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Lean Manufacturing Specialist

paid holidays, 401(k)
United States, Tennessee, Alcoa
300 South Hall Road (Show on map)
May 20, 2024
Arconic is currently in search of a L ean Manufacturing/Continuous Improvement Specialist, internally known as an Arconic Business Systems Specialist (ABS), to join our RPNA business unit in Alcoa, TN.
At Arconic, we are looking for people who share our values of integrity, inclusion, and diversity, and who demonstrate agility, results commitment, and the capability to grow themselves and others. In return, we offer the opportunity to Grow Together with ongoing opportunities for professional growth provided by a constantly changing environment, working alongside employees who value the people they work with just as much as the work they do.

The main purpose of this position is to deploy, teach, coach and drive continuous improvement through partnership with employees from various functions across Arconic Tennessee Operations, by eliminating all types of waste and application of the Arconic Business System stability tools.


  • Take a proactive role in promoting and practicing Lean Manufacturing or Continuous Improvement - Arconic Business Systems (ABS) concepts and philosophies within his/her span of control and responsibility.
  • Acts as an ABS resource in assigned areas to:

    • Proactively assist and participate in identifying all types of waste by advocating, coaching, practicing and leading the implementation of various Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement techniques.
    • Assist in collecting data, preparing and developing improvement projects at the Plant and department/area levels.
    • Coach and work together with organization leaders in sustaining and utilizing the ABS/Reliability Excellence (REX) and other continuous improvement systems.
    • Proactively assist in leading and maintaining central ABS/REX systems.
    • Assist in sharing learnings between the areas within the plant, and transferring knowledge from other sites within and outside of the BU.
    • Actively participate in teaching and coaching the rest of the plant in continuous improvement training programs.

The ABS Specialist tasks are directly connected to the financial gains that are expected from continuous improvement projects. As such, the ABS Specialist will proactively advocate and participate in raising project ideas which formally measure the impact of "growth" improvement activities. Furthermore, the ABS Specialist will assist and participate in identifying cost reduction and capital expenditure opportunities in all areas of the plant where he/she works.

Critical Competencies

  • Understanding the ABS principles, Waste Elimination and Continuous Improvement activities or projects
  • Experience with one or more of the following techniques: Kaizen, 5S, Problem Solving Techniques, Standardized Work, and Total Productive Maintenance.
  • Basic computer skills with intermediate knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Power Point, and analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of a manufacturing environment
  • Time Management
  • Drive for Change
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration with various levels of the organization
  • Building Ownership and Commitment

Basic Qualifications

  • Associate's degree in a Technical Field, Science or Business Administration (at time of hire), plus 5 years of experience in manufacturing, manufacturing support or engineering 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 in Engineering, Science or Business Administration (at time of hire) plus 3 to 6 months exposure to manufacturing, manufacturing support or engineering environment. A Minimum of 2 years of experience with Microsoft Office software (power point, excel, and word)
  • Ability to teach and coach others
  • Flexibility and willingness to work at different areas at various times
  • Adaptable to change
  • Demonstrates leadership, tenacity, planning, and practical learning behaviors
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Demonstrated problem solving capacity
  • Good human relations skills and able to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Able to work flexible hours as required

Benefits Package:

  • Strong base salary with variable quarterly bonus program
  • Generous Health Benefits beginning day 1! (medical, life, dental and vision plans available)
  • 401(k) Match Program (up to 6% company match) PLUS a company Retirement contribution (3% of base salary)
  • Competitive annual vacation accrual PLUS 9 annual paid holidays and 2 personal holidays
  • Relocation

In addition to the above benefits, Arconic offers:

  • Personal development to grow your career with us based on your strengths and interests
  • A collaborative teams-oriented environment where employees are empowered to make an impact to the results of the business
  • The ability to interact with other employees through one of our 6 Employee Resource Groups that give back to our community and plan events for other employees within the plant
  • Employee recognition programs including service awards and additional opportunities for incentive pay

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