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United States of America
Manufacturing and Operations

Trident Seafoods was founded over 40 years ago and we are proud to have grown to be the largest vertically integrated seafood company in North America. We are a family-owned company with over 9,000 employees worldwide. Trident Seafoods is based out of Seattle, but has processing plants across the United States, Europe, Japan, and China. The real heartbeat of Trident Seafoods, however, is its access to the natural resources in the remote coastal communities of Alaska. We have a unique heritage, talented employees and a company culture founded on the “can do” spirit. Trident believes that our employees are the most foremost reason for our success, allowing us to be the leader in the Seafood industry.



Summary: The Operational Excellence Manager is responsible for developing and deploying the Trident Performance System (TPS) strategy in a large, complex, or multi-site operation. The individual will provide mentoring, coaching and training as needed to support the use of the continuous improvement methodology and tools such as TPM/Lean/Six Sigma. This position will be responsible for deploying and leading the transformation with a goal of improved safety, quality, cost, productivity, service, and employee engagement. 

Reporting Relationships:

Reports directly to the Plant Manager with a dotted line to the Director of Operational Excellence

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deploy the TPS strategy and TPS pillar roadmap across operations.  This includes the Leadership, Daily Management Systems, Zero Loss Analytics, EH&S, Continuous Skills Development, Focused Improvement, Daily Team Maintenance, Supply Chain Flow and Quality Excellence Pillars
  • Establish TPS deployment plans and lead the execution of the plans
  • Support the development of the Site Master Plan
  • Lead the development of TPS training material
  • Own and lead a local pillar and multiple TPS methods and tools within the operation
  • Own and lead an Enterprise Pillar or be a subject matter expert on TPS methods and tools
  • Build TPS skills and capabilities
  • Ensure standardization and proper utilization of TPS across operations
  • Partner with the various departments and functions in identifying and selecting projects that are aligned to key business priorities
  • Lead key initiatives and projects to support achievement of the site master plans
  • Ensure successful kaizen events by ensuring commitment to the process which may include: 1) planning the Kaizen, 2) facilitating the Kaizen, and 3) ensuring the sustainment of the improvements.
  • Collaborate with Enterprise/Plant TPS Pillar and function owners
  • Share best practices within and across plants
  • Provide project management and governance as needed
  • Act as a change agent, systematically driving use of TPS for continuous improvement and change throughout the operation
  • Create metric reporting
  • Ensure SCUBA savings and other KPI targets are achieved
  • Track and monitor TPS deployment progress and provide regular status updates

Additional Responsibilities:

  • As a member of the local plant/vessel/yard leadership team, participate and support other activities as needed
  • Performs other responsibilities and tasks as assigned
  • Provide thought leadership and within the operation and within the OpEx Team
  • Influence local teams with the adoption of TPS
  • Effectively collaborate and build strong relationships with local and enterprise Teams Acquires knowledge of Trident’s Environmental and Safety Policies by completing required training programs and performing designated work activities in accordance with training and procedures/work instructions 
  • Notifies designated personnel of any environmental or safety incidents or risks not previously documented, in accordance with Environmental Awareness and/or safety trainings

Minimum Requirements



  • At least 3 years of Operations or Continuous Improvement Experience
  • TPM experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or related Technical field preferred
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification preferred


  • Experience and passion for introducing new techniques (i.e. change agent)
  • Strong leadership, communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem-solving mindset
  • Analytical aptitude – ability to collect and analyze data and think analytically
  • Ability to influence and drive change
  • Results oriented with excellent project and time management skills
  • Business sense – ability to understand how changes will drive the right business results
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Proficiency in data analysis
  • Minitab preferred

Work Environment:

  • Varied- from loud, wet factory environments, requiring the use of PPE, to offices and conference rooms.
  • Travel will be required, including international travel, and travel to remote locations is required at times (appx 15%). Most travel is planned, project based.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Work in factories requires the ability to climb stairs, ladders, walk significant distances (200 meters), don and doff PPE

Mental Activities:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use independent judgment, discretion and decision making. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use creativity, training, supervision and mentoring skills as well as problem analysis skills. The employee will  use interpersonal skills and team work. The employee will regularly speak, read, write and understand English, and use customer service skills.

Trident Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age and genetic information.

Trident Seafoods has adopted a zero-tolerance and drug-free workplace policy. Pre-employment drug examinations are required for all employees.

Any employment offer from Trident Seafoods is contingent upon the candidate maintaining valid immigration status and work authorization throughout employment, without any need for immigration sponsorship by the company.