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Operations Excellence Leader, Aftermarket



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides a wide range of branding and information solutions that optimize labor and supply chain efficiency, reduce waste, advance sustainability, circularity and transparency, and better connect brands and consumers. Our products and solutions include labeling and functional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, software applications that connect the physical and digital, and a variety of products and solutions that enhance branded packaging and carry or display information that improves the customer experience. Serving an array of industries worldwide — including home and personal care, apparel, general retail, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive — we employ approximately 35,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our reported sales in 2023 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description


The Operational Excellence Leader is an expert level, hands on role that leads the establishment of lean principles and practices for shop floor manufacturing. This includes an operating system for daily, weekly, and monthly practices that ensures continuous improvement of capabilities and performance results.

The Operational Excellence Leader provides leadership and hands-on work with manufacturing site teams to ensure capabilities for:

  • Global standards for manufacturing processes and KPI’s, establishment and compliance to SOP’s
  • Proactively seeing and solving problems
  • Continuous improvement of manufacturing performance
  • Ongoing improvement plans and actions

This role supports all Aftermarket manufacturing sites in North America and Europe, with focus at specific sites and areas during given time periods.

Key responsibility focus areas will include:

  • Establishing priority SOP’s
  • Establishing standard KPI’s
  • Management system practices:
  • Managing for Daily Improvement process (MDI) that includes:
    • Leader standardized work (“gemba”)
    • Daily accountability
    • Visual controls
    • Abnormality management
  • Weekly management practices: ongoing performance management, problem solving and improvement projects
  • Monthly management processes - strategy alignment, communications

Primary success metrics are to support improvement of:

  • Ongoing Safety, Service, Quality, and Productivity
  • Employee intensity
  • Manufacturing lead time
  • Working capital
  • Footprint efficiency


Critical skill and capability areas for the role:

  • Shop floor manufacturing experience
  • Lean principles and practices - strong understanding and practical applications experience
  • Influence leadership
  • Effective collaboration with team members at all levels
  • Excellent verbal and written communications with others, across all levels of the organization
  • Project management
  • Basic business acumen
  • Ability to work and manage multiple projects with limited direct supervision
  • Ability to travel when required to work at manufacturing locations


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or commensurate training and work experience
  • Minimum 5 years related work experience - in manufacturing operations, technologies, problem solving and process improvements

Additional Information

Recruiting locations: Miamisburg, Syracuse or Baltimore

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.