Morristown, New Jersey

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Productivity Manager (2 roles)

Reports To: Lean/Productivity Leader

Location: This role can be based in Morristown, NJ or at any of our Waste to Entergy (WtE) facilities in the Northeast East area (NJ, PA, CT, NY, and MA).

Travel: Approximately 30-50% travel should be expected to support plant projects.

The Productivity Manager is a "hands on" leader responsible for improving shareholder value by developing/executing projects that achieve productivity targets and maximize AEBITDA contributions. The Productivity Manager will be responsible for developing transformational and incremental improvement projects across the "end to end" value chain in the following areas: Margin enhancement, facility operations, maintenance management, ash/metals recovery, plant availability/on-line time, regulatory constraint management, waste handling/cycle times (MSW, Profile, RMW), etc.

Key responsibilities
  • Achieve productivity targets and maximize AEBITDA contributions.
  • Improve shareholder value by leading the development and execution of projects that are focused on reducing plant cost streams and improving plant revenue streams.
  • Improve Boiler On-Line Time by leading development of tactical execution plans to reduce Unscheduled Downtime at challenged plants.
  • Improve Capacity by leading development of tactical execution plans to improve production/throughput at challenged plants.
  • Maximize plant AEBITDA contribution by leading development of tactical execution plans to decrease operating costs.
  • Provide regional oversight to ensure plants are achieving productivity targets and ensure recovery plans are developed when appropriate.
  • Work closely with plant/regional leaders to ensure productivity targets are achieved and escalate when appropriate.
  • Accurately track hard and soft cost savings associated with productivity targets.
  • Monthly reporting to the senior leadership team on the progression in achieving fleet productivity targets.
  • Utilize and advance tools like process control methods, Lean, DMAIC, DOE, Six Sigma, LSW, etc.
  • Coach, mentor, and develop Green Belts and others to build a culture of excellence.
  • Quickly leverage projects for replication across the fleet to achieve and/or exceed productivity targets.
  • Provide oversight of productivity related training & development e.g., Green Belt Certification.
  • Work safely and comply with company safety program.

Education and Experience:

  • BS degree required from an accredited institution with a focus in engineering/manufacturing preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt preferred or a Green Belt that completes Black Belt certification within 18 months.

  • 5 years of plant operations related experience (WtE, energy, chemical, heavy industrial, manufacturing, process).
  • 5 years leading development and execution of productivity projects across multiple plants/regions.
  • Effective use of change management related strategies to develop, implement, and sustain productivity gains.
  • Demonstrated performance of executing "hands on" plant productivity projects.


Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree. Major / Field of Study: Business, engineering, manufacturing preferred
  • 5 or more years of relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong financial acumen and an understanding of the Plant P&L.
  • Attention to detail to validate data accuracy and integrity.
  • Strong leadership, coaching, mentoring, and team building skills.
  • Knowledge of benchmarking strategies to identify/replicate best practices.
  • Strong project management skills to successfully achieve deliverables.
  • Strong Problem Solving and change management skills.

Other Requirements:

  • Required Certifications: LSS Black Belt or LSS Green Belt (required to complete Black Belt certification w/in 18 months.)
  • Valid State Driver's License
  • Willing and readily able to travel across the region/fleet when needed.
  • Approximately 30-50% travel should be expected to support plant projects.
  • Spend 40-50% of time leading actual projects.

Physical Demands:

☒ Ability to travel 30-50% of time

☒ Ability to lift/move up to 10- 50 pounds

☒ Kneeling, crawling, stooping, bending or twisting for extended periods of time

☒ Walking and/or standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time

☒ Walking on elevated platforms or scaffolding

Work Environment:

☒ Exposure to wet and/or humid conditions

☒ Noise level

☒ Outside weather conditions

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Morristown, New Jersey

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.



1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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