Operational Excellence (OP/EX) Specialist - Snyder, NE

Date: Sep 11, 2021

Location: Snyder , NE, US, 68664

Company: REV Group, Inc.

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Requisition ID: 10494 

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Spartan Emergency Response (Spartan ER) is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of custom emergency response vehicles, cabs and chassis. Driven by a commitment to quality and innovation, Spartan and its portfolio of brands Spartan Fire Apparatus and Chassis, Smeal Fire Apparatus, and Ladder Tower (LT) offer a broad range of apparatus to meet specific requirements and demands of the fire service industry.  Spartan has a rich history in fire apparatus manufacturing with over 250 years of combined experience. This acquisition enhances REV’s product offering in its Fire Group within its Fire & Emergency segment.


Operational Excellence (OpEx) Specialist with Smeal


The OpEx Specialists will be focused on leading continuous improvement projects that support the business goals of Smeal through the Goal Deployment Process (GDP). Improvement projects will involve departments such as Sales, Engineering, Purchasing, and Operations. The REV OpEx Specialist will facilitate improved outcomes of processes to drive efficiencies, reduce cost, and increase customer satisfaction.



  • The REV OpEx Specialists will work with their BU’s REV OpEx Manager to execute/facilitate improvement projects.
  • Lead continuous improvement projects through focused Kaizens to achieve measured results and targeted hard savings.
  • Conduct root cause analysis to eliminate waste, troubleshoot manufacturing and assembly issues, material flow, and informational inputs that may lead to inefficiencies.
  • Coach and train both hourly and salary employees on any specific related OpEx improvements.
  • Help support and develop a culture that promotes operational excellence and continuous improvements.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate the scope of projects and report to upper management with weekly status reports.
  • Coordinate, monitor, and drive project activities, manage project risks, issues, changes, and resources, and take corrective actions when necessary. Decides and initiates action.
  • Provides the project team with a clear sense of direction, motivating and empowering them to initiate sustainable improvements to their current processes and work environments.
  • Build teamwork through engagement and aligns team members by tying to individual and collective goals.
  • Evaluate and close the project, identify and analyze lessons learned, archive project documents, and hand over the project to customer and/or process owner.
  • Provide insights regarding quantitative and qualitative developments using periodical reports and/or analyses

Requirements (education, experience, travel, physical, work environment):

  • Bachelor’s degree, preference for Engineering, technical or finance-related degrees or 2-5 years experience in Operations
  • Passion for change and continuous improvement, must be self-motivated, have initiative, and have a positive attitude.
  • Able to train and impart knowledge to others and to learn quickly
  • Proven ability to plan and prioritize work through basic project management skills
  • Demonstrated high-performance levels and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Teamwork skills and the capability to lead change
  • Able to work effectively across different organizational levels, from shop floor to BU management

REV OpEx Specialist Qualities

  • Customer Advocacy.  REV OpEx Specialists should readily communicate their understanding of customer needs.
  • Passion. Must be self-motivated, have initiative, and have a positive attitude.
  • Change Management Leadership. Have demonstrated performance as a change agent in the past, regardless of their job duties.
  • Communication. REV OpEx Specialists are effective communicators, essential for the many roles they serve: trainers, coaches, and mentors.
  • Business Acumen. REV OpEx Specialists should have the business knowledge and the ability to link projects and desired business results.
  • Project Management. Knowledge of project management fundamentals and experience managing projects is essential.
  • Technical Aptitude.  Proficient in the use of tools such as Microsoft Office to analyze data, create reports and presentations.
  • Team Player and Leader. REV OpEx Specialist must possess the ability to lead, work with teams, be part of a team, and understand team dynamics (forming, storming, norming, performing).
  • Result Oriented. REV OpEx Specialists are expected to perform and produce tangible financial results for the business. They must be hard working and quick to demonstrate success.
  • Fun. REV OpEx Specialists should enjoy their jobs if they are passionate.  They must also be creative in how to engage and motivate as well as reward their teams and fundamentally make the project work fun and rewarding.


REV Group (NYSE: REVG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services. REV serves a diversified customer base primarily in the United States through three segments: Fire & Emergency, Commercial and Recreation. REV provides customized vehicle solutions for applications including: essential needs (ambulances, fire apparatus, school buses, mobility vans and municipal transit buses), industrial and commercial (terminal trucks, cut-away buses and street sweepers) and consumer leisure (recreational vehicles (“RVs”) and luxury buses). REV’s brand portfolio consists of 30 well-established principal vehicle brands including many of the most recognizable names within our served markets. Several of REV’s brands pioneered their specialty vehicle product categories and date back more than 50 years.

REV Group is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. REV Group also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.



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