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Six Sigma Black Belt (Site)

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: El Cajon, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

The Six Sigma Black Belt is responsible for improving the business through the involvement and empowerment of entire workforce. Through facilitating, coaching and influencing continuous improvement with site leadership and employees, the SLDL will create and sustain a beneficial change culture. The SCIL will also challenge existing ways of thinking and working, to identify and eliminate waste and non-value added activities through continuous improvement in all products and services, to maximize opportunities for business process improvement.

Job Responsibilities

  • Select and prioritize projects to ensure work aligns with strategic goals.
  • Create project plans and guide team members, including personnel certified at the Green and Yellow Belt levels, to complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Trains other team members on how to use Six Sigma tools and techniques, such as control charts, histograms and a root cause analysis.
  • Participate in creation, deployment and update of site 5 year lean strategy and site 5 year lean training plan.
  • Participate in development and review of Site CI Plan and associated KPIs through Policy Deployment.
  • Reporting and KPI Management.
  • Deliver monthly completion of Lean reported KPIs.
  • Promote use of Aerospace Business Intelligence reporting and visualization tools for CI planning and KPI management (e.g. Qliksense, EPvD, similar).
  • Focus on Quality, Delivery, and Safety continuous improvement activities as necessary.
  • Lead, participate or be process coach of local lean activities around Production, Business Process and People Excellence.
  • Ensure local ‘lean trained’ leaders are made accountable for using Lean tools.
  • Coach problem-solving within the Leadership team and cascade the philosophy of ‘Leaders are teachers’ throughout the organization.
  • Implement visual management systems to drive continuous improvement.


Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, or Design or equivalent field of study required.
  • 3 years of experience in Lean/Continuous Improvement role in a manufacturing/industrial environment required.
  • Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or higher required.
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 6 or more completed Black Belt Projects highly preferred
  • Strong proven experience using Six Sigma tools and techniques to assign team tasks and uses the stages of Six Sigma or DMAIC to complete process improvement projects
  • Proven experience applying Lean Manufacturing principles to remove process steps that provide no value to the customer and reduce waste.
  • Strong desire for problem solving manufacturing production
  • Aerospace industry experience highly preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of lean production tools.
  • Strong communication, teaching and coaching skills.
  • Corporate desktop environment such as Microsoft Office suite and/or equivalent.
  • Project Management experience. 

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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