Continuous Improvement Program Manager in Cleveland, OH at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/16/2018

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    1600 Harvard Avenue
    Cleveland, OH
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    At least 2 year(s)
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Job Description

Are you an empowered Lead Team Partner with the drive to transform ideas into sustainable value? 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 Program Manager will support continuous improvement initiatives established within the company’s operating model: the Arconic Business System (ABS).  This role will coordinate and lead a wide range of activities that are designed to improve on-time delivery, productivity, quality, cost, safety and environmental performance.  The incumbent will organize, plan, implement, manage and administer the ABS Rotational Program and CI Lend Forward (Talent Sharing) Programs, monitor the growth, development and pipeline of ABS professionals, direct and coordinate the activities of ABS professionals on an as-needed basis, and participate in talent management activities of the Continuous Improvement organization. 
Essential Functions: The Continuous Improvement Program Manager will create a strategic vision and execute tactical management activities, including but not limited to:
• Promote a culture that puts the safety and welfare of our employees ahead of all other goals.
• Coordinate, assist and deliver team-based and ABS training to support enhanced organizational performance through imparting a thorough knowledge of team and ABS concepts, principles, and practices.
• Assist team leaders to develop skills and knowledge that support meeting management goals, project management, improvements, results measurements, problem solving, etc. .
• Partner with the HR organization to manage and administer the ABS Rotational Programs.
• Partner with the HR organization to plan, manage and administer CI Lend Forward (Talent Sharing) Programs.
• Align CI Programs to ABS project goals, objectives, initiatives, or strategies in collaboration with other internal ABS professionals.
• Provide technical or administrative support for ABS programs or issues.
• Create a detailed project plan to track progress, effectively communicate that progress with key stakeholders and senior leaders.
• Develop reports or presentations to communicate the effectiveness of ABS initiatives.
• Measure project results (impact to business) using appropriate systems, tools, and techniques.
• Identify needed resources to implement ABS programs or projects.
• Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, ABS manufacturing principles and techniques.
• Coordinate with the ABS Council to identify and implement best practices from across the Arconic businesses.
Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• 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.
• Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
• Initiative — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
• Management and Administration — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources, 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.
• Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
• 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, programs, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
• 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.


Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in project management.
• Minimum of 1 year of work experience in a manufacturing environment.
• 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:

• Bachelor’s Degree is in Human Resources or Engineering from an accredited institution.
• Experience with career development including rotational and lend forward (talent sharing) programs.
• Experience implementing Lean principles in manufacturing operations.
• 6 months or more of experience implementing lean manufacturing and rapid improvement programs.
• Arconic ABS Certification Level 1 or completion within 12 months in role.
• 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.
• Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and accomplish tasks in a fast-paced environment.
• Knowledge of, and experience with, Toyota Production System (TPS) principles.
• Knowledge of, and experience with, Lean Six Sigma principles.
• Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing theories, methodologies, standards, and tools.


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