Global DPS Manager, Americas

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Date: Dec 3, 2023

Location: Middletown, DE, US Twinsburg, OH, US

Company: Datwyler

Datwyler is a leading supplier of custom sealing solutions to global industry segments, such as the health care, automotive, consumer goods, oil and gas, general industries, as well as civil engineering. We are always looking for talented, highly qualified employees at all levels of our organization. Datwyler offers the opportunity to join exciting industries and to be part of a highly esteemed brand. From production staff to client advisors, from technology experts to design engineers, from China to Mexico: at Datwyler, our employees will experience diversity in a way that only an international company can provide. We focus on helping talents reach their full potential – professionally and personally. Our working environment is shaped by our values and beliefs: we are entrepreneurs, we bring value to our customers, we excel in what we do and we have respect for others. With more than 20 global operating sites and more than 7,000 employees, Datwyler Sealing Solutions generates an annual revenue of approximately CHF 900 million. Based on a strategic decision, we are looking for a Global Datwyler Production Systems (DPS) Manager, Americas.  This position will lead the Americas in Operational Excellence fostering a culture of continuous improvement based on Safety, Quality, Delivery, Costs, Environment, and People.

About Datwyler Production System

At Datwyler, we highly value our long-standing relationships with our customers, as they are built on the exceptional value we provide through our core competencies. One of these competencies is Operational Excellence, which we achieve through our Datwyler Production System. This program is designed to foster a lean culture of continuous improvement based on our company values and lean principles. It guides us in our daily work and empowers everyone to contribute to the improvement of our processes, every day and everywhere.

Job Scope

As an expert in Lean and Operational Excellence at Datwyler, your job involves implementing the Datwyler Production System in various plants in your assigned region. You take responsibility for ensuring that the program delivers the expected impact and work with plant teams to identify, implement, and evaluate lean initiatives. By refining lean principles, and methodologies/tools, and training local change leaders and plant employees, you help the company achieve its goals of Operational Excellence.

As part of your role, you work with indirect leadership and don't have any direct reports or manage the budget. This position will sit in one of 2 locations in the US (Middletown DE or  Twinsburg OH) and travel to other production sites within the Americas as a regular part of the job. You can expect to travel both domestically and internationally for over 60% of the time.

As the overseer of the DPS, you will be responsible for implementing global standards aligned with Datwyler values and strategy.

  • Through constant communication with the site organization and Head of DPS, shape the deployment of the DPS and define annual objectives and priorities following DPS guidelines.
  • To ensure cooperation within the organization, disseminate information and plans to sites, and continuously communicate with the Head of DPS regarding issue resolution, escalation, and deployment status.
  • Mobilize the organization through campaigns to enhance participation in Continuous Improvement activities and DPS deployment.
  • To facilitate workshops and on-floor events, train Site DPS Leads and employees in DPS Lean principles, methods, and tools.
  • As an ambassador and DPS enabler, connect front-line engagement with leadership in the plant and interface with stakeholders to make things happen.
  • Additionally, organize and conduct DPS Operational Excellence Maturity Assessments and, if requested, support Site DPS Managers, to define and follow up on action plans.
  • Ultimate goal is to ensure the successful deployment of the DPS through effective communication and training while continuously striving for improvement and Operational Excellence.


  • As an integral member of the Global DPS team, you will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Datwyler Production System (DPS) in various plants within your assigned region, and potentially globally if necessary.
  • This will involve leading workshops, providing training, and coaching employees on Lean Principles, methodologies, and tools.
  • It will also require regular reviews of existing training materials to ensure they remain up-to-date, and the introduction of new content as needed.
  • To ensure a standardized approach to deployment, you will need to establish appropriate links between Group level Objectives & Key Results (OKR), Site strategy, Site Performance, and DPS deployment roadmap, including standard deployment approach, and rapid improvement events.
  • You will need to work closely with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, across all functions and assigned regions, to achieve these objectives.
  • This challenging role demands excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills, as well as a strong commitment.

Your Profile

We’re looking for someone with solid work experience (a minimum of 5 years) in Lean manufacturing – preferably in a global manufacturing environment – combined with strong indirect leadership abilities, experience from collaboration with stakeholders, and a deep understanding of production systems.

Ideally, you have a proven track record of successfully implementing Lean transformation in operations and a passion for the field rooted in an in-depth comprehension of day-to-day shop-floor operations.

Acting in a global organization, you need excellent English communication skills. Your excellent conceptual and strategic skills with business acumen and customer orientation are valuable assets in this role and your financially and commercially savvy and structured way of working. At the end of the day, you’re able to define a long-term vision centered on the importance of optimizing our organization!

Basic education and requirements for the position

  • The ideal candidate must have a minimum of five years of experience in implementing Production Systems and possess expertise in DPS/Lean principles and methodologies.
  • They should be able to demonstrate a proven track record in developing and implementing CI and/or DPS activities.
  • Additionally, the candidate must have a positive attitude, excellent persuasion skills, and the ability to handle complexity.
  • They should possess a strong willingness to take on challenges and deliver the best results.

Skills needed

  • Strong interpersonal and English language skills are crucial for effective communication in diverse settings.

  • Knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese language will be an additional advantage.
  • It's equally important to be able to demonstrate leadership and teamwork abilities when working with stakeholders from different educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Building trustworthy relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization can be achieved by showcasing a positive attitude, professional expertise in project management, and exceptional organizational skills.



We Offer a Diverse and Global Working Environment
As a globally operating company, Datwyler offers a broad spectrum of job profiles and career opportunities. We offer ambitious individuals who approach their task with dedication and enthusiasm the right environment to excel and grow. This gives every employee the opportunity to influence the way we work. At Datwyler, we enable our employees to bring their talent to a global context and grow it steadily over time. Our employees are therefore at the very heart of Datwyler – we interact with respect, trust and loyalty. Mutual consideration and appreciation are key.


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