Continuous Improvement/Lean Manager in Gilbert at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 6/25/2019

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The Opportunity | Continuous Improvement/Lean Manager



We are currently looking for a Continuous Improvement / Lean Manager to lead the implementation of a sustainable successful Lean Enterprise initiative at our Gilbert facility. This person will act as a change agent to transform the organization to adopt a Lean Enterprise culture throughout the organization focusing on waste elimination, cost reduction and process improvements.




Your Challenge




  • Lead the implementation of a continuous improvement culture, which will impact customers, internal processes and supplier base.

  • Through collaboration with multiple teams, integrate lean, six sigma and continuous improvement techniques and tools into daily business processes that focuses on waste elimination, cost reduction and process improvements for a successful transformation.

  • Translate high-level strategy into tactical business actions and forge real improvements. Lead Process Improvement Teams and direct timely completion of projects that support critical goals.

  • Lead the Lean steering committee discussions to track progress of identified/implemented projects and to prioritize future events. Provides support in the development of value stream maps, process mapping and analyzing business processes.

  • Develop enterprise-level goals and metrics that encourage and promote Lean thinking. Ensure all improvement activities are identified, tracked and clearly communicated. Identifies core areas of improvement, which forward the overall business strategy.

  • Develop internal processes to reduce non-value added activities and provide improved business results. Facilitate process improvement teams and Kaizen events involving value streams core to the business.

  • Develop and implement a balanced score card methodology. Ensure procedures, policies and standards are fully documented and kept up-to-date.


Your Expertise




  • Bachelor's Degree required, Master's degree preferred

  • 7-10 years of related experience in Aerospace manufacturing

  • Experience implementing Lean practices and developing a lean culture from the ground up across a wide variety of products is essential

  • Must be able to lead people and teams without direct authority

  • In-depth knowledge of process analysis, standardization, continuous improvement, Lean, Six Sigma and operational excellence programs

  • Knowledge of project management techniques and the ability to conduct benchmarking studies

  • Must be open to travel to Mexico planned trips each month - Spanish language is an asset

  • Strong oral and written communication skills


This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.

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