Continuous Improvement Engineer III in Niles, OH at Arconic

Date Posted: 7/30/2019

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Job Description

Arconic is seeking individuals who have a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a manufacturing environment, as well as the passion to put that experience to work to lead activities and support plant/location team to achieve manufacturing excellence.  Our organization is dedicated to rapid, profitable growth through continuous capital investment, operational excellence and career development. Arconic is a company that promotes and develops from within with worldwide opportunities. If you are an energetic professional that wants to be a part of a dynamic team we encourage you to apply. 

Join Arconic and join a network of people who are passionate about industry-changing technology that advances the world. You’ll have the opportunity to work with leading global companies that operate in world-changing industries—such as aerospace, automotive, building and construction, defense and commercial transportation. It’s not just a job. It’s a career and a path to the future. You’ll be part of a diverse culture of learning, teaching and mentorship. Arconic is fully committed to developing people: providing employees with the resources, and learning and development opportunities they need to excel and build a career.

The Continuous Improvement Engineer III will be responsible for supporting and assisting the Continuous Improvement Manager in the organization, planning, implementation and follow-through of continuous improvement initiatives established within the Company’s operating model: the Arconic Business System (ABS).  The Continuous Improvement Engineer III is an expert in continuous improvement processes who teaches and facilitates implementation of standard operational excellence methods and tools to deliver results in throughput, productivity, cost, and inventory and delivery performance.
Essential Functions: The Continuous Improvement Engineer position within Arconic includes both creation of strategic vision and tactical management and execution, examples include but are not limited to:
• Ensures a culture is in place that puts the safety and welfare of our employees ahead of all other goals.
• Facilitates successful kaizen, problem solving and rapid improvement process events with both internal and external consultants, customers and suppliers, with a major emphasis on locally focused improvement.  Provides the support for all follow-throughs required to sustain the improvements established during the events.
• Lead Operational Excellence using CI principles, tools, methods, and techniques, in direct support of achieving business goals, improved performance, and decreased cost.
• Lead the development of manufacturing strategy.  Define the current condition of the facility to identify opportunities and create a target condition, with action plans to improve operational and financial results.  Utilize Arconic Hoshin framework to capture and manage execution of the strategic actions.
• Provide a plant-wide framework for CI implementation and facilitate the execution of this strategy.
• Identify, assess, facilitate, design, and coach implementation of CI methods, techniques, and procedures, including daily management, problem solving, TPM/OEE, 5S, visual management, work design and A3 improvement plans.  Use these tools to lead and facilitate continuous improvement.
• Lead and coach others in determining specific measures of performance and productivity improvements.  Provide training and consultative assistance for all levels of the organization.
• Use the ASAT to help identify and implement improvement opportunities, and to assure compliance with corporate expectations.
• Liaison with the BU plants to bring technology and best practices to the location.   Communicate progress and successes within the location and within the business unit.
• Maintain, compile, analyze, and report metrics of improvement projects.
• Ensure that all work activities are performed in accordance with established safety and environmental standards.
• Maintain full compliance with Company policies and procedures, and conduct all activities in accordance with the Arconic Guide to Business Conduct.
• Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, ABS manufacturing principles and techniques.
• Coordinate with the ABS Center of Excellence to identify and implement best practices from across the Arconic businesses
• Other tasks as assigned
Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
• Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
• Disciplined Execution — Job requires holding the Operations team accountable through daily execution to the plan. When required, he/she will need to be able to dive into details to ensure operational success.
• Strong financial literacy — Job requires the ability to drive P&L change in standard costing system through well thought out projects with appropriate ROI.
• Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
• Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
• Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
• Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
• Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
• Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
• Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
• Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
• Customer Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
• Employees in this role are required to travel to Arconic plant-sites every week or to temporarily relocate to plant locations.



Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Operations, Manufacturing, Engineering, or Business Management. 
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in manufacturing
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in lean process improvement
  • Minimum of 2 years in manufacturing leadership role.
  • 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 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
Preferred Qualifications
  • Prefer the Bachelor’s Degree is in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering, from an accredited institution.
  • Ability to utilize Lean tools to generate meaningful, quantified improvement in:  cost reduction, efficiency, reduced inventory, shortened cycle or lead times, improved quality and reliability, on-time delivery, or safety.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing theories, methodologies, standards, and tools.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teaming skills including the ability to work well on cross-functional teams at all levels in the organization.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with senior management (written and verbal) in English.
  • Understanding of financial and non-financial metrics necessary to achieve Plant and BU Hoshin goals.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization; ability to prepare and present training; ability to influence.
  • Computer Skills - knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Good planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and accomplish tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven results facilitating continuous improvement activity.
  • Lean manufacturing experience in aerospace, defense, or automotive industry.
  • Hoshin framework, TPM/OEE, 5S, visual factory management, work design, and A3 thinking and improvement plans.
  • Master’s degree in a related field is an advantage.
  • Arconic ABS certification Level 2 or completion within 18 months of role