OpEx Black Belt

Date: May 17, 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 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 more than 7,000 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 operations management at 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. For more information, visit www.bwxt.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, X, Facebook and Instagram.

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. 
  • Minimum of five years of related work experience in continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Possess the ability to lead a team in ambiguous and challenging situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to recommend and implement improvements.
  • Self-starter willing to take responsibility for finding solutions.
  • Strong and demonstrable problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with the ability to effectively, directly and indirectly, impact and influence.
  • 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.


Additional and Preferred Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an ABET accredited institution.
  • Technical degree (e.g., engineering, physics, mathematics).
  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience within the nuclear industry. 



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.


Pay: $53,000 - $86,000


The base salary range for this position in Virginia at the start of employment is expected to be between $53,000 and $86,000 per year. However, the base salary offered is based on local job market factors, and may vary further depending on factors specific to the selected job candidate, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to these considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, such as an annual cash incentive in addition to a full range of medical, retirement, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided at such time the selected job candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, the selected job candidate will be employed 'at-will,’ unless employed at a location and in a position subject to a collective bargaining agreement.  The company further reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment, compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and other market factors.


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 health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company health and safety 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) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test 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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