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Continuous Improvement Manager

United States, Iowa, Davenport
May 20, 2024

We have an immediate opening for a Continuous Improvement Manager. The Continuous Improvement (C.I.) Manager is responsible for leading the continuous improvement effort at Davenport Operations. The C.I. Manager will oversee a team of individuals focused on developing and implementing lean manufacturing strategies to drive rapid profitable growth. The focus will be on the manufacturing operations and related support centers supported by capital investment, operational excellence improvements and career development. The role includes but is not limited to the following:

The Continuous Improvement Manager role includes (but is not limited to) the following job duties:

  • Serve as the location expert for continuous improvement tools and processes
  • 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.
  • Lead and deploy Smart manufacturing concepts to improve operational efficiency including execution of project and outcome with department support
  • Lead reliability strategy and implementation to support business objectives
  • Lead self-directed work team culture to empower worker creativity and resourcefulness.
  • Assist in developing closer connections to our customers and suppliers.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the overall Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program, including establishing the standardized visual system, the overall assessment process, training, and building a system for engaging volunteers for TPM events.
  • Participate on the Business Unit Continuous Improvement Steering Committee
  • Lead the effort in training all levels of employees in lean manufacturing principles and concepts
  • Define activities that require engineered solutions resulting in reduced waste, improved quality, improved throughput, increased machine/person ratio, improved safety, and improved business unit DVP%.
  • Lead and collaborate with cross functional internal teams focused on shop floor factory improvements, which could include CAPEX.
  • Analyze existing processes and identify areas for improvement through data-driven methods such as Lean Six Sigma principles, root cause analysis, and statistical tools.
  • Drive consistent, uniform approaches for visual controls and productivity measurements to be utilized throughout production teams and the factory.
  • Plan and execute the annual Hoshin Planning Session

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited Institution
  • Minimum 5 years of experience leading and implementing Lean Manufacturing/Continuous Improvement initiatives
  • 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 requires access to controlled technology, as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. *730, et seq.) and/or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Authorizations from the relevant government agency may be required to meet export control compliance requirements.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 5 years experience with Problem Solving techniques, RCA, PFMEA, CMMS, and equipment design
  • 5 years experience utilizing Continuous Improvement tools.
  • A Master's degree in Business, Engineering, Manufacturing or Sciences from an accredited institution
  • Experience implementing Lean Manufacturing on the shop floor in manufacturing operations
  • Expert knowledge of Lean Manufacturing theories, methodologies, standards, and 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
  • Experience training and coaching plant personnel to achieve productivity savings using Lean principles and tools
  • Understanding of financial and non-financial metrics necessary to achieve Plant and BU Hoshin goals
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in management or Supervisor role(s) in areas of Manufacturing, Operations, Engineering, Planning, Financial, Manufacturing or Technical areas
  • Successfully implementing large scale/systemic change efforts across a diverse organization
  • Experience performing VSM analyses and OEE studies to identify true production bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement
  • Greenbelt certification/experience in Six Sigma is considered a plus
Arconic Corporation is a leading provider of aluminum sheet, plate and extrusions, as well as innovative architectural products, that advance the automotive, aerospace, commercial transportation, industrial and building and construction markets. Building on more than a century of innovation, Arconic helps to transform the way we fly, drive, and build. We are proud that 77% of our employees are happy working for Arconic and would recommend it as a great place to work and that 80% of our employees would recommend their managers to others.
We live our core values and commit to delivering sustainable value to our customers, our employees, our communities and our stakeholders.
At Arconic, we:
Act With Integrity.
We lead with respect, honesty, transparency and accountability.
Safeguard our Future.
We protect and improve the health and safety of our employees, communities and environment.
Grow Stronger Together.
We cultivate an inclusive and diverse culture that advocates for equity.
Earn Customer Loyalty.
We build customer partnerships through best-in-class products and service.
Drive Operational Excellence.
We pursue continuous improvement through innovation, agility, people development and collaboration.
Create Value.
We achieve success by generating and growing value for our stakeholders.
This position is subject to Export Control Law
This position requires access to controlled technology, as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. *730, et seq.) and/or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Authorizations from the relevant government agency may be required to meet export control compliance requirements.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Arconic is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.
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