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Value Stream Manager

Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: Kings Norton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

12 month fixed term contract

GKN Aerospace is one of the UK’s most successful and innovative engineering companies, operating across the world and involved in all major aircraft programmes today. We are a global leader in design and manufacture of aircraft cockpit transparencies for both civil and military application and a strong presence in impact resistant windows for locomotive and automotive markets.


An exciting opportunity for a Value Stream Manager has become available at our Kings Norton site. The successful Candidate will be responsible for developing and managing product and information flow within the value stream in accordance with lean methodology to achieve value stream KPI’s.

Strong people leadership and resource management skills are essential t deliver against performance objectives focused on continuous improvement and people development within the value stream.

Job Responsibilities

Key Deliveries:

  •  Accountable for all operational results (Safety, Inventory, Quality, Cost, and Delivery) across the value stream defined from raw material reception through finished goods shipment. 
  • Accountable for reporting and delivering to all KPI’s which drive the operation to continuously improve, ensuring the Team Leaders (TL) maintain all key KPI data & visual management boards.
  • Define and deliver Continuous Improvement Plans for the value stream from future state maps. Prioritise and task manage value stream support team to perform against KPI’s and budget.
  • Accountable for contact between the value stream and all external stakeholders in the production process (shared resource manager, sub-contractors, external logistics personnel) in terms of delivery performance, quality issues, and flow between the facilities.
  • Through the TLs, ensure that all employees are fully conversant and compliant with the Company’s Health and Safety policies. Ensure that all relevant Health and Safety legislation is effectively implemented and managed.
  • Support Operations Manager and General Manager in all business aspects



  • Accountable for all communication with Team Leaders, Value Stream support staff, and relevant operations personnel.
  • Support Operations Team Leaders in acting as a Key Communicator. Communicate consistently and effectively to all employee representatives, external suppliers, management team and customers as appropriate. Provide appropriate feedback on a regular and when needed basis.
  • Actively resolve issues using standard model of leadership behaviour: setting expectations, coaching, recognition, constructive feedback, and escalation where appropriate.
  • Leading and sponsoring improvement activities using lean methodology, tools, and techniques.
  • Ensure that all team members have equal opportunity to contribute to improvement and identify training needs within the team.
  • Ensure and enhance a people focussed environment.
  • Manage employee relations on a day-to-day basis, working within GKN procedures and ensure effective interfaces with employees’ representatives.
  • Support and monitor the development of all employees in value streams and support functions via Personal Development Plans (PDPs), reviews and feedback.
  • Ensure Team Leaders review current skills against predictive requirements and support the development and maintenance of skills matrix accordingly.
  • Coach and manage the Team Leaders and direct reports through their Personal Development Review (PDR) and Personal Development Plans (PDP) to improve Value Stream performance.
  • Promote and deliver Employee Involvement (EI) through behavioural leadership.
  • Promote and develop EI activities and ensure effective shift start up meetings around PVDs (Primary Visual Displays) and allocate time for Team Leaders to lead weekly/monthly EI activities.