ABS Continuous Improvement Manager-Hampton, Structural in Hampton, VA at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/9/2018

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Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. Arconic Engines, a business unit of Arconic, is a world-class producer of aero engine and industrial gas turbine components, including airfoils, rings, disks and forgings. Arconic Engines excels in vacuum melted superalloys, machining, performance coatings and hot isostatic pressing for high-performance parts that enable the next-generation of quieter, more fuel-efficient aero engines and cleaner power generation. For more information: www.arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Are you an energetic professional that wants to be a part of a dynamic and fast-paced growth opportunity in Hampton, VA?  Arconic is dedicated to rapid, profitable growth through continuous capital investment, operational excellence and career development.  Currently, the Hampton Structural Operation, Arconic Engines (AEN), is seeking an ABS Manager. The successful ABS Manager will drive initiatives designed to improve productivity, quality, cost, safety and environmental performance in support of profitable growth and a track record of 100% Production OTD. If you are interested in a career with our facility, where our business has seen 25% growth in revenue in the last 12 months, with an expected 55% growth over the next 12 months, we encourage you to apply.   
Arconic Engines (AEN)) serves the global aerospace markets with the most specialized engineering, highest quality, and the greatest breadth and depth of investment castings in our industry.  AEN is a business unit of Arconic (NYSE:ARNC).
Profile: The ABS Manager is responsible for organization, planning, implementation and follow-through of continuous improvement initiatives established within the company’s operating model: the Arconic Business System (ABS).  The ABS Manager drives and leads a wide range of activities that are designed to improve on-time delivery, productivity, quality, cost, safety and environmental performance.
Essential Functions:
  • Work with location leadership to drive continuous improvement activities and waste elimination: Identify, propose & implement new productivity improvements.
  • Facilitate successful kaizen and rapid improvement process events with both internal and external consultants, customers and suppliers, with a major emphasis on locally focused improvement. Provide the support all follow-through required to sustain the improvements established during the events.
  • Coordinate and deliver team-based and ABS training to support enhanced organizational performance through imparting a thorough knowledge of team and ABS concepts, principles, and practices.
  • Facilitate, review and aid locations in developing Hoshin plans
  • Act as internal consultant and catalyst to assist individuals and teams in the application of ABS principles and techniques to improve operations. May provide external consulting services to other company or supplier operations.
  • Coach and support leadership at all levels in meeting business improvement metrics through the application of ABS methods and techniques. Establish reporting methods to track progress and communication processes to inform the organization of results and opportunities.
  • Facilitate consistent, uniform approaches for visual controls and productivity measurements to be utilized throughout product teams and the factory.
  • Assist team leaders in team skill and knowledge development to support meeting management goals, project management, improvements, results measurements, problem solving, and related team skills.
  • Provide overall guidance and consultation focusing on the perfection of ABS techniques. Identify opportunities for improvements, continually evaluate results, and sustain performance gains.
  • Ensure that all work activities are performed in accordance with established safety and environmental standards.
  • Maintain full compliance with Company policies and procedures and conducts all activities in accordance with the Arconic Guide to Business Conduct.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, ABS manufacturing principles and techniques.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Solid leadership, planning and organizing, and implementation skills. Strong facilitation and training skills to deliver ABS concepts, principles and practices to groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds and educational levels. Strong project management skills. Ability to facilitate team-based initiatives and to interact effectively with, and to gain cooperation from, individuals at all levels of the organization. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations, thorough business process improvement, time-based management, quality and lean manufacturing knowledge. Ability to work independently, prioritizing and completing multiple work assignments in diverse fields with minimal direction. Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other business related software.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in manufacturing work environment 
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position requires use of information or access to or use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card Holder), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
  • Highly structured and formal education and training in ABS or Lean Manufacturing preferred
  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A technical degree is preferred
  • 8 years of manufacturing experience preferred
  • Arconic ABS certification Level 2 or completion within 18 months of role
  • Thorough knowledge of lean manufacturing and rapid improvement techniques