Continuous Improvement Manager in Sylmar, CA at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/28/2019

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Arconic Fastening Systems (AFS) is seeking an ABS Manager for our Sylmar, CA location.
Arconic Fastening Systems (AFS) holds the number one global market position in aerospace fastening systems and rings, and we’re the North American leader in commercial transportation fasteners.  Our rings and high-tech, multi-material fastening systems are found nose to tail on aircraft and aero engines.  Our products are also critical components of industrial gas turbines, automobiles, commercial transportation vehicles, and construction and industrial equipment.  Headquartered in Torrance, CA; AFS employs over 7,500 people in 13 countries at 38 locations.  AFS is a business unit of Arconic (NYSE:ARNC).
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 ABS Manager will be responsible for supporting for organization, planning implementation and follow-through of continuous improvement initiatives established within the company's operating model: the Alcoa Business System (ABS).  Drives and leads a wide range of activities that are designed to improve on-time delivery and productivity.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • 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-throughs required to sustain the improvements during the events.
  • Coordinate with the site’s senior management to deliver team-based and ABS training to support enhanced organizational performance through imparting a thorough knowledge and ABS concepts, principles, and practices.
  • Act as internal consultant and catalyst to assist individuals and teams in the application of ABS principles and techniques to improve operation.  May provide support 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 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.
  • Provide assistance and support focusing on the perfection of ABS techniques.  Identify opportunities for improvements.
  • Assist in the collection of data for tracking improvements.
  • Coordinate with resource departments to fabricate, install and implement improvements.
  • 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 Alcoa Guide to Business Conduct.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, ABS manufacturing principles and techniques.
  • Completes reports and forms, as required.
  • Promote and demonstrate the ABS methodologies and concepts at all times.
  • Ensure that all work activities are performed in accordance with established safety and environmental standards.
  • Develops strategies and programs that improve the productivity and efficiency of the various work processes of the company.
  • Instructs others in continuous process improvements, including the use of various problem solving and productivity techniques such as process mapping and cost time management.
  • Facilitates employee teams to build cohesiveness and improve the overall results of the respective teams' tasks.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum Five (5) years of progressive experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment Minimum of 3 years’ experience/training in a Lean Manufacturing