Vice President, Operational Excellence

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Date: Jul 10, 2024

Location: Wickliffe, OH, US, 44092

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a specialty chemical company whose science delivers sustainable solutions to advance mobility, improve wellbeing and enhance modern life. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales, and technical offices around the world and has about 8,000 employees. For more information, visit

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life.   

Join our Thriving Team at Lubrizol as a Global Leader of Operational Excellence


Unleash Your Potential. At Lubrizol we're transforming the best practices in specialty chemical industries and looking for exceptional talent to join us on this journey. If you are ready to join an international company with talent around the world, and want to make a real impact, we want you on our team.


The Global Leader of Operational Excellence will be responsible for the global continuous improvement program, network optimization, complexity reduction and facilitation of the manufacturing strategy.  The position has roughly 12 direct reports and is central to driving overall productivity, efficiency, waste reduction and standardization of best practices across the global footprint.  This role is a critical part of the Lubrizol Global Operations Leadership team and a valuable partner to the businesses, R&D, and functional leaders across the corporation.  The position is vital to the development of talent, advancing skillsets that lead to higher capability of leaders and technical talent across the organization.  The position will work closely with the Lubrizol Strategy Leader in providing input and alignment with Lubrizol and business strategies to the operation’s function.  This role will report to the Sr. VP of Operations.

What You'll Do:

  • Develop and implement standard work processes and role based organizational models across Lubrizol.  These models should drive standardization (where applicable), efficiency, and follow a servant leadership model which empowers and engages all levels or the organization, starting at the shop floor. 
  • Lead the development and deployment of tools and processes such as lean, six sigma, strategy deployment, A3’s, value stream mapping & others that can be used when applicable.  Tie training and deployment to applicable roles, work processes, and KPI’s.
  • Drive operational excellence programs that deliver productivity, efficiency and waste reduction that meets corporate & budgetary targets.
  • Create a culture of continuous Improvement mindset at all levels and One Lubrizol.  Leverage best practices across the organization.
  • Develop consistent KPI’s for all levels of the organization that are tied to and drive critical business and functional goals and objectives.
  • Work with the businesses, R&D, strategy, supply chain, and operations to develop regional and business level network optimization roadmaps and processes.  Develop common process and definitions for use across the network.  This work will then feed into investment strategies across Lubrizol. 
  • Develop tools and standard approaches that drive complexity reduction.  This includes but not limited to:  product mix, finished goods and intermediates, raw materials, and waste reduction.  This work will be closely aligned with businesses, supply chain, procurement, product management, strategy and technical.
  • Develop and keep evergreen the manufacturing strategy that aligns with business & corporate strategy.  The strategy should prioritize and lead to top quartile functional excellence.
  • Develop and champion technical growth & development of employees, which includes recognition, career mapping, external and internal training & experiences, diversity & inclusion, & succession planning.


Skills That Make A Difference:

  • BS or Higher (preferably in engineering or pertinent demonstrated experience).
  • Extensive knowledge and demonstrated, sustainable results in continuous improvement & preferably operation’s roles.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in manufacturing, technical, operations, business roles.
  • Experience leading multiple complex projects or teams globally.
  • Strong communication, networking, & facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing processes and equipment.
  • Data and process driven. 
  • Ability to work & lead globally and across functions & businesses seamlessly.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to prioritize and handle many activities simultaneously.
  • Strategic leader with a strong competency and bias on results & agility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and support multiple businesses and align function with business goals and strategy.

Perks and Rewards That Inspire:

  • Competitive salary with performance-based bonus plans
  • 401K Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution
  • Competitive medical, dental & vision offerings
  • Heath Savings Account
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Parental Leave
  • Flexible work environment

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Ready for your next career step? Apply today and let's shape the future together! 

It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol. Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving. Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers and communities. 

We work with a relentless commitment to operate safely and responsibly, keeping safety, sustainability, ethics, and compliance at the forefront of everything we do. The well-being of our employees, customers and communities is paramount to our culture and in the way we approach our work.

As a diverse, global team, we work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We impact everyday lives through science only Lubrizol can deliver, and we never stop pushing to do it better.

One of the founding principles of The Lubrizol Corporation more than 90 years ago was treating every employee with dignity and respect. That same commitment is only stronger today. 

More than that, we are committed to providing an environment where every employee can be the best they can be, no matter their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic. 



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