Continuous Improvement) (ABS) Leader in La Porte, IN at Arconic

Date Posted: 10/13/2019

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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 super alloys, 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: . Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The Arconic Business System (ABS) is an integrated set of continuous improvement systems and tools organized to provide a common language and unencumbered transfer of knowledge across businesses and geographies. It focuses on serving customer demand by emphasizing the elimination of all waste and making what the customer wants, when the customer wants it. This role will provide support to the sitess for effective and efficient implementation of ABS to employees and managers. General tasks are change leadership related, i.e., (a) assessment and diagnosis of problem(s) from a process, quality, and cultural/people perspective, (b) designing and prioritizing the development plan and metrics for closing the gap of current and target business change, and (c) teaching and coaching during execution of plan to help create a self-sufficient and continuous improvement culture.

Our location in LaPorte, Indiana is seeking a continuous improvement professional to lead ABS for the site.   Our LaPorte, Indiana facility is an advanced aerospace manufacturing facility located half way between South Bend and Chicago, only minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Implementation of Process Improvements; leading, coaching, and facilitating improvements in manufacturing cells, equipment, and material flow through-out plant operations.
  • Improvements will focus on; safety, quality, on-time delivery, and cost savings.
  • Kaizen tool box; value-stream mapping, process mapping, kanban, pull-systems, quick change-over, mistake proofing, 6-sigma tools, problem solving, etc.
  • Development of salary and hourly personnel to spread lean manufacturing and continuous improvement within all aspect of the business.
  • Analyzes and improves work practice methods to eliminate waste and improve work efficiency.
  • Provides input into plant layout or acts independently to improve workflow.
  • Assist in the implementation of standardized work.
  • Lead and/or participate in productivity and kaizen planning meetings by providing information and data analyses and taking action from the results.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum 5 years experience in manufacturing
  • Minimum 1 year experience in manufacturing leadership
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee
  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong leadership skills that creates an engaged employee environment
  • Able to drive improvement through the implementation of the lean manufacturing principles, total quality practices, six sigma
  • Ability to effectively present information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization with effective oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in the investment casting industry a plus
  • 5 years continuous improvement experience
  • Demonstrated ability to lead managers and employees to drive major change initiatives with diverse groups
  • Solid problem-solving skills and the ability to train and lead others (A3/5Why/8D/Fishbone)
  • Solid understanding of ABS and/or Toyota Production System and can teach/coach and mentor others
  • Good computer skills