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Lean Expert

Date: Jan 23, 2023

Location: Westlake, 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 Lean Expert is a Lean Thinker and Lean Leader with a deep understanding of Lean Transformation. They will play a central role in developing the organization into a Lean enterprise based upon GKN Aerospace’s Lean Operating Model. They will train, coach and influence Leadership Teams at their assigned sites, ensuring rigor and 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 Lean Expert 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, and that the Performance Centers become self-sufficient in running the Lean Operating Model.
The Lean Expert is responsible for ensuring that the Lean Excellence Model Deployment is delivering the targeted KPI and Lean Maturity improvements across their allocated sites, including significant Conversion Cost improvements (targeting 6% year-on-year net improvement).


Travel about 70-80% and will travel to our Northeast Cluster locations. 

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
  • Developing first-class leaders who are readily able to progress to the next level of leadership, when required, and who embody the GKNA culture principles
  • Driving the disciplined and 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 and Site Lean Deployment Leaders in their deployment of the Lean Excellence Model and the associated site improvements projects and Kaizen Events, in alignment with Hoshin Plans
  • Ensuring alignment of internal and any appropriate external resources on the use of the GKN Aerospace Lean Operating Model, terminology and methodology
  • Delivering significant improvement in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting customer and stakeholder commitments in their assigned sites, through the development of high Lean Maturity. The Lean Expert should be able to demonstrate a finance approved portfolio of Kaizen Events with savings to an annualized value of at least 3% of Conversion Cost (CC) of their assigned sites per year, in addition to the 3% of CC per assigned sites Six Sigma Project portfolio.
  • Actively sharing best practice sharing across site and regions, building knowledge and best practice networks both internally and externally, developing self as a thought leader in the field of Lean Thinking and Leadership
  • Developing deep Lean Expertise across their assigned Performance Centers, ensuring that they become self-sufficient in running the Lean Operating Model, training and 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 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

Required Qualifications:

  • BSc degree, or equivalent, in an Engineering or Science discipline
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant business experience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A deep understanding of Lean Thinking and Lean Leadership
  • The demonstrated ability to influence at the most Senior Levels
  • Ability to lead, coach and mentor highly skilled and experienced team members
  • A track record of Leadership and direction through effective communications, building effective teams
  • Second or advanced degree in Business
  • Previous and significant experience in multi-site Lean Transformation
  • A Lean Certification from a reputable certifying body or benchmark company
  • Aerospace supply chain experience
  • A passion for the Aerospace industry

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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