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Operation Excellence - Reliability Leader



Guardian Industries has an immediate opening for an Operation Excellence - Reliability Leader. Ideally, this position will be based out of our corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI (greater Detroit area). The Operation Excellence – Reliability Leader is responsible for new and existing reliability process transformation, development, and improvements. The selected individual will work in a collaborative setting and communicate with Guardian manufacturing facilities throughout the world. The Reliability Leader will provide technical reliability knowledge to support complex, multi-disciplinary technology advancement projects. They will interact with regional operations and local plant personnel to develop a point of view on current and future reliability and maintenance improvements which requires leadership skills to influence these personnel, driving long-term value creation for Guardian Glass. Additionally, the Reliability Leader will support the initiatives for both asset life cycle and stable operations.

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Participating in setting the vision for reliability for the region and priorities for reliability improvements for Guardian operations to maximize operational performances
  • Building relationships with the Operations organizations through constant engagement to improve operational performance and translate their needs into reliability activities. Work as one team in the field by developing a shared vision
  • Engaging in the Guardian reliability transformation and support the operations team on the plan for execution (Reliability Knowledge, Change Management, Equipment Asset Strategies)
  • Functioning as a resource for the follow up on equipment reliability issues to enable continuous improvement (Major Breakdown RCA, FMEA leadership capability)
  • Driving proven practice implementation across plants and develop preferred partnerships with operation teams to improve performances
  • Accelerating transformation by working together with capabilities such as EH&S, Quality, Remote Asset, and Productivity Enhancement Teams
  • Investigating product quality related to equipment failure and finding solutions
  • Supporting reliability input for the capital process for float and fabrication operations (DFMEA, Equipment life cycle analysis Maintainability analyses capability)
  • Leading through influence and example to drive change within operations
  • Demonstrating strong problem-solving skills such as root cause mapping – facilitation
  • Possessing strong communication skills to project information in a professional manner to both technical and non-technical groups
  • Demonstrating an open mind with a strong desire to work and contribute to an innovative team through drive, cooperation and collaboration

The Experience You Will Bring


  • B.S. degree or higher in Engineering OR five (5) or more years’ work experience in engineering, maintenance, or reliability within a manufacturing enterprise
  • Reliability / Maintenance process experience in full-scale manufacturing and development
  • Experience in a maintenance leadership positions OR background in reliability fundamentals and maintenance work-flow processes
  • Presentation and technical writing experience
  • Microsoft Office experience (i.e. Word, Excel, and Power Point, and/or MiniTab)
  • Willing and able to travel up to 40% of the time

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Education or work experience and experimental foundation in engineering, reliability, maintenance strategies
  • Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) or related training on Reliability Analytics
  • Data analysis experience using statistical tools (Weibull Analysis, Monte carlo, etc.)
  • Experience with Ultra High vacuum machines, process, trouble shooting, failure mode analysis, effect on quality
  • Understanding vacuum coater accessory machines to include: washing machine, transport system and/or glass handling machines
  • Experience handling mid frequency AC electricity sources or high-speed turbine pumps
  • Understanding basic engineering design such as: heat exchangers, pipeline, blowers, power transmission & steel structures, vacuum pump capacity calculations, material selection
  • Experience on asset care strategy development through FMEA, Criticality analysis etc.
  • Experience with project management and executing projects that require multi-functional involvement

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status.
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.
This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf

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