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Knowles Precision Devices Operational Excellence (Staff Engineer) in Cazenovia, New York

Operational Excellence (Staff Engineer)

Department: Manufacturing

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: Cazenovia, New York

Reporting To: Global Director of Continuous Improvement

Compensation: $100,000 - $120,000 / year


Job Title: Operational Excellence (Staff Engineer)

Overview: In this position, you will be responsible to establish and standardize enhanced manufacturing systems and practices across our manufacturing facilities in America. You will play a pivotal role in collaborating with resources at the plants to implement enhanced solutions that improve our manufacturing efficiency.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manufacturing Systems: Establish, deploy and standardize enhanced manufacturing systems across manufacturing facilities in America that will increase factory efficiency, including and not limited to training system, capacity system etc.

  • Project Management: Use project management tools to track key project milestones, and coach site leaders in the use of project management tools and strategy. You will give regular updates to stakeholders on project and program status.

  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Facilitate and collaborate with various departments within the factories to be able to deploy and ensure deployed systems are driving improvement of critical KPIs.

  • Data Analysis: Regularly track and report progress on improvement projects, highlighting successes, challenges, and responding to areas needing further attention. Utilize data-driven approaches to analyze performance metrics, identify trends, and present actionable insights for improvement.

  • Continuous Improvements: Propose system solutions to overcome inefficiencies, bottlenecks, and areas for improvement within manufacturing shop-floor for increased efficiency.

  • Strategic Planning: Support global operational excellence management to develop and execute a comprehensive continuous improvement strategy aligned with the operations goals and objectives.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Operations Management, or a related field. Advanced degree or relevant certifications (e.g., Lean Six Sigma) is a plus.

  • Proven hands-on experience (10 years) in a manufacturing environment, with a focus on managing or establishing manufacturing systems.

  • Excellent communication and leadership abilities to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and drive change.

  • Proficiency in project management and change management principles. Project Management certification a plus.

  • Demonstrated success in leading and implementing manufacturing systems initiatives resulting in tangible operational efficiencies.

  • Experience with electronic system implementation or transition in a previous experience- including working with IT team members to deploy business software.

  • Relocate to work in factory at Cazenovia, NY. Some minimal traveling is required.


What's in it for you on Day 1:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance plans

  • Prescription Drug Plans

  • Basic Life Insurance

  • 401k plan with company match

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program

  • Security Clearance Incentive Program

  • Employee Referral Program

  • PTO and NYS Sick and Safe Leave

  • Paid Holidays

Exciting Onsite Perks:

  • Free Starbucks coffee available at our cafĂ©

  • Free access to our Fitness Center

  • Free Popcorn and Slushies every Friday

  • Fresh food is available for purchase in the cafeteria store.

  • Employee Appreciation Events

Knowles is committed to providing a competitive and fair total compensation package for all employees.

One element in our total compensation package is base pay. The starting base pay for this role is targeted to be between $100,000 to $120,000 per year.

Individual compensation decisions are based on a number of factors, including but not limited to previous experience and skills acquired prior to joining Knowles, cost of living in the assigned work location, assigned schedule, and salaries of similarly situated peers at the company. It is to be expected that candidates will come to us with different sets of skills and experiences and therefore will be paid at different points in the stated range. We recognize that the person(s) we select for hire may be less experienced or more experienced than the role as posted; if this is the case, any updates to available salary ranges will be communicated with candidates during the recruitment process.

Equal Opportunity Statement: We prohibit pay discrimination and discrimination of any kind based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status.

ITAR Statement: Please note that this position may require access to technical data controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Applicants must be U.S. persons (citizens, lawful permanent residents, or individuals granted refugee or asylee status) or have the necessary authorization to access controlled technical data. Compliance with ITAR and EAR regulations is a condition of employment.

Notice to Staffing Agencies, Search Firms and Recruitment Agencies: The recruitment process at Knowles is managed through the Human Resources department. Knowles does not accept resumes submitted from 3rd party agencies outside of our system. To submit resumes, 3rd party agencies will need to be a pre-approved vendor with a valid contract in place, be actively engaged by Knowles to recruit for a specific position and have agency log in credentials to submit candidates to our careers portal. Please do not submit resumes via e-mail, through our external website or directly to our employees. Any resumes submitted in this way become the property of Knowles and will not be eligible for any placement fee.