Director of Operational Excellence

Job Title: Director of Operational Excellence


Reporting directly to the VP Operations, the role will partner with senior leadership to develop the long-term strategy and program initiatives in driving Operational Excellence across manufacturing operations using a hands-on approach. The ideal candidate will be someone that can effectively deploy the program and drive culture change across the business.

Key Deliverables:

  • The Director Operational Excellence will be involved with the Implementation of the OE program by working with leadership to engrain Operational Excellence into the way we work by deploying a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Development of a “Common Language” and methodologies companywide.
  • Improving the Factories understanding and application of lean tools through training, coaching and mentoring of our site located Blackbelts.
  • Executing on process improvements that are shared and memorialized and knowledge transferred to each relevant internal facility location.
  • Leading strategic projects such as 5S implementation, Value Stream management and MUV improvements and OEE via RedZone.
  • The OE Leader will be a member of the manufacturing leadership team and will work closely with Manufacturing directors to accomplish shared goals.

Key Talents:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Project management
  • Results motivated
  • Mathematics/statistics
  • Financial analysis skills
  • Creativity
  • Leadership skills
  • Proactive management
  • Organized/Disciplined
  • Strong Convictions
  • Assesses people talent
  • Empathetic
  • Strong work ethic
  • Committed to success
  • Team builder/player
  •  Coaching skills

Key Knowledge

  • Black Belt certification, Master Black Belt preferred
  • 10+ years driving Lean / Operational Excellence projects in Manufacturing
  • 3+ years in Director / Leadership role developing Lean / Operational Excellence program in Manufacturing
      • Ability to transfer knowledge to multiple levels of the organization
      • Strong facilitation and coaching skills
      • Problem solving using Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Break down Analysis (BDA), and DMAIC.
      • Understanding Loss Analysis and develop improvement ideation using Loss Analysis.
      • Knowledge on 5S, SMED, Kanban, Visual Management, Material & Process Balance, and other CI Tools.
      • Extensive knowledge of Excel, Word, and project management applications
      • BA/BS degree in business or related field


  • Category leader
  • Strong management team
  • Experience working in USDA/FDA regulated industry
  • Large non-English speaking workforce


How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should submit resume to:

  • Mail: Human Resources, P.O. Box 37, Dinuba, CA 93618
  • Fax: (559) 591-1593
  • E-mail:


Ruiz Foods is an equal opportunity employer.
EOE: Male, Female, Vets, Disabled (M/F/V/D).
Ruiz Foods enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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