OpEx Black Belt

Date: Feb 13, 2024

Location: Lynchburg, VA, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, BWXT is a Fortune 1000 and Defense News Top 100 manufacturing and engineering innovator that provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for global security, clean energy, environmental restoration, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,700 employees, BWXT has 14 major operating sites in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental restoration and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXT and learn more at www.bwxt.com.



BWXT is currently seeking an Operational Excellence Black Belt for its Lynchburg, VA location.


Black Belts lead process improvement teams using LSS principles, methodologies, and tools to achieve strategic improvement objectives. Black Belts engage team members to draw together experience, process knowledge, and validate the quality of data. They interpret data and conduct experiments to identify and validate improvements. Moreover, they represent their team to management, report progress as required, and recommend the team’s course of action as justified by data. Black Belts also validate improvement metrics and define appropriate process controls to maintain benefits.  Black Belts also share knowledge and lessons learned to promote a culture of continuous improvement


Job Description/Duties:

  • Develop expertise in LSS principles, methodologies, and tools.
  • Execute projects that result in measurable results in the areas of quality, cost, and schedule.
  • Accountable to project Champion for team’s progress.
  • Build and maintain relationships with managers and supervisors to educate them in LSS.
  • Facilitate team meetings and tasks efficiently, promoting valued input from members.
  • Report progress periodically to management.
  • Work with Champion to identify and remove obstacles facing the team, procuring needed resources and/or providing guidance required for progress.
  • Recommend improvements and justify activities with data analysis.
  • Coach Black Belt candidates, Yellow Belts, and/or other team members, as appropriate.
  • Assist Champions in developing business cases, as needed.
  • Promote teamwork across functional areas and within the organization.
  • Promote team ownership of project and resulting improvements.
  • Ensure team’s successes are publicly acknowledged and positively reinforced.



Job Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an ABET accredited institution is preferred but not required. Technical degree (e.g., engineering, physics, mathematics) is preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of two years of related work experience required. Minimum of two years of work experience with BWXT and, or, nuclear industry is preferred. 
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-starter willing to take responsibility for finding solutions.
  • Must have strong and demonstrable problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Must possess excellent communication and relationship building skills with the ability to effectively impact and influence both directly and indirectly.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to recommend and implement improvements.
  • Must possess the ability to lead a team in ambiguous and challenging situations.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clearance.



The OpEx Black Belt will work a 9/80 work week while receiving market leading pay, paid time off, paid winter holiday shutdown, educational refund plan, medical, dental, vision and service-based retirement contributions with additional 401k match.







As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment. 

Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. Citizenship (with no dual citizenship) and ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation and previous employment reference verifications. 

BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status. 





Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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