Opex Lean Manager (Relocation to Germany)

Job location:
Home Based - France
Created moment:
September 23, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 06386

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

Opex Lean Manager (Relocation to Germany)

Job Summary


Calderys is a global network of industry-leading experts working in close collaboration with our customers to provide personalized refractory solutions every day.

We combine unique business expertise to provide customized and innovative solutions from our 35 plants along with end-to-end value-added services to all our customers.Being an international business, we offer to our more than 2300 employees a world of opportunities in our various locations in 33 countries.

We put to work over 100 years of expertise to foster a positive impact for all our stakeholders. Every day we build a sustainable future through teamwork, customer orientation, and proactive mindset.

We are a company where performance is recognized and learning is promoted; an environment where you can grow and fulfill your potential; a workplace where every day is a new day and it is NEVER BORING!

We are looking for our future talent to join our teams in Germany. The successful candidate will relocate to Neuwied  Germany on local contract.


Implement and drive  industrial / continuous improvement programs to improve site cost competitiveness and efficiency of our processes, practices and site organization


Leads Continuous Improvement programs deployment across the site by supporting the 2 pillars of I3  : improving Working conditions with MUST HAVES and generating margin improvement
Cultivates and promotes a strong continuous improvement culture across the site 

Follow performance management system for the site with respect of BA guidelines

Facilitate/lead lean workshops (Kaizen, Hoshin,...) for quick improvements
Perform assessments on the site to evaluate industrial maturity and gap discrepancy as per Group standards

Shop floor support to analyse processes and practices to enable safety / efficiency / quality continuous improvement initiative generation, also with the support of Imerys Centers of Excellence and other Business Areas Centers of Excellence

Actively support the local team in production capacities designing/engineering: define and specify Process Equipment, issue Process Specifications for Inquiry.
Generates detailed continuous improvement initiatives across the site to generate savings 

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

Develops a strong expertise in mineral processing and provides mentorship for the on-site process teams, also via technical trainings

Find ideas to upgrade existing processes and define new ones

Submit regular reports reflecting project financials, expenditures, savings, and any site performance KPI applying also best practices when required.

Leads effective operational processes’ implementation
Monitors progress of continuous improvement projects and related savings, including process management improvement, process modification, energy optimization

Key interfaces: ensures tight coordination with COO and I Cube teams
Culture changes: support behavior changes (agile way of work,..) to sustain continuous improvement efforts beyond project activities. 


Engineer with more than 2 years of experience in industry, (preferably in Germany),
Lean Six Sigma certification (Green or Black belt) is a plus 

Key competencies 

Ability to perform and understand process modelling
Demonstrated capabilities of reaching cost reduction and productivity by working on process improvement, development of new processes
Continuous Improvement culture and methods (project management, Kaizen, 6-sigma, value stream mapping, …)
Strong Analytical skills, incl. research
Problem solver
Strong Project Management skills
Technical / process expertise
Ability to positively influence teams in a matrix organization
Able to organize training paths for all levels of the organisation
Cooperation mindset and openness to listen to the input from other departments and stakeholders
German and English required 

Position Type

Full time



Only technical issues will be monitored through the below inbox:

recruiting.support@ imerys.com


To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.