to form DeBellis Associates. Joe Catherine joined Mike in July 1983 and formed DeBellis & Catherine Associates. Longtime employee Vince Morreale was named partner in 2006 and the name changed to DeBellis, Catherine, Morreale – corporate staffing. Mike holds a BS in business management / marketing from SUNY Empire State College. Mike is a former member of the executive board of the WNY Chapter of the American Heart Association, member of the board of directors of Heritage Christian Services, past board member and vice president of the board of governors at the Park Country Club in Williamsville, NY and actively participates as a volunteer with Special Olympics and various activities with children & adults with special needs. He is an avid golfer and has published his first children’s book, called “Charlie and the Cardboard Box, ” a story about a little boy who needs to use a wheelchair. The book illustrates that despite disabilities, these kids have the same dreams and aspirations as everyone else.

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