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Continuous Improvement Manager in Washington, MO at Arconic

Date Posted: 11/19/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    1701 West Main Street
    Washington, MO
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    11/19/2018

Job Description

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. The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for outlining direction of the Lean framework to ensure consistent and rigorous application of ABS goals are deployed across the business in line with overarching Arconic goals. The Manager is also responsible for the successful management and implementation of business improvement projects/initiatives across the business by developing an enthusiastic, motivated and flexible team and building working relationships ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to.
 
This role is accountable for building and sustaining Arconic’s system of Lean management, known internally as “ABS”.  Initially, the Continuous Improvement Manager will lead a team of ABS professionals to drive quick Lean improvements in targeted Arconic operations. 
 
Arconic Engineered Structures (AES) serves the global aerospace and automotive markets with the most specialized engineering, highest quality, and the greatest breadth and depth of forgings and extrusions. Our vertically integrated capabilities and deep materials science expertise in aluminum and titanium structural casting is taking the industry to new heights. This BU is also home to our suite of direct and hybrid additive offerings. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH; AES employs 6000 people in 6 countries at 30 locations. AES is a business unit of Arconic (NYSE: ARNC).

Essential Functions: The Continuous Improvement Manager position 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. 
  • Effectively apply all aspects of Arconic’s Lean management system in manufacturing facilities and in related support functions.
  • Partner with Plant Leaders to develop Continuous Improvement strategies that directly support plant Hoshin goals, then implement those strategies on the shop floor including the tools and processes required to sustain the improvements in the future.
  • Generate productivity savings for plants of at least 5X their annual salary.
  • Partner with Plant Leaders to develop Continuous Improvement strategies that close key business gaps identified in Plant Hoshins.
  • Facilitate kaizens and focused C.I. events to implement Hoshin improvement strategies on all shifts working closely with Manufacturing Supervisors and Operator.
  • Support building a Lean culture by providing training and coaching to plant personnel on Lean theories, methodologies, and standards, with an emphasis on “Learn by Doing”. Utilize Train-the-Trainer techniques to transfer knowledge to department resources to enable self-sufficiency to launch future Lean improvements.
  • Coach line leaders to implement key Lean systems such as: Daily Management, Performance Management, Root-Cause Problem Solving, Process IC&C, VSM, TPM, 5S, Standardized Work, and Leader Standard Work.
  • Utilize Lean principles and Best Practices to establish new work standards for Machines, Processes, and People, to generate productivity savings, improve quality, and increase OTD.
  • Deploy TPM strategies and standards to improve equipment reliability, with initial focus on critical or bottleneck equipment.
  • Develop metrics and dashboard measures that enable the entire plant population to understand key performance indicators and business gaps and take necessary actions to improve results.
  • Coordinate with the ABS Center of Excellence to identify and implement best practices from across the Arconic businesses.
     
Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Lean Manufacturing — Knowledge of theories, methodologies, standards, and tools.
  • Leadership/Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. Training and coaching plant personnel to achieve productivity savings using Lean principles and tools.
  • Team Management – Superior interpersonal and teaming skills.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Lean Tools — The 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.
  • Communication —the ability to communicate effectively with senior management (written and verbal) in English.
  • Financial Literacy — Understanding of financial and non-financial metrics necessary to achieve Plant and BU Hoshin goals.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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Qualifications

 
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with Lean Manufacturing/Continuous Improvement programs
  • 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:
  • A Bachelor or Master’s degree in Business, Engineering, Manufacturing or Sciences from an accredited institution
  • Experience implementing Lean Manufacturing on the shop floor in manufacturing operations
  • Expert knowledge of Lean Manufacturing theories, methodologies, standards, and 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
  • Experience in training and coaching plant personnel to achieve productivity savings using Lean principles and tools
  • Understanding of financial and non-financial metrics necessary to achieve Plant and BU Hoshin goals
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in management or Supervisor role(s) in areas of Manufacturing, Operations, Engineering, Planning, Financial, Manufacturing or Technical areas
  • Experience in successfully implementing large scale/systemic change efforts across a diverse organization
  • Experience performing VSM analyses and OEE studies to identify true production bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement
  • Experience in Six Sigma is considered a plus