Lean Manufacturing Specialist / (ABS Specialist) in Davenport, IA at Arconic

Date Posted: 5/12/2018

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Job Description

At Arconic, our goal is to be the best company in the world! Arconic is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Arconic serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production, and other capabilities of Arconic’s businesses as a single solution to customers. Since it opened in 1948, Arconic’s Davenport, Iowa aluminum facility has been at the forefront of American manufacturing. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa, the plant employs 2,200 people and is a focal point of the global aluminum industry, with 25 percent of revenues coming from exports. Through continued modernization, including a $200 million investment over the past decade alone, Davenport has maintained its position as the world’s premier aerospace supply plant and is today the hub of Arconic’s $3 billion aerospace business.

Arconic Business System (ABS) is an integrated set of systems and tools organized to provide a common language and enable transfer of knowledge to apply systematic principles driving lean manufacturing. These tools are used to improve safety, productivity, cost competitiveness, and growth in all phases of our business. This position will be responsible for coaching, guiding, and leading the transformation of Davenport to a lean manufacturing culture and will provide profit focus/results orientation leadership – resulting in increased cost savings implemented through the Degrees of Implementation (DI) system.

This position will apply Lean Manufacturing and other continuous improvement initiatives while leading a large segment of our manufacturing process. Specifically, this position will:
  • Prioritize, guide and facilitate the activities of the manufacturing function to meet organizational goals, initiatives and requirements
  • Oversee the development of standard policies, procedures and practices to ensure customer requirements are embodied in manufacturing processes
  • Establish and maintain uniform manufacturing performance metrics and reporting systems
  • Reaffirm existing production goals, or establish new goals, and lead the group effort to achieve those goals
  • Ensure operations metrics are well-known, and track daily progress toward achieving objectives
  • Lead cross-functional continuous improvement initiatives for safety, on-time delivery, production efficiency, and scrap reduction
  • Develop the capabilities of those in the department through teaching, coaching, establishing high standards, and ensuring accountability
  • Exhibit and promote an attitude on the plant floor that leads to an engaged and energized workforce
  • Drive improvements by developing and implementing systems and procedures based on data analysis
  • Utilize best practice methodologies and develop new technologies
  • Perform other work related duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution.
    A minimum of 1­year of experience working 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.
  • 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

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing
  • Certification in Six Sigma