General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems

Continuous Improvement Specialist 3

Job Locations US-NE-Lincoln
Requisition ID
Position Type
Full Time
Operations Management


GD-OTS is looking for an experienced Continuous Improvement Specialist 3 to join our Lincoln, NE organization. We are expanding rapidly and looking for motivated and creative individuals who want to help support and shape this organization as we grow.


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems provides reliable and affordable composite products to the defense and commercial aerospace markets. With more than 50 years of expertise, General Dynamics designs, develops, manufactures, and tests a full range of composite missile and space structures, including rocket motors, pressure vessels, launch tubes and fuel tanks.


The Continuous Improvement Specialists is responsible for Continuous Improvement (CI) activities at the site under the direction and guidance of the Continuous Improvement Manager or other leader. This position will be involved in process optimization and continuous improvement through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing and Shop Floor Management Best Practices within the organization and its supply base.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Support CI activity within the business unit and the supply base. Serve as a Subject Matter Expert for Operation Excellence.
  • Support production of existing product lines with a focus on eliminating defects and waste while identifying and implementing best Lean and Shop Floor Management practices focused on improving the processes and eliminating waste.
  • Lead and/or participate in KPI goal setting, KPI tracking and associated Operations Reviews for executing Lean manufacturing business benefits (quality, cost reduction, efficiency improvements, manufacturing value enhancement, data integrity, Value Stream Mapping) that ensures transparency of delivered benefits to the facility.
  • Actively lead teams and provide individual contributions in problem-solving efforts using LEAN and/or Six Sigma tools like Value Stream Mapping, Design of Experiments, Statistical Analysis, TPM, SMED, TPI and 5S to eliminate waste, reduce defects, improve customer satisfaction, reduce cost, and improve cycle time, scrap, rework, etc.
  • Learn and teach Lean tools by participating in and running DMAIC projects and/or kaizen events at the site. Implement Lean Manufacturing, and project management tools and practices, as well as Lean capabilities to prioritize activities, drive a structured business improvement program. Facilitate functional departments and business units (in conjunction with the site Lean Steering Committee) in identifying, planning, and implementing Lean events, activities, and projects.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for fostering and improving the lean and project management capabilities and behaviors of employees, managers, and supervisors in each area; this includes coaching, training and driving the tools and capabilities in place to get results for management of projects and initiatives in a given area.
  • Lead individuals or teams through a formal problem-solving methodology and develop a prioritizing system for problem solving initiatives in all levels of complexity.
  • Work with finance and other members of the organization in assessing, tracking, and reporting the financial benefits of CI activities. Provide management with project status updates, feedback, and appropriate reporting on selected projects through the development of Kaizen charters, project tracking system and Lean Steering Committee reviews.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a business or technical discipline or equivalent experience required.
  • 5-7 years’ experience.
  • Additional Certifications Preferred: Kaizen Leader or LEAN Tool Expert.
  • Additional Skills Preferred: working knowledge of LEAN manufacturing tools and processes, MS Office, Minitab, and project management.



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