Senior Manager Operational Excellence


Fitchburg, MA, US, 01420

Job ID: 109061 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business is a trusted provider of innovative naval gas and hybrid power systems, control technology and support solutions for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world.

Job Summary

APEX (Always Performing for Excellence) is the Leonardo DRS Operational Excellence program designed to drive a culture of continuous improvement in pursuit of top performance. The Continuous Improvement Manager leads the Operational Excellence program for the work location and is viewed as a subject matter expert and integrated business partner.

Job Responsibilities

  • Guide, maintain, and monitor the operational excellence program and activities, ensuring integration and coordination with site leadership. 
  • Manage improvement opportunity pipeline in collaboration with site executives, functional leaders, and improvement teams.
  • Coach and mentor process improvement teams, define and monitor performance metrics, and foster a culture of collaboration.
  • Facilitate execution of the site Policy Deployment process.
  • Manage execution in support of 5S, Visual Controls, Risk Management, Change Management, and Strategy Department
  • Provide subject matter expertise in structured problem solving & root cause analysis, leading complex investigations and teaching/coaching others in problem solving methodology.
  • Utilizing dashboards and KPI’s, track performance of Operational Excellence Cost Saving Project Goals. 
  • Effectively communicate with team members, senior leaders and key stakeholders on the status, objectives, risks, and mitigation plans associated with projects, as well as ensure team members are aware of integrated project timelines.
  • Ensure OE standards (e.g., DMAIC, Lean, Root Cause Analysis) are being used for problem solving (tools and methods) and daily continuous improvement. Champion use of KPI / metric management for data-based decision making.
  • Identify and support individuals with interest in OE leading to development /certification of future Blue/Green/Black Belts
  • Improve overall business operations focusing on material flow, line balancing, lineside material presentation, and on deployment, and other lean manufacturing principles and practices.

Job Responsibilities Part II

  • Provide training in support of operational excellence objectives and the execution of chartered projects
  • Support Corrective Action Request responses and share best practices
  • Manage budget, cost, schedule and rate of return for operational excellence activities
  • Communicate clearly (written and oral) with customers, people and partners
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization
  • Provide advice and assistance to other departments as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field with a minimum of 5 years experience focused in Lean Practice and Problem Solving
  • Certification is desirable, e.g. ASQ Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and/or Professional Engineering License or Registration
  • Ability to manage cross-functional teams independently
  • Candidates must be a US citizen and meet DRS security standards as imposed by DoD, including the issuance of any necessary security clearance by the US government within a reasonable time after commencement of employment.

U.S. Citizenship required. 

Taking care of our people is a top priority at Leonardo DRS. We are proud to offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a company contribution to a health savings account, telemedicine, life and disability insurance, legal insurance, and a 401(k) savings plan. We champion wellness programs that focus on physical, emotional, and financial well-being. We develop our talent by offering programs and activities to support career-growth, professional development, and skill enhancement. And we understand there is more to life than work, and the importance of offering flexible work schedules with our 9/80 program, competitive vacation, health/emergency leave, paid parental leave, and community service hours. 
*Some employees are eligible for limited benefits only


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

The DRS culture is defined by our Core Values and Principles: 

- Integrity
- Agility
- Excellence
- Customer Focus
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Innovation

We strive to uphold them in all aspects of our business practices to inspire our employees and provide outstanding support for our customers.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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