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Newell Brands Continuous Improvement Engineer in Whately, Massachusetts

TITLE: OPEX Engineer


Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Whately

Organization: Home Fragrance Division

Schedule: Full-time


The Operational Excellence (OPEX) Engineer will act as a lead for productivity project implementation within the Yankee Candle Manufacturing Facility. They will act as an advisor to all departments and will participate in other cross-functional project teams supporting the effective use of manpower and materials to achieve measurable improvements within the facility. The OPEX Engineer will be a change agent responsible for leading the plant into a results driven, team-oriented culture that embraces continuous improvement through project completion and the implementation of PEAK (Planning, Engagement, Achievement, Knowledge) in all plant functions. A strong background in process improvement principles (Lean, Six Sigma, and/or TPM) is required for this position.


  • This position has the primary responsibility of leading the successful implementation of productivity/process improvement projects within the plant.

  • Actively supports and drives the implementation of PEAK at the site

  • Completes financial cost analysis (cost savings estimates and return on investment justifications) for productivity/process improvement projects.

  • Mentors employees within the plant on the use of Lean Manufacturing Tools.

  • Mentors productivity project leaders on the use of Six Sigma Tools and Methodologies and Data Analysis.

  • Shares "best practice" methods and ideas across departments.

  • Makes implementation and results a top priority and regularly updates the leadership team on project progress.

  • Updates cost savings for owned projects on a monthly basis.

  • Will be expected to help deliver annual productivity targets through ideation and project execution.


  • BSME, BSIE or relevant technical BS Degree.

  • Minimum of 2 – 4 years plant/operations experience.

  • Proven track record of successfully leading Six Sigma/Continuous Improvement projects within a manufacturing environment.

  • Working knowledge of Six Sigma tools and methodology, strong quantitative, analytical and process redesign skills, along with the excellent project management skills are required.

  • Lean manufacturing experience with ability to lead SMED, Kaizen, 5S and TPM events/projects.

  • Good understanding of financial measurements and goals in the Lean/Flow throughput world.

  • Strong facilitation and leadership skills.

  • Excellent communication skills to lead and support empowered employees in a team environment.

  • Strong presentation skills to effectively communicate project progress, results, data analysis, and training delivery.

  • Willing to come in outside of working hours as required by projects.

  • MS Office software skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Minitab.

  • Bottom line-oriented knowledge of financial functions.

  • Able to work with minimum supervision.

  • High energy, self-motivated, enthusiastic, well organized.

  • Able to work in a highly matrixed organization

  • 10% domestic and international travel may be required


  • 2-4 years Lean Manufacturing experience.

  • Green Belt Certification

  • 5+ years of manufacturing experience.

  • Experience with assembly and packaging of consumer products

  • Experience with automation, packaging and assembly equipment, robotics, PLCs


Must work effectively in a fast-paced team environment with constant interruptions. Must clearly communicate business goals so associates understand how they contribute to the organization's success. Extensive short-term planning based on established and changing priorities. Involves ongoing problem solving. Must be able to communicate with all departments across the organizational chart. Some irregular hours required.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Marmot, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.

Newell Brands is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide all employees and applicants for employment with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, military status, any covered veteran status, disability status, genetic information, caregiving responsibilities or any other basis prohibited by law.