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Operational Excellence Manager

Ogden, Utah
Job Type
27 Jul 2022


Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $700 million and a market cap exceeding $4.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit


The Operational Excellence Manager is responsible for specific processes including but not limited to standard work procedures, standards improvements in loss elimination as it applies to asset performance, operational & maintenance organizational capabilities, plant metrics, red to green monitoring and gap correction planning, cost controls, plant process and metrics execution framework (work origination, planning, scheduling, coordination, operator care, 5S etc.), and cause analysis competencies.


  • Establish, maintain and continually improve plant performance through process engineering activities, including:
    • Process root cause analysis and corrective action implementation
    • Procedure audits and corrections
    • Product and process optimization through engineering and chemistry principles
    • Management of change activities, collaborating with operations, R&D, Quality and Engineering
    • Working with Engineering on Capital Projects to ensure highly functional and cost-effective results
  • Ensure the use of CAPA and accelerated continuous improvement processes to track and capture value initiatives
  • Occasionally must provide updates to senior leadership regarding overall or specific plant progress
  • Develop, continually improve, and promote usability of data visualization tools such as PowerBi and Pi Data Historian as it relates to operations and maintenance functions
  • As needed, lead or participate in specific site high speed turn around team efforts
  • Foster a team-oriented culture of coordination, cooperation and communication cross-functionally throughout the company
  • Build and maintain a high-performance environment and coach others in effective team interaction and function; foster an empowerment environment
  • Must understand the company vision and set goals that will drive the team in that direction
  • Must be familiar with and comply with company policies and procedures including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations
  • Ability and willingness to learn, understand, follow and promote documented work procedures


  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering or related field from an accredited university/college and significant work experience
  • 7+ years of operational excellence experience, Proven direct leadership experience, minimum of 5 years leadership experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Proven proactive preventative and predictive maintenance experience and results
  • Food or pharmaceutical experience a plus
  • Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, ERP)
  • Knowledge of PLC's a plus
  • Knowledge of food GMP's a plus
  • Specific knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and TPM systems preferred
  • Clear sense of urgency and ability to manage priorities to meet immediate needs and long-term goals
  • Ability to manage time and workload efficiently, and the ability to prioritize and modify priorities accordingly
  • Strong safety orientation
  • Documented effective delegation skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work and develop others in a team environment
  • Sensitive to other cultures/backgrounds, able to work in a multi-cultural workplace
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment while moving multiple simultaneous projects forward
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to discuss, develop, and implement plans
  • High sensitivity to quality and on time delivery of commitments
  • Ability to lead and develop others
  • Willingness and ability to respectfully hold team and peers accountable for execution and overall reliability performance
  • Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time

Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.


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  • Job Reference: 669001657-2
  • Date Posted: 27 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Balchem
  • Location: Ogden, Utah
  • Salary: On Application
  • Job Type: Permanent