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BAE Systems

Continuous Improvement Leader (80799BR)




Full Time


Aiken, South Carolina, United States

Job Description

The BAE Systems site in Aiken, South Carolina is seeking a seasoned Continuous Improvement Leader. In this role, the Continuous Improvement Leader performs all aspects of Continuous Improvement (CI) activities, always driven by business needs and company strategies / objectives. The Leader's focus is on Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost while demonstrating capability to perform CI activities at a high level as a seasoned practitioner. They coach and mentor leaders, project teams, and associates to engrain a solid problem-solving through process on a daily basis. The leader is charged to facilitate daily / weekly coaching sessions with problem-solving teams and develop future coaches and practitioners in assigned areas. A highly engaged and active participant, the CI leader offers support for CI applications on the floor. The CI leader establishes CI 90-day and annual plans per assigned areas, data collection systems, program / project tracking, sustainment and follow-up initiatives. They participate and support site CI Pillar process, deployment, and replication to department levels. They manage project identification, prioritization, and execution by applying the models, methods, and standards available, including Visual Management Systems, Metric boards and Tools aligned with "Go See" walks with plant, department, and program leaders. They lead CI training, application, and coaching based on business need(s). Initial priority in this role as a Continuous Improvement Engineer will be Basic Problem Solving and A3 Methodology, while utilizing other Lean Six Sigma, statistical and advanced tools where deemed necessary.

  • Places high emphasis on Safety while driving team behaviors such as integrity, inspiring the team, promoting collaboration, being courageous, creative, and adaptable, while developing others to improve overall business processes and performance.
  • Maintains and develops further relationships with all Strategic Operations, Operations Managers, and associates to include Operators, Quality, Engineering, and Supply Chain to support various initiatives, projects or any other activity by applying the available tools and knowledge.
  • Continuously involved on CI Pillar Process ensuring the approach of identifying and prioritizing the projects that will be leading / coaching or mentoring the coach, applying the correct tools (5 Why, A3, DMAIC, JDI, Quick Events, SMED, 6 Sigma, etc). Always driven by the organizational strategies and business needs.
  • Applies Project Management Tool to manage all projects under their scope (Plant / Department or Area) while ensuring timeline and target accomplishment (which includes savings or additional impact calculation and approvals, projects documentation and 12 months tracking for sustainability). Also provides trainings to project leaders and project team members.
  • Trains and facilitates cross-functional teams on Visual Management Systems, Metric boards and Tools aligned with "Go See" walks with plant, department, and program leaders.
  • Leads or coaches high impact projects due to its level of complexity and impact to the organization. Recommends and proposes potential replication projects to plant / program / department owners.
  • Continuously focuses on capabilities development and certifications related to CI knowledge and application as supporting the development of others on his plant or department. Special focus on peers in Quality, Operations, Manufacturing, and Engineering. Acts as an agent with a problem-solving mindset.
Required Education, Experience, & Skills Typically requires a Bachelor Degree in an engineering or science or related discipline with six (6) years of related experience, or the overall equivalent;Related experience to include lean and continuous improvement principles, systems, methodologies and tools.Lean or Six Sigma Certification (GB/BB).Experience with Quality, Manufacturing, Mechanical, or Industrial engineering departments and activities.Computer skills to include Microsoft Office Suite, Minitab, Visio, or similar applications.Requires analytical, problem-solving skills with systematic thinking ability.Highly effective communicator, written and verbal.Experience presenting material and providing mentoring and coaching to support the training.Pro-active with an ability to influence, lead, guide, and drive change.Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Toyota Production System exposure
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma BB
  • Manufacturing, Industrial, Mechanical Engineer
About BAE Systems Platforms & Services BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair…just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.