Director of Operational Excellence (OPEX)

Operations Napa, California


Build your Career with an Industry Leader

Multi-Color Corporation and Fort Dearborn have merged and are now the world’s largest prime label and packaging supplier. Join the new MCC and you will have the opportunity to become part of an organization that has been committed to excellence and industry leadership for over 110 years.

Our ability to effectively manage the diverse needs of our customer base has been developed through aggressive capital investment and selective acquisitions. Multi-Color Corporation has the financial strength, established infrastructure, capacity and technical expertise to support our customers today and in the future.


  • Work with the Lean Steering Committee, Plant Manager, and on-site Lean experts in identifying activities, values and selecting Kaizen events and ensure proper resourcing and preparation for those events.    
  • Hoshin/Strategy Deployment: Be able to facilitate top-down initiatives into defined projects across plant footprint, be able to train Plant Managers and CI Managers to cascade into their sites.
  • Ensure Lean activities are linked to the business objectives and develop a site transformation plan in collaboration with the site management team.   
  • Ensure pre-event training, preparation for events, development and implementation of a communication plan, post event follow-up and auditing of results, prompt delivery of required supplies and materials, and mentoring.   
  • Build and maintain the foundation for continuous improvement by ensuring the effective functioning of transformation activities aligned to a Lean Operating System.
  • Partner and mentor Multi-Color Corporation manufacturing leadership in Lean techniques, resulting in transformational progress.
  • Teach Lean tools to all levels of the organization (Kaizen, 5S, TPM, Set-up reduction, Standard Work, Visual Management, SQDC boards, MDI, etc.).   Managing for Daily Improvement; Drive Accountability down the leadership tiers.
  • Assume the role of consultant, participant, and/ or lead on Kaizen events.   
  • Foster a culture of moving forward in a change environment and continuously assuring buy-in and ownership at all levels.     
  • Maintaining overall program tracking for impact and cultural improvements. 
  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Multi-Color Corporation has been around for almost 100 years, and we pride ourselves on our high level of excellence. Every team member of Multi-Color Corporation is expected to treat all associates respectfully and professionally.


  • BS - Engineering or Operations Management, or equivalent experience, is required.  
  • Ten or more years of experience in plant leadership, with at least five years in a position responsible for driving Lean manufacturing initiatives in complex manufacturing facilities.      
  • Strong change management skills and demonstrated experience changing a culture to a Lean environment. 
  • Experience successfully leading and directing employees who are not direct reports. 
  • Experience in being a change agent leading complex transformational activities.
  • Significant experience in implementation of complex Lean principals as they apply to multiple manufacturing operations.
  • Personal experience in leading more than 50 Kaizen events. 
  • Proven success designing, implementing, communicating, and meeting policy deployment goals, including improving through-put, shortening cycle time, improving inventory turns and reducing supply chain costs. 
  • At least one (1) successful transformational experience where Lean was used as part of the catalyst and foundation for the change- either in focused transformational leadership role or as part of the Senior Operating team driving the change.  Demonstrated impact that translated to clear, bottom line performance results with step-function change.
  • Formal Lean training from an ""academy"" organization - either through direct consulting experience (i.e. Shingijutsu, TBM) or via organizations with deep, well-established lean operating systems (Toyota, Danaher, etc)
  • Expertise in manufacturing the particular product materials or product type within the span of control of this position.
  • Private equity lean transformation experience  

Multi-Color Corporation welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Multi-Color Corporation Company is an equal opportunity employer.