General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems

Senior Continuous Improvement Leader

Job Locations US-AL-Huntsville | US-AL-Anniston
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Position Type
Full Time
Quality Assurance/Safety


This position will have responsibility for process optimization and continuous improvement through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing within the Rockets organization and its supply base.


The position will catalogue and manage a database of improvement projects. This includes supporting manufacturing processes within Rockets and its supply base and monitoring progress of process improvement, resource identification and allocation. This position reports to the Sr. Manager of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement and is the primary resource for the company’s continuous improvement systems.


Major Position Responsibilities


  • Manages and promotes CI activity within the Rockets business unit and the supply base
  • Supports production of existing product lines with a focus on eliminating defects and waste while identifying and implementing best Lean practices focused on improving the processes and eliminating waste
  • Sets goals driven from KPIs 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.
  • Use of Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Production System and project management tools and practices, as well as Lean capabilities to prioritize activities, drive a structured business improvement program and ensure that the team members put in practice a project management way of thinking and it becomes embedded in the culture (PDCA, DMAIC, responsibilities and accountabilities, project review discipline, Problem Solving Discipline).
  • Establishes, manages, and enforces the standard operating processes for all operations within the business
  • Consolidates Continuous Improvement processes and ideas where possible and streamlines them towards one joint goal
  • Develop and implement a strategy for fostering and improving the lean and project management capabilities and behaviors of employees, managers and supervisors; this includes coaching, training and driving the tools and capabilities in place to get plant-wide results for management of projects and initiatives.
  • Provides multiple levels of training for all department team members: lean training, quality training, team building, cross training, etc., assisting each team member in growing individually in preparation for further advancement
  • Leads teams through formal kaizen processes with a focus on lean core tools
  • Trains individuals and teams on lean processes and tools
  • Facilitates individuals or teams through a formal problem solving methodology and develops a prioritizing system for problem solving initiatives
  • Facilitates interpretations of the budget and impacts of the counter-measures and verify savings accomplished and align them with target costing and divisional initiatives
  • Communicate Transparently, Lead the Team , Impact and Influence, Deliver Results, Coach and Develop, Lean Manufacturing / Toyota Production System

Basic Qualifications


Lean SME with proven track record of leading and implementing continuous improvement activity


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Operations or related field with 6-8 years of relevant experience or equivalent
Advanced understanding of lean systems and core tools.

*This position will have considerable travel to our Anniston, AL Production Facility as well as other operating facilities throughout the US. The best candidate for the position can be based out of our Huntsville, AL Program Office or the Anniston, AL Production Facility**


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