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Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 18 days ago
Job Role
Product Designer
Employer's Industry
Food & Hospitality

Job Description

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information about the company, please visit our website at

Work with plant management, Regional management, and other Productivity organizations to identify, develop, lead, and complete a portfolio of six to ten Lean Six Sigma and/or Cost Reduction Productivity projects of varying complexity and size per year across all aspects of Praxair’s industrial gas business. Develop and complete General Productivity project validation and Procurement Productivity initiatives. Conduct value stream mapping of current operational processes, identify defects, and implement process improvements. Utilize Lean Six Sigma and overall Productivity methodology and processes to improve plant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), understand electricity and natural gas tariffs and how to optimize them, identify cost reduction and capital project opportunities, and increase plant profitability. Learn and demonstrate how Praxair develops cost/benefit analyses, acquires capital, and executes projects. Responsible for the leadership of black belt projects and oversight of green belt projects which are broad in nature, often across multiple sites. Facilitate idea generation through collaborative efforts including brainstorming, lean events, and stakeholder engagement. Implement action plans to meet the needs of the business and key stakeholders.

Scope: This position requires a self-motivated individual who is expected to function at a high level with limited supervision. Learn and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Productivity methodology and processes. Achieve productivity benefit goals by implementing those learnings and skillfully implementing productivity projects. Act as a resource for the application of advanced productivity tools and discipline. Overcome resistance to change. Work well with and learn from stakeholders at various levels, in particular, Senior Engineering and Operations Directors/Managers to align and drive initiatives, developing exposure and connections for future career opportunities.

Reporting Relationships: This position reports to the Director of Capital and Productivity and is primarily an individual contributor role. Will train and coach junior level productivity professionals and green belts on smaller projects. Will lead project teams.


  • Typical annual Productivity Savings Target portfolio of $2.5 million or more.
  • Provides productivity support to portfolio of plants within USIG West Region, Sales, and Customer Service
  • Solves complex problems; takes broad perspective to identify innovative solutions.
  • Develops conclusions from analyses, applies results, and presents findings.
  • Continuously builds and demonstrates technical proficiency in Operations and Distribution processes and is able to apply these skills to identify and execute productivity opportunities.
  • Facilitates idea generation through collaborative efforts (e.g. brainstorming, Lean events, and stakeholder engagement).
  • Understands strategic direction of business unit or division and implements action plans to meet the needs of the business and key stakeholders
  • Establishes a strong leadership presence with project team(s).


  • Bachelor's degree required (preferably chemical or mechanical engineering).
  • 2-5+ years Air Separation or project management experience, and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to influence required.
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Excel, use of statistical principles via Minitab software or equivalent preferred.
  • Green Belt training or certification preferred.
  • Must be willing to travel at least 25% - 35%.
  • Must work out of an Area Plant in the West Region, options include Tacoma WA, Hillsboro OR, Pittsburg CA, Wilmington CA, Ontario CA, Magna UT, or Loveland CO.

Primary Location California-Pittsburg

Other Locations California-Wilmington, Colorado-Loveland

Schedule Full-time

Job - Productivity Professionals

Unposting Date Ongoing

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Business Overview

Our Story

For more than 100 years, Praxair (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc.,) has taken something as fundamental as air and turned it into ways to make plants operate cleaner and more productively, food taste better, breathing easier and manufacturing processes more efficient -- in short, to make all our lives better.

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