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Operation Excellence Engeneering


Start: October 1st, 2022 

Join Oterra in making natural food and beverages easy, for a sustainable and healthy world.  
Headquartered in Denmark, with production sites in Europe, Latin America, and the US, we’re a passionate team of over 900 team members in 30 countries worldwide, serving 120 markets globally. As the leading worldwide provider of natural colors, we offer food and beverage manufacturers an alternative to artificial colors. Food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colors in it. We believe that nature got it right the first time.  
Meet your new team!  

We are looking for a talented Operation Excellence Engineering to join our growing team. Based in Oterra Italian site located in Canossa, you’ll join a dedicated team where you lead and provide technical expertise to achieve corporate goals for Operation Excellence performance and implement and facilitate continuous improvement activities and projects within the plant's Operational Excellence program focused on asset care management. You will also work with the global team on projects aimed at the environment and innovation. The role will report to the plant's Engineering and Process Technology Manager. The ideal candidate has a background management of continuous improvement projects in structured production companies. Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing principles, processes, tools and methodologies (5S, TPM, Problem solving tools, visual management etc.) and Green Belt certification add value to the candidate. Good analytical and project management skills and a good knowledge of English complete the profile.


What will your day-to-day look like? 


  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the Operational Excellence program common to all Oterra’s production sites;
  • Create teamwork and interface daily with the various internal company functions and with the global team of Operational Excellence;
  • Analyze production processes to bring them to operational excellence;
  • Support the improvement of company performance in terms of productivity, production cost management and customer satisfaction;
  • Support the employees training due to  the creation of a corporate culture oriented to lean thinking;
  • Propose, facilitate and accelerate change and develop lean solutions;
  • Elaborate projects and activities reports;
  • Support and manage production operating instructions;
  • Active participation in the analysis of losses and in the identification and prioritization of opportunities for improving plant performance;
  • Collaborate in the dissemination of best practices, facilitating the sharing of experiences with the other production sites of the group;


Experience and skills required 


  • Master degree (preferably in Management or Mechanical Engineering focused on food industry) or Master degree in Food Science and Technology and Chemistry Industry
  • Advanced English and Italian Level
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to manage complex issues and work in cross-functional teams
  • Collaborative, solutions-oriented approach; Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Good analytical and project management skills
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing principles, processes, tools and methodologies (5S, TPM, Problem solving tools, visual management etc.) and Green Belt certification (preferential requirement)
  • Experience in operations activities, in particular on the production processes of the food industry (preferential requirement)
  • Knowledge of SAP system (preferential requirement)
  • Managerial skills: Orientation to results; excellent analytical skills; Concrete and operational approach; Ability to actively listen and involve people; Adaptability and ability to relate to all levels of the corporate hierarchy; Organizational skills in multi-tasking and problem-solving management; Proactivity and ability to work in a team; Good organizational skills; Willingness to travel.


Why join Oterra? 


  • Possibility to work with a Global team
  • Canteen
  • Competitive compensation package 
  • Continuous opportunities for learning and career progression 
  • Free onsite parking 
  • Social workplace

Further information and application 


We would love to know more about you and your motivation for this job! Please send us s short CV and cover letter (documents submitted in English are appreciated), latest September 15th, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact recruiter Roberta Bertolini at 

Please note that we will be working with a continuous selection process, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidates. So, don’t delay, please send us your application today. 

Application Deadline: 
Job ID:  1291

Canossa, IT

Job Posting Function:  Production / Engineering