Director, Continuous Improvement

Esterline   •  

Brea, CA

Industry: Aerospace / Defense


11 - 15 years

Posted 423 days ago

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Director, Continuous Improvement
Esterline welcomes people who share our determination and high standards to join us in doing work that moves the world forward. We design, manufacture, and market highly- engineered products and systems principally for the aerospace and defense markets.

Esterline Engineered Materials, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Esterline, is a leading diversified manufacturer of highly engineered, organic, and in-organic elastomer based products.  
The Director, Continuous Improvement role at Kirkhill Elastomers will partner with internal and external customers and stakeholders to drive more sustained value that delight our customers and deliver results both faster and at lower costs than our competition.
What You Will Do:

  • Having and demonstrating “respect for people” is non-optional. The primary focus of this role is to develop people and processes and effectively change the culture to a “Lean business” versus a business doing lean things. Being able to effectively influence across all levels of the organization in a global business that crosses many diverse cultures is required.
  • Influential and productive relationships with senior executives, site leaders, process improvement leaders and otherinternal/external resources. Maintain a closely aligned working relationship with the Corporate Continuous Improvement peer group.
  • Capable of influencing and getting cooperation and action from others without having direct control.
  • Must clearly understand the organization’s stated mission, business plan, performance measures and strategic initiatives. The ability to clearly link, align and communicate the improvement strategy through Policy Deployment and Macro Planning is required. 
  • Must have a strong understanding of Lean principles, and have successfully led Lean Transformation in a manufacturing and business process environment. 
  • Provide lean consultancy and leadership coaching to develop an effective lean organization that can fully deploy and operate per the Esterline Operating System (EOS), including lean logistics.  
  • Ability to accurately assess the business at all levels of the organization to determine its Lean maturity levels and to collaboratively develop structured improvement plans that align with and utilize Lean tools and methodologies.
  • Must have strong kaizen event leadership and facilitation skills for all types of manufacturing and business process events. 
  • Strong communication skills and presentation skills required, at all levels of the organization, including the ability and desire to facilitate events and to teach in a classroom setting. Will be required to develop and deploy lean training curriculum in order to equip the organization with a consistent and structured approach.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged; demonstrate and live by Esterline’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

What You Will Bring:

  • 10+ years of experience employing TPS principles within a manufacturing company. 
  • Aerospace and defense industry experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a Business Process Lean leader role
  • BS in Engineering, Manufacturing or Business.  Extensive related work experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Experience in facilitating a process with a site or business that leads to a transformation plan that is executable by the business.
  • Deep knowledge and experience with the Toyota Production System and Lean principles
  • Strong presentation, communication, training and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to train and teach others
  • Proven track record of reducing waste in varied business environments
  • Proficient with analyzing financial and operational data
  • Superior professional management skills including leadership, organization, documentation, training, and process engineering
  • Ability to communicate professionally with people at all levels of the organization
  • Extensive expertise in production planning and scheduling in a lean environment from Customer through supply chain, including lean “line back” logistics
  • Highly customer focused with the ability to develop solid relationships at all levels within a matrixed organization.