Director, Operational Excellence

Rockwell Collins Inc   •  

Simpsonville, SC

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


8 - 10 years

Posted 45 days ago

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At Collins Aerospace, we’re dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry – all to redefine aerospace.

Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies– Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems – we’re driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.

We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

As a leader in the aerospace industry, we are growing rapidly and have a number of exciting positions available right now, including an Operations Excellence Manager in our Woven Electronics business located in Simpsonville, SC.


Reporting to the site General Manager, the Operation Excellence Manager will work on driving Lean initiatives with people at all levels of the organization.


  • Develops and maintains site Hoshin Policy Deployment.
  • Drives towards meeting balance scorecard metric targets including: safety, quality, delivery, productivity and cost.
  • Provides assistance to champions, functional departments, and business unit leaders in identifying, planning and implementing Lean and Six Sigma projects that tie strongly to business strategic priorities.
  • Conducts Kaizen events using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to generate priority initiatives with measurable results.
  • Responsibilities also include expert knowledge and practical application of problem solving 8D, PDCA and DMAIC tools and methodologies. Provides problem solving training and coaching to all levels of the organization.
  • Provides technical guidance and mentorship to Lean Leaders and Black/Green Belts to drive project execution. Identifies and tracks all Operational Excellence improvement projects and cost savings.
  • Provides standard work guidance and support to all the levels of the organization, especially the shop-floor.
  • Provides shop-floor and administrative areas Lean support. This includes expert knowledge and application of the TPS principles of Lean – 5S Workplace Organization, Value Stream Mapping, Visual Factory Management, Error Proofing, Total Productive Maintenance, Kaizen, Kanban/Pull Systems, Set-Up Reduction, and Standard Work.
  • May lead complex projects that cut across various organizational, functional and international boundaries
  • Conducts regular plant Lean assessments.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a business/technical discipline Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business, or other relevant subject area and/or combination of education and experience
  • At least seven years implementing Toyota Production System (TPS) or similar program(s)
  • Deep Lean/TPS training and skills.
  • Excellent understanding of analytical tools and proficiency in probability and statistics.
  • Outstanding project management skills.
  • Deep manufacturing operations skills with demonstrated accomplishments; deep transactional process skills.
  • Excellent training and presentation skills with solid communication capabilities and practices, both oral and written.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and manage changing priorities
  • Proven ability to be flexible and work hard, both independently and in a team environment, in a high pressure on-call environment with changing priorities
  • Flexibility to travel up to 10%


  • Certification in Lean Manufacturing and / or Six Sigma
  • Experience with A-3, PDCA & KTM

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed descriptions of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance and disability coverage
  • And more

    Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

    Collins Aerospace is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.

EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.