Operational Excellence Engineer (Business Process Improvement)

In a nutshell


San Diego - CA, US

Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00258282-499

Introduction to the job

ASML US, including its affiliates and subsidiaries, bring together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers - the world’s leading chipmakers - to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Chandler, Arizona, San Jose and San Diego, California, Wilton, Connecticut, and Hillsboro, Oregon.

Job Mission
Continuous improvement role to optimize work process, systems, human and material resources using qualitative and quantitative skills to increase quality and efficiency. Along with Manufacturing Operations team, executes projects that represent improvements to internal and external organizations. Contributes with cross-functional team in the manufacturing organization and conducts projects across departments to improve the organization.

This position may require access to controlled technology, as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. § 730, et seq.). Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require the Company to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Role and responsibilities

  • Develops, evaluates, and improves organization/ system/ equipment/ process optimization methods for the manufacturing operations team.
  • Lead improvements resulting in a gemba and visual workplace daily management environment
  • Apply the principles of `waste reduction'; muda, muri, and mura
  • Drive measurable improvements in quality, material control, throughput, flexibility, and cost.
  • Develop and lead continuous improvement project plans along with department managers, engineers, and shop floor supervisors to instill Lean disciplines and implement continuous improvement projects across the Mfg. organization.
  • Develop, participate, and lead training sessions in Lean, kaizen, and problem-solving methods.
  • Analyze production/service schedules, engineering/technical specifications, process flows, and other information to improve methods and activities in manufacturing and services.
  • Optimizes Manufacturing and Logistics material flow, process flow, and layouts using LEAN/Six Sigma principles.
  • Facilitates Kaizen events.

Education and experience

Minimum qualifications – the hired candidate must possess all of the minimum qualifications to be initially considered for the position including:

  • A Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering or equivalent discipline is required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience in an industrial engineering or Lean discipline
  • Lean certified preferred
  • Six Sigma green belt or black belt preferred


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.

To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of internal customer relationship building.
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.
  • Experience with complex data analysis including the use of data collection, analysis, and presentation software tools.
  • Project management experience, including project planning and execution and leading teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, motivate, mentor, and lead team resources.
  • Ability to solve problems and implement solutions to complex problems with available resources.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate complex data using statistical tools.
  • Self-starter; self-motivator; willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Track record of valued contribution and ability to work well in cross-functional teams
  • Experience working successfully with technically oriented customers and cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to respond to questions from groups of managers and internal customers.
  • Strong knowledge in the following areas:
    • Operations, Lean, GeneralEngineering, Quality Control, Data analysis.

Diversity & Inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

Role within Office

  • Routinely required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch. Occasionally required to move around the campus.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • May require travel (specify domestic and/or international) dependent on business needs – specify percentage of travel.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.
  • Can learn and apply new information or skills.
  • Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Strong customer focus and commitment to customer satisfaction through prioritization, quality, efficiency and professionalism.
  • Ability to complete assignments with attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Proven ability to perform effectively in a demanding environment with changing workloads and deadlines.
  • Result driven-demonstrate ownership and accountability.
  • Identifies bottlenecks and drives improvements.
  • Work independently or as part of a team and follow through on assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate open, clear, concise and professional communication.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with manager, co-workers and customer.

Role within the Factory

  • Must be willing to work in a clean room environment, wearing coveralls, hoods, booties, safety glasses and gloves for entire duration of shift, as needed.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature with moderate to high noise level.

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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