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Site Lean Deployment Leader - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Garden Grove, 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. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.

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 Site Lean Deployment Leader is a Lean Thinker with a very high level of expertise in Business Transformation. They will play a central role in developing the site into a Lean enterprise based upon GKN Aerospace’s Lean Operating Model. They will lead, coach and influence their site’s Leadership Team, ensuring rigor and fidelity to the Lean Deployment roadmap.

Job Responsibilities

  • Role modelling a culture that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace “Great Place to Work” value drivers and Culture Principles
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring that the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are applied across GKNA and that all locations are a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment
  • Driving the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model (LOM) across within their Performance Centre
  • Creating and executing against the Site Lean Deployment plan and ensuring that all resources required are in place, both within their site and from the CoE (e.g. Regional Lean Experts assigned as appropriate) Coaching their performance center's’ Leadership team in their deployment of the Lean Excellence Model
  • Ensuring the correct allocation of resources to make the Lean deployment a success, and making problems immediately visible, allowing problem solving to take place
  • Delivering significant improvement in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting their site’s customer and stakeholder commitments, driven by significant improvements in Lean Maturity
  • Developing deep Lean Expertise across their site, ensuring that they become self-sufficient in running the Lean Operating Model, working with the Regional Lean Expert to ensure that all staff are fully certified in Lean Thinking at the appropriate level for their role
  • Complying with all legal and regulatory requirements and ensuring that staff are aware of the policies and their individual responsibilities and accountabilities
  • The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies Compliance and Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government Export Control regulations

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in engineering or science disciplines
  • 10 years of experience in manufacturing environment
  • 5 years of experience in Continuous Improvement and/or LEAN manufacturing processes
  • 5 years of professional experience in direct Management, Leadership, or Supervision 
  • Must be able to obtain Department of Defense Security Clearance.
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An understanding of Lean Thinking and Lean Leadership with proven experience as a "change agent", to help drive organizational culture improvement.
  • Black Belt or Green Belt Lean / Six Sigma Certification or equivalent Lean certifications
  • The demonstrated ability to influence and inspire the site Leadership Team
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and abilities
  • A track record of Leadership and direction through effective communications, building effective teams
  • Evidence of leading Business Transformation Offices
  • Aerospace supply chain experience
  • A passion for the Aerospace industry

Travel Requirements:

  • 5 - 10% benchmarking both internally and externally to GKN Affiliates

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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