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Element Materials Technology Operational Excellence (OE) Manager in Columbia, Maryland


Element has an opportunity for Operational Excellence Manager to join our growing team. you are responsible for creating and executing the lean transformation plan. You are part of the global OE team and will work with the local management teams (site leadership) and higher management (Directors and Vice Presidents) to execute the lean transformation and thus improve the performance of the site. You are charged with the task to increase operational performance and profitability. Besides project management and business tools, you will use Lean and operational tools like: 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, set-up time reduction, short interval management and change management. Experience or knowledge about QRM (Quick Response Manufacturing) is a positive.


  • Responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Lean transformation program

  • Will work closely with General Managers, Operations Managers, Directors and Vice Presidents as well as OE Managers and other change agents in the business

  • Making a plan with locations’ management for the Lean transformation

  • The preparation, execution and aftercare of improvement activities

  • The measurement of progress and targeting of results from improvement activities

  • Training, Coaching and development of OE Managers, change agents and management to ensure the maximum positive impact of the project on the Element stakeholders

  • Proactive and effective communication related to improvement initiatives

  • Mobilize commitment for change and enable the continuous sustainment of change initiatives

Skills / Qualifications

  • Must be experienced in managing complex and sensitive issues

  • Broad experience in Lean and transformation processes (experience with QRM is a plus)

  • Must be proficient in standard office software and computer systems (MS Windows, Word, Power Point)

  • Must be advanced Excel user

  • Competent use of statistics related to Business Improvement metrics (experience with PowerBI is a plus)

  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively deal with internal customers; foster open upward and downward communication within the organization built on mutual respect

  • Well developed and effective verbal and written communication skills used in working with peers and employees at all levels of the organization

  • Project management skills to manage the process of providing excellent customer service, exceptional quality of service and turnaround, and continuous improvement ;

  • Broad knowledge of operations, engineering, and financial management;

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, operations management, or related field

  • Minimum 10 years in business of which at least 4 years spent in operational excellence, lean six sigma, or management role

  • Experience in telecommunications engineering industry considered a plus


Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.

We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.

Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.

Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.

We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe

  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing

  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do

  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY. We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.

All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies.

Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in theGovernance and Integrity ( section of .

Job Locations US-MD-Columbia

ID 2020-6008