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Operational Excellence Engineer 3

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Date: Nov 19, 2021

Location: Lakewood, CO, US

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  28393  


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, our 7,000+ global associates proud to come to work each day, knowing that what we do impacts the lives of patients around the world.


We make medical devices and related products that are used to collect, separate, manufacture and process various components of blood and cells. With our innovative technologies and service offerings, we touch a patient’s life every second of every day and are committed to continuing to increase the number of patients we serve.


With some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, an unmatched global footprint, comprehensive benefits and a distinct culture, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a great place to work, grow and be part of a team that is focused on making a difference. Consider joining our team and unlock your potential. 

Title: OpEx (Operational Excellence) Engineer 3



Tasked with driving the Continuous Improvement culture, the CI Engineer III will be responsible in helping lead the Colorado and global CI strategy by upgrading/creating processes to eliminate waste, increase efficiencies, and advance factory KPIs.



  • Accountable to drive the implementation of the OpEx program across the Colorado factories to deliver improvements in manufacturing, quality, operating margins, and culture.
  • Lean Thinker that drives the culture of continuous improvement and accountability.
  • Create the “Multiplier Effect” by helping Operation teams drive improvements across their departments through CI training and coaching.
  • Responsible for managing and leading CI projects along with factory engineers.
  • Drive the standardization of processes and implementation of metrics and best practices.
  • Work with other departments to identify areas of improvement to deliver a robust and cost-effective end to end process through constant Gemba Walk mindset and Kaizen events.
  • Maintain KPI targets in line with business strategy.
  • Identify and implement new processes, systems, and operating mechanisms to remove wasteful steps along the factory process.
  • Apply Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma tools and methodology throughout the manufacturing facility and processes.
  • Assist in setting annual operational targets and drive improvements to achieve those targets.
  • Work direction responsibility may include technicians and junior engineers.





  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering


  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in improvement projects in manufacturing environment.
  • Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma. Preferably certified (theoretical and practical) Black Belt.
  • Experience in deploying a Global OpEx program or similar foundational systems for CI.
  • Strong automation and manual manufacturing process understanding.


  • Generalist engineer with track-record of working with departments in any type of process.
  • Gemba Mindset and laser focused on removing deficiencies.
  • Strong inter-personal skills: stakeholder management and motivation/influencing techniques.
  • Works effectively within a team to achieve common goals, often influencing the outcome of the team. Proven ability to self-manage and deliver on time/budget with minimum guidance.
  • Technical leadership and project management, coordination with cross-functional teams.
  • Strong technical problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of and adherence to GMP practices and FDA regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


Target Pay Range:  $87,800.00 to $109,800.00  -  Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data
Target Bonus on Base:  7.0%


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, we provide competitive total reward offerings that consist of compensation, benefits, recognition, along with a wealth of other well-being, work-life and recognition programs which support in unlocking the potential for you and your family. Included in our expansive list of benefits offerings are multiple group medical, dental and vision plans, a robust wellness program, life insurance and disability coverages, also a variety of voluntary programs such as group accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, pet insurance and much more. To help you save for retirement, we offer a 401(k) plan with a matching contribution and for work-life balance we have vacation and sick time programs for associates. For us, it’s about protecting the personal welfare of our associates and their families, helping to achieve personal goals and offering those extra touches for convenience, security and overall peace of mind.


  • Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is part of Terumo Group, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 2019, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies reached $1 billion in revenue.
  • We employ nearly 7,000 associates globally, with global headquarters in Lakewood, CO, U.S., and regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.
  • We manufacture devices, disposable sets and solutions at our facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Vietnam. Our global presence enables us to serve customers in more than 130 countries.
  • Our core values help set our direction, guide our actions and keep us true to our corporate mission of contributing to society through healthcare.
    • Respect – Appreciative of others
    • Integrity – Guided by our mission
    • Care – Empathetic to patients
    • Quality – Committed to excellence
    • Creativity – Striving for innovation
  • We contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising $1.3 million USD since 2007.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.


Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure working environment. Our Colorado campus locations are tobacco-free workplaces and we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and detailed background verification. Absent accommodation permitted by applicable law, as a condition of employment with Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies in the United States you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide valid proof of vaccination to the company.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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