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Manager Continuous Improvement (CI) - Garden Grove, CA

Company: GKN Aerospace Inc
Location: Garden Grove
Posted on: August 31, 2019

Job Description:

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

Facilitate continuous improvement implementation through employee involvement. The primary objective is to coach and influence the site leadership and employees to implement and sustain a beneficial change culture within each site. The SCIL should challenge existing ways of thinking and working to maximize opportunities for business process improvement and complexity reduction.

Job Responsibilities

What you'll do

Continuous Improvement

* Strategic Lean Deployment

* Lead creation, deployment and update of:

* Site 5 year lean strategy

* Site 5 year lean training plan

* Lead development and review of Site CI Plan and associated KPIs through Policy Deployment.

* Site Steering Committee

* Lead monthly Site Steering Committee meeting, ensuring Leadership team attendance and accountability for performance and actions taken.

* Reporting and KPI Management

* Deliver monthly completion of Lean reported KPIs

* Promote use of Aerospace Business Intelligence reporting and visualisation tools for CI planning and KPI management (e.g. Qliksense, EPvD, similar)

* Creating a culture of Continuous Improvement

* Focus on Quality and Safety continuous improvement activities as necessary

* Lead, participate or be process coach of local lean activities around Production, Business Process and People Excellence

* Ensure local 'lean trained' leaders are made accountable for using Lean tools

* Coach problem-solving within the Leadership team and cascade the philosophy of 'Leaders are teachers' throughout the organisation

* Continuously coach lean graduates to cultivate improvement projects

* Develop a community of problem solvers

* Deploy 'What Good Looks Like' in all areas of the business - GOLD

* Coach waste identification and elimination

* Responsible for sharing and finding best practices within GKN Aerospace and beyond

* Implement visual management systems to drive continuous improvement

* Achieving business benefits and targets

* Facilitate workshops focused on identifying activities to improve business performance and achieve management targets (eg. DSA, Productivity, OEE)

People Management

* Develop a diverse and inclusive team aligned to GKN philosophy.

* Motivate team by setting challenging and achievable goals. Communicate business strategy and update team on the roadmap to excellence.

* Create a culture of Engagement where all employees have the tools they need to do their job well and have the opportunity to contribute to improvement through employee involvement.

About you

Required Experience:

* Bachelor's Degree required in Business or Engineering

* 5+ years of continuous improvement experience

* 5+ years of manufacturing experience preferably within aerospace and a low mix high volume environment

Additional Experience:

* Knowledge of Lean Production Tools

* Good communication, teaching and coaching skills

* Project Management

* Promotes essential facilitation and Leadership skills

* Must be willing to participate in Phase 1 SCIL Training with applied learning on-the-job implementation leadership training

* Must be a proven leader within a relevant discipline and a quick learner who is adaptive to and embraces changeGen

* Must have experience with value stream mapping and/or four fields mapping

* Experience working with Business Intelligence tools (ex. Qliksense or similar) is beneficial

* Six sigma training/certification is favourable.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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