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Black Belt Operations (human)

Job purpose

The Black Belt / Operational Excellence Manager is responsible for leading, deployment and execution of Operational Excellence activities within Heubach Operations with key focus on production sites and processes. These activities include leading complex improvement projects, developing and implementing the Heubach Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence program, coaching and training of new Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belts and other employees in defining and implementing improvement activities and projects.

The role will drive changes in our organization and is key in communicating analysis, initiatives and progress to local, regional and global leadership. The role is based on site and focuses primarily on the sites improvements but will also be active in other sites within the region or global or in non-production areas within Operations when needed.


Key accountabilities

  • Defines, plans and leads specific improvement projects at sites and occasionally in functions
  • Identifies performance losses/gaps and defines opportunities for improvement in key areas
  • Develops, trains and guides on the Heubach Operations processes, -tools and -systems in general and specifically on Operational Excellence, Lean and Six Sigma  
  • Drives change and improve the efficiency and effectiveness


Key activities

  • Drives and delivers specific operational excellence programs, improvement projects and initiatives within Operations, occasionally could also be improvement initiatives in Business or other functions
  • Identifies improvement opportunities and facilitates and runs execution of improvement within sites and functions to achieve Heubach’s strategic objectives and Operations targets
  • Focuses on performance of key areas for sites and occasionally in the region, coaches and challenges on improvements. As such needs to be knowledgeable on the production and operational processes in the sites
  • Supports in building a long-term operational excellence / continuous improvement culture
  • Acts as a key improvement/CI source and contact for one or more dedicated sites
  • Serves, along with other Black Belts/ OpEx Managers, as the technical expert on the use and training of operational excellence, Lean Six Sigma (L6S) and on the use of the Heubach Operations processes, tools and systems
  • Offers a clear sense of direction, motivating and empowering the project-/site teams and functional teams to enable them to carry out their performance delivery responsibilities with confidence
  • Builds teamwork through engagement. Aligns project team members by sharing information, tying their work and goals to the Operations and Company vision and values
  • Delivers initial training to site CI-Operational Excellence teams and functions and, as needed, throughout the organization
  • Supports the development of tools and models that will enable the site, function as such the Operations organisation to learn and continuously improve knowledge, engagement and use of operational excellence, processes and procedures, Lean and 6S in daily activities
  • Assists in the development and deployment of the operational excellence program and initiatives and drives visibility of the program across the organisation
  • Responsible for driving delivery and completion of improvement projects
  • Provides support and advice to define the specific scope for new projects
  • Develops and delivers training and workshops as required
  • Operates across functional lines to drive change and improve the efficiency and effectiveness
  • Communicates, effectively supports and promotes operational excellence/L6S to people at all levels, in all environments
  • Effectively communicates analysis, initiatives and progress to local, regional and global leadership.
  • Works primarily in the site but, as required, will assist and run in initiatives within the region or on a global basis.
  • This function will require some travel regionally and if needed globally



  • Degree in engineering, chemistry or business preferably with Lean Six Sigma Black belt training and certification
  • Operations (production, supply chain) experiences/knowledge
  • At least 3 years professional experience as project lead in a CI/BB position in Supply Chain, Manufacturing or Process design
  • Demonstrated high performance levels and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven continuous improvement, Lean experience and/or certified L6S Black Belt
  • Extensive knowledge and expert use in Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies

Competences and Skills

Passionate about continuous improvement, effective change agent, highly capable project leader and skilled instructor

Driving for Results: Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work

Working Safely: Respects and follows safety policies and regulations; scans the environment for things that may pose a safety risk; encourages others to utilize safe and healthy work practices

Sharing Information: Readily shares knowledge and experience with others; actively participates in discussions and exchanges of ideas

Acting with Integrity: Clearly states goals and beliefs; lets people know his/her true intentions; does what he she said they would do; follows through on commitments

Displaying Technical Expertise: Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others


Management/general skills:

  • Proven project leadership skills and the capability to work effectively in international teams
  • Leading/managing change programs
  • Trainer/coach; able to impart knowledge to others
  • Passion for innovation, change and continuous improvement
  • Proven ability to plan and prioritize work


Functional skills:

  • Fluent in German and English, both verbal and written.
  • Analytical
  • Change mindset
  • Focused on results
  • Mode: Full Time
  • Country: Germany
  • City: Frankfurt
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