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Regional Lean Expert

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Irving, TX, 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 Regional Lean Expert (RLE) is a Lean Thinker & Lean Leader with a deep understanding of Lean Transformation. They will play a central role in developing the organization into a Lean. They will train, coach & influence Leadership Teams at their assigned sites, ensuring rigor & fidelity to the site’s Lean Deployment Plan, developing the site’s Lean competence to a level that makes it self-sufficient in the Lean Operating Model. 
The RLE is responsible for developing Lean expertise within all of their allocated sites, ensuring that they have high performing Lean expertise, certified at the appropriate level, & that the Performance Centers become self-sufficient in running the Lean Operating Model. 
The RLE is responsible for ensuring that the Lean Excellence Model Deployment is delivering the targeted KPI & Lean Maturity improvements across their allocated sites, including significant Conversion Cost improvements (targeting 6% year-on year net improvement).  Exemplifying a safety-first mindset & ensuring that the GKN Aerospace HS & E policies are applied across GKNA & that all locations are world class 

Job Responsibilities

  • Developing first-class leaders who are readily able to progress to the next level of leadership, when required, & who embody the GKNA culture principles
  • Driving the disciplined & rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model (LOM) across all GKNA Performance Centers, with a particular focus on those sites deemed to be HID sites  
  • Coaching Site Leadership teams & Site Lean Deployment Leaders in their deployment of the Lean Excellence Model & the associated site improvements projects & Kaizen Events, in alignment with Hoshin Plans  
  • Delivering significant improvement in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash & Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting customer & stakeholder commitments in their assigned sites
  • Actively sharing best practice sharing across site & regions, building knowledge & best practice networks both internally & externally 
  • Developing deep Lean Expertise across their assigned Performance Centers, ensuring that they become self-sufficient in running the Lean Operating Model, training & coaching to certification, at all levels of the Lean Learning Academy, ensuring that our people are fully certified in Lean Thinking at the appropriate level for their role  
  • Complying with all legal & regulatory requirements & ensuring that staff are aware of the policies & their individual responsibilities & accountabilities: 
  • The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action policies.
  • Compliance & Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct & indirect contracting with the United States Government.
  • Export Control regulations.

Job Qualifications


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree OR in lieu of degree, 5 years of GKN Aerospace experience
  • 10 years of experience in a manufacturing environment with a Lean Operating Model/Business System
  • Must be a US Citizen. Must comply with ITAR regulations & site SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • GKN Experience.
  • Previous & significant experience in multi-site Lean Transformation. 
  • A Lean Certification from a reputable certifying body or benchmark company.  
  • Aerospace supply chain experience.
  • A deep understanding of Lean Thinking & Lean Leadership.  
  • The demonstrated ability to influence at the most Senior Levels.  
  • Ability to lead, coach & mentor highly skilled & experienced team members.  

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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Nearest Major Market: Irving
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas