Continuous Improvement Manager in Whitehall, MI at Arconic

Date Posted: 7/9/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Are you an empowered Lead Team Partner with the drive to transform ideas into sustainable value? Arconic Engineered Products and Solutions (EP&S) 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 lead continuous improvement initiatives with a dynamic team we encourage you to apply.
Arconic Engines (AEN) is a world-class producer of aero engine and industrial gas turbine components, including airfoils, rings, disks and forgings. We excel 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. AEN is a business unit of Arconic (NYSE: ARNC).
Profile: The Continuous Improvement Manager will develop and implement Lean Manufacturing strategies that drive bottom-line improvements in manufacturing operations and related support centers. The role is also accountable for building and sustaining Arconic’s system of Lean management, known internally as “ABS”. The EP&S CI Manager will be placed in an intensive management training program to learn and then apply Arconic’s ABS system before assuming a full-time Continuous Improvement leadership role in an EP&S business unit.
Essential Functions: The Continuous Improvement Manager position within EP&S 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.
    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 EP&S plants of at least 5X their annual salary.
  • Learn to 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 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:
  • 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.
  • 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 Manufacturing — Knowledge of theories, methodologies, standards, and tools.
  • 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.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing, Engineering, or Business Management from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience implementing Lean on the shop floor in manufacturing operations
  • Minimum Travel Required 50%-75%
  • 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 post graduate degree in Business or Sciences is preferred.
  • Plant management or Manufacturing Supervisor experience
  • Diverse leadership experience in areas of Manufacturing, Operations, Engineering, Planning, Financial, Manufacturing or Technical areas
  • Performing VSM analyses and OEE studies to identify true production bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement
  • Experience in Six Sigma is considered a plus
  • Willingness to relocate permanently to an EP&S plant once ABS training is completed
  • Willingness to travel to EP&S plant sites every week (Monday through Thursday) during training to learn and apply Arconic ABS