Operational Excellence Lean Engineer Europe

Job location:
Dunkerque, France
Created moment:
July 1, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 04239

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

If you want to grow your skills and develop your career, find out more at www.imerys.com

The Position

Operational Excellence Lean Engineer Europe

Job Summary


  • Leads cross-functional teams to define and execute I3 continuous improvement program in order to improve hub cost competitiveness and efficiency of processes, practices and organizations.


  • Deploys and sustains Industrial Continuous Improvement program within the Hub (Industrial & supply chain operations) : improving Working conditions with MUST HAVES and generating margin improvement

  • Cultivates and promotes a strong continuous improvement culture across the hub.

  • Supports analysis of processes and practices to enable safety / efficiency / quality continuous improvement initiative generation, also with the support of  BA I-Cube CoE team.

  • Generates detailed continuous improvement initiatives across the plants of the hub to generate savings with the cooperation of “I3 champions” and plant managers. 

  • Leads effective operational processes’ implementation at hub level

  • Provides technical support, training and expertise to on-site teams for I-Cube deployment and improvement projects

  • At hub level, monitors progress of continuous improvement projects and related savings, including process management improvement, process modification, energy optimization

  • Facilitates the network of local opex in his hub

  • Maintains and creates appropriate documentation for reports, project execution, and data analysis 

  • Supports Operation Sites & Supply Chain team members to support continuous improvement deployment

  • Captures and communicates learning to enable best practice transfer within his/her hub and the other hubs

  • Is based on the lead site of the hub and can be acting as local I3 Opex on this site.


  • MUST HAVES implementation (level of maturity) at hub level

  • Operational costs reduction & Operational costs savings pipeline at Hub level

  • Reliability / OEE improvement at hub level

  • Best practices sharing at hub level


Key competencies 

  • Good Continuous Improvement culture and able to learn very fast methods (project management, Kaizen, 6-sigma, value stream mapping, Fish-Bone diagram, working capital optimization)

  • Strong Analytical skills  and Problem solver skills

  • Good Project Management skills

  • Able to quickly develop technical / process expertise

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to positively influence teams in a matrix organization

  • Able to organize training paths for managers of  the hub

  • Green belt is a plus

Ideal background/ experience

  • Engineer or equivalent

  • Good level of English (B2 minimum)

  • A first experience in Operations Management and Operational Excellence program management or operational experience in a continuous improvement environment

Typical profile

  • Process/production/supply chain engineer.

  • Former continuous improvement manager

Position Type

Full time



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