United States, Bowling Green, KY, Henkel Consumer Brands

Vertical Start Up Engineering Leader

At Henkel, you can build on a strong legacy and leading positions in both industrial and consumer businesses to reimagine and improve life every day. If you love challenging the status quo, join our community of over 47.000 pioneers around the globe. Our teams at Henkel Consumer Brands continuously drive the evolution in dynamic categories: Laundry & Home Care and Hair. With our trusted brands, including Persil and Schwarzkopf, our cutting-edge technologies and our disruptive solutions, you will have countless opportunities to explore new paths and develop your skills. Grow within our future-led businesses, our diverse and vibrant culture and find a place where you simply belong. All to leave your mark for more sustainable growth.

The Henkel Bowling Green, KY manufacturing facility is looking for top talent to lead our facility to Best in Class performance levels and culture.  We have a clear 3-5 yr journey laid out to build capability and deliver results using the processes of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS).  If you enjoy working with others and have a passion for improvement, come join our winning team!  This position will lead the vertical start up (VSU) activities for key plant projects.

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  • Lead vertical start up for new capital projects, process improvements, RCA and small capital projects.
  • Liaison between engineering, operations, and CI to design, build and install new capital projects in the department with vertical start up and life cycle costing in mind.
  • Lead site preparation and execution of VSU Operational Readiness Checklist and Deliverables.
  • Define the project’s success criteria and start-up curve(s) and obtain approval from management.
  • Ensure that Current Operation Assessment is developed and implemented: Identify potential gaps and risks on the start-up system, and manage mitigation plan.
  • Establish a comprehensive integrated detailed start-up plan with alignment from plant management and all stake holders.
  • Lead and coordinate team activities by assigning the relevant VSU tasks to the individual team members and follow through on efficient and effective task execution.
  • Secure appropriate management alignment and support to the start-up plan and VSU team through the Communication Plan.
  • Develop and implement the training strategy (People Development), material plan and DMS roll-out to deliver sustainable results.
  • Own/lead CQV (Commissioning, Qualification, and verification) execution phases.
  • Maintain start-up log with clear loss, cause, action tracking and documentation. Perform Post-mortem project meeting after Verification phase.


  • 4-year degree in Engineering or similar degree.
  • 2-5 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment, high speed preferred.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and listening skills.
  • Demonstrated tenacity in driving through obstacles to achieve results and maintain project timelines.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in CI directly or indirectly, preferrable with knowledge and skills in FMEA, TPM, VSU or EEM, CI, 5S, 5-Why, SMED, PM, etc.
  • Experience with CapEx scoping, planning, and execution. Project management skills a plus.
  • Experience with Maintenance programs (such as TBM and predictive).

The salary for this role is $69,000.00 - $100,000.00. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range. This salary range may also be modified in the future.

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JOB ID: 24065983
Contract & Job type: Regular - Full Time
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