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Lean Practitioner- St. Louis, MO

Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: St Louis, MO, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world's leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 51 manufacturing locations in 14 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 Lean Manufacturing Practitioner is responsible for improving the business through leading, facilitating, and coaching continuous improvement activities. The Lean Manufacturing Practitioner will create and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. The Lean Manufacturing Practitioner will work with operations, functional support and business process teams to identify and eliminate waste, non-value added activities and support Six Sigma DMAIC projects. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead, participate or be process coach of local lean activities around Production, Business Process and People Excellence.
  • Successfully deploy site wide 5S, daily management, standard work, and Lean training.
  • 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.
  • 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, Safety continuous improvement activities as necessary.
  • Coach problem-solving within the Leadership team and cascade the philosophy of ‘Leaders are teachers’ throughout the organization.
  • Continuously coach lean graduates to cultivate improvement projects.
  • Develop a community of problem solvers.
  • Coach waste identification and elimination.
  • Responsible for sharing and finding best practices within GKN Aerospace and beyond.
  • Implement visual management systems to drive continuous improvement.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Mechanical, Industrial, or Manufacturing Engineering, or equivalent field of study; Will consider 2 year technical degree and 4 years of direct manufacturing operations lean six sigma experience   
  • 3 years of experience in Lean/Continuous Improvement for manufacturing
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Project Management experience
  • Experience with Lean Transformation including cell design and line-back logistics
  • Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification
  • Completed Black Belt Projects highly preferred
  • 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



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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