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OPEX Specialist (Operational Excellence) - Snyder, NE

Snyder, NE 68664
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Requisition ID: 15491Smeal, a REV Group brand, is recognized as a premier manufacturer, inventor, and innovator of custom fire apparatus. The company offers a full line of custom and commercial pumpers, rescue pumpers, aerial ladders, and urban interface vehicles. Smeal is committed to leading the industry in high-quality fire apparatus, delivery times and customer experience. Smeal sells its products worldwide and is based in Snyder, NE. Smeal Apparatus is part of the larger REV Group (NYSE: REVG), a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles for the fire & emergency, commercial, and recreation markets. REV Group’s extensive vehicle line-up includes models such as ambulances, fire trucks, school buses, terminal trucks, RV’s, luxury buses, and much more. Our 6,500+ employees continuously demonstrate their commitment to building innovative and reliable vehicles that our customers can depend on whether for a family trip across the U.S. or when responding to an emergency. Rev Group is a veteran friendly employer and hires over 200 veterans and or those transferring out of the military each year. 

OpEx Specialist


The REV Group REV OpEx Specialists will be focused on leading continuous improvement projects that support the business goals of

(BU name) 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 initiate’s 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.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job:

  • The employee is regularly required to stand or walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee frequently is required to walk.
  • The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit for extended periods.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40#’s.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and squat.
  • Ability to work with arms above head.
  • Able to read and follow written and verbal instructions.

Work Environment:

  • Indoor office
  • Production and/or Warehouse

Personal Protective Equipment recommended and/or required on the production floor:

  • Safety glasses.
  • Earplugs.
  • Work gloves


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 opportunities for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans. 



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Posted: 2023-01-03 Expires: 2023-04-20
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