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Vaasa, FI Trieste, IT Drunen, NL

Function:  Business Development
Job Category:  Support Functions

Operational Excellence manager

Wärtsilä is leading the maritime industry’s transformation towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. We at Wärtsilä Marine Power are proud to offer our customers the world’s widest network of maritime expertise and the full portfolio from engines to lifecycle solutions. We want to change the course towards an interconnected and cleaner maritime future and are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies with smart technology - together. Are you ready to jump onboard? 


Business Unit Field Services & Workshops (FS&WS) in Marine Power is a global organisation with harmonised ways of working and tools to deliver the best possible services for our customers. FS&WS in one of the key enablers to support customers towards sustainable future with the latest technologies. In our global team we value, respect, and embrace different opinions and diversity. Safety, environment, and wellbeing are our foundation, and we never compromise them.


We are looking for an Operational Excellence Manager to join our team. The preferred location for this position can be in Vaasa, Finland or Trieste, Italy or in Drunen, Nederland.


The preferred candidate will be able to build a highly inclusive culture ensuring team members thrive. Excellent communication skills are a must to be able to provide project updates on a consistent basis to all interested stakeholders and executive management. The candidate should thrive in a fast paced, constantly changing environment while the industry and company go through substantial growth. Responsible for measuring project performance and identifying areas for improvement throughout the project.


Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Be Operational Excellence ambassador for our GEO organisation
  • Coach and train OE thinking and methodologies in our GEO organisation and in cooperation with training services
  • Maintain, support, and audit the development of our Operational Excellence goals and objectives
  • Assist teams and accountable parties on with OE projects, waves and Continuous Improvement projects and initiatives
  • Collect and contribute the best practice examples and ensure knowledge sharing inside Wärtsilä


Following helps you to succeed in the role:

  • Hands on experience with Operational Excellence methodologies (LEAN, 5S, Kaizen) and keen interest in continuous improvement
  • Interpersonal skills to motivate and influence people
  • Structured approach and way of working
  • Firmness and determination to contribute OE objectives
  • Role-modelling attitude to foster OE culture in organisation


Why you and us 


We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative.

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in a diverse and inclusive work community where everyone can be their true self. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition?

You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team.


Contact & next steps  


Does this sound like the job for you? If yes, we hope to hear from you before the application deadline 05.02.23, through submitting your application through our career’s portal.


Are you still wondering if you should apply and would like to get something clarified? Please reach out to the hiring manager, Magnus Henry Kristian, director of Global Expert Operations, through with any questions related to this position. (Only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to)-



Last application date: 05/02/2023 


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


This is Wärtsilä 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Our team of 17,000 professionals, in more than 200 locations in 68 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on