Director Continuous Improvement

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POST DATE 8/31/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016

The Sterling Group Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH
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One of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.

Director, Continuous Improvement
Essential / Key Responsibilities:
* Provide strategic Continuous Improvement (CI) direction for systems, projects and programs for the Landing Systems (LS) MRO organization's eight domestic and international sites
* Become a resident LS MRO expert and consultant in CI operating system, Standard Work, Lean transformation and Lean tools
* Provide support and guidance on CI Assessment process, Kaizen events and Six Sigma Projects
* Develop and mentor ACE/CI leaders, CI pilots and Tool Champions by providing guidance through CI certifications (Associate, Practitioner and Master)
* Plan, lead and facilitate Kaizen teams: complete event planning, perform pre-work and facilitate team supporting event closure. Follow-up on kaizen events and assessment plan to Macro and CI plans to prevent backsliding
* Member of MRO senior leadership
* Become an CI advocate in leading and implementing organizational changes throughout the LS MRO organization
* Complete CI initiatives that lead to improved business results (Flow and linkage changes, Kaikaku implementation, implementation of Pull system and Lean transformation)
* Plan, Lead and facilitate CI projects teams (in manufacturing, as well as, non-manufacturing/business processes)
* Utilize Macro planning and Value Stream mapping to develop future state CI plans
Assess CI initiatives and provide input and recommendation on future activities regarding employees and leadership development
* Travel 40-50% to support eight (8) locations

Working Environment: Office and Shop Floor

Education / Certifications
* BA/BS degree w/10+ years experience
* MA/MS degree w/7+ years experience
* PhDdegree w/4+ years experience

Experience / Qualifications

* Five (5) years varied experience, including successful implementation of CI, leading of projects, developing and mentoring leadership, leading others, training or participating in continuous improvement activities; operations, active participation in team or improvement activities
* Excellent communication skills, particularly verbal skills in group settings where there may be resistance to change
* Exhibit appropriate change agent skills
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead, facilitate and motivate teams; a bias for action and sense of urgency to obtain results; active listener
* Green Belt Certification

Preferred qualifications:
* Aerospace industry experience
* Project Management certification
* Five(5) years related experience
* Previous 6 Sigma experience/Black Belt Certification
* Lean skills and the ability to learn and apply new concepts and keep current with state of the art techniques
* Experience in manufacturing and non-manufacturing process improvement
* Experienced in value stream implementation

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

* Bachelor's

Required experience:

* Continuous Improvement: 5 years
* Implementation of Continuous Improvement: 5 years
* Willing to Travel: 5 years
* Team Management: 5 years

Required licenses or certifications:

* Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
* Six Sigma Green Belt Certification