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LEAN Specialist, Black Belt - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Jun 13, 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 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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 Black Belt LEAN Specialist is a “High Caliber” data driven problem solver, specializing in solving complex issues. The Black Belt LEAN Specialist will lead major breakthrough initiatives to successful completion and with that, captures significant growth opportunities in the organization. Additionally, the Black Belt LEAN Specialist plays a key role in developing problem solving capabilities, by training and coaching Green Belt LEAN Specialist, and problem solvers using the "8 Step A3" approach and DMAIC where appropriate. The Black Belt LEAN Specialist is a change agent and role model for leading change and Lean transformation. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Role modeling 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 GKN Aerospace and that all locations are a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment
  • Driving the disciplined and rigorous execution of complex data driven problem solving (Black Belt projects as well as Kaizen Events) as part of the LEAN Excellence Model deployment across their assigned area of responsibility
  • Coaching their assigned area’s Leadership team in their deployment of the Lean Excellence Model especially by supporting the prioritization of complex issues requiring resolution and assigning methods of approach as part of the Kaizen Event Planning Process
  • Displaying exemplary Lean Leadership behavior
  • Training & coaching Green Belts to certification completion 
  • The delegated owner (from the Site Lean Deployment Leader) of the Six Sigma DMAIC program for the site, including both capability building and sustainment, as well as rigorous DMAIC application and execution
  • Delivering significant improvement in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting their assigned area’s customer and stakeholder commitments, driven by execution of complex data driven problem solving
  • Developing DMAIC Expertise across their assigned area, ensuring that they become self-sufficient in problem solving, working with the SLDL and fellow LDLs and GBs/BBs to ensure that all staff are fully certified in problem solving 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 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in a Engineering and/or Technical Field
  • 7 years of professional LEAN experience in manufacturing with extensive working knowledge of Six Sigma
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification 
  • A passion for the Aerospace industry
  • Highly enthusiastic for the change to a Lean Thinking organization
  • Effective communicator, building effective teams
  • Excellent Project Management skills, able to navigate through complex project stakeholder situations
  • An understanding of Lean Thinking and Lean Leadership
  • The demonstrated ability to influence at the Site Management, Group Leader and Team Leader level, as well as the enabling functions
  • Ability to lead, coach and mentor team members  



***Access to our facility (and, therefore, employment) is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, U.S. refugees, asylees or temporary residents under amnesty provisions [as defined in 8 USC 1324b(a)(3)] and properly licensed foreign persons. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide information to determine whether they are subject to these regulations and, if so, to assess their country of chargeability for trade compliance control purposes. Additionally, potential employee’s names will be screened against the Consolidated Screening List (maintained by the United States government) to determine eligibility to receive technical data.

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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