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We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a technologically advanced electronics company employing more than 3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide. We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.
Cobham is seeking
a Director, Continuous Improvement (CI) in Lansdale, PA. Reports directly to
the Electronic Warfare and Integrated Solutions Business Area Vice President
and General Manager of the Cobham Lansdale business and is a member of the
leadership team, executing the business strategy, developing strong customer
relationships and driving operational excellence.
- Responsible for identifying
Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives through the disciplined use of
measurements, accountability, analysis, and standardization in order to
improve business process maturity.
- Identify and improve process
maturity and process capability across the business. This will include key
functional and administrative processes that could benefit from the
application of CI methodologies.
- Plan, manage and mentors the
activities of stakeholders who are involved in a particular initiative by
bringing expertise (or identifying subject matter experts) in support of
multi-functional efforts focused on: process improvement; data capture and
analysis; infrastructure; tools / systems / methods; ownership; and
compliance with procedures / instructions / processes. Focused on the BA’s
critical business processes, leveraging value adding activities and
removing waste from the environment.
- Advise business groups by
providing strategic direction to initiative prioritization, integration
and resource application, thereby ensuring that CI efforts are coordinated
and align with the business and Cobham strategic objectives.
- Directly manage site-based
Continuous Improvement Team and programs, fostering continuous growth and
performance improvement, by identifying and leading Continuous Improvement
- The efforts of the Lead and the
CI function will be to achieve cost reductions, working capital
improvements, cycle time reductions and quality improvements, influencing
company growth by increasing market opportunities, and ensuring capabilities
and performance meet or exceed industry and customer requirements. This
will be accomplished by active performance management and analysis of
established Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for all business functions.
- Direct the efforts of, or
personally lead, Root Cause Corrective Actions (RCCA), Kaizen events and
or A3 projects through a disciplined process resulting in improvement to
- Collaborate closely with Site
Leadership team and the CAES CI Director to implement goals that align
with strategy and effectively utilize the company’s formal
Management process, translating strategic goals into individual measurable
goals. These goals will need to be coordinated cross-locations, leveraging
best practices and lessons learned.
- Partner with established
corporate project teams to ensure effective execution of Business
initiatives, with active participation expected. Teaming with relevant
functions can be expected to have direct effect on on-time delivery of
products so to meet cost, schedule and performance goals.
- Approaches can include: Lean
manufacturing techniques; Single Piece Flow, 5S, standardized workvalue
stream mapping, KANBAN, pull systems, etc. And will require coordinating
the consistent implementation of Lean Six Sigma across Cobham.
- Fosters and nurtures continuous
improvement tools and techniques by leveraging internal talent, building
bench strength with a robust training program and enabling practical
application of knowledge base.
- Managing human resources: Having
the right people in the right roles, Insuring performance management is
practiced effectively by their teams, Insure that staffing and development
plans support succession plans and protects against impacts of turnover
- Managing capital assets: Insuring
that capital supports required capacity, Build, direct and retain a team
responsible for the assuring the quality, manufacturability of components
and subsystems for the Defense market
- Managing financial assets:
Develop budget, Establish controls to insure budget compliance, Support
new product bid and proposal efforts for the sites
Degree in business or a technical field
- 10-12 years of experience with LEAN, Six Sigma and expertise in Lean Six Sigma methodologies
as described under the responsibilities
- 10-12 years of people leadership experience
- 5+ years of experience leading and managing continuous improvement teams in an
operational environment. Experience necessary in leading CI in both
administrative and manufacturing environments.
- Fluency in
CI methodologies, especially strong practical Lean deployment experience
- Ability to
produce evidence of successful results from prior CI work experience
Citizenship required for eligibility to obtain/maintain a security
- Excellent written and verbal
communication skills and proven analytical skills
- Strong leadership skills with
experience presenting to and interacting with senior and executive
- Strong interpersonal skills with
the ability to influence, communicate, motivate and persuade; leading
multi-functional teams in problem solving
- Goal oriented with the ability to
balance tasks and team/individual needs to achieve the right outcomes
- Proven leader and utilizes
coaching style that has effectively built high performance teams
- Active DoD Secret level Clearance preferred
- An authentic and believable
leader who communicates with conviction and humility and is able to
engender trust throughout the organization.
- A natural communicator and
influencer, using such strengths in often difficult and complex
- Strong emotional intelligence.
- Enthusiasm for building
- An approachable, hands-on and
“roll up the sleeves” management style with attention to detail.
Keen business judgement with the ability to provide fresh, proactive
- A willingness to be out among the
employees and the customers listening to their ideas and concerns while
gaining their trust and support.
- A communication style which
- An entrepreneurial orientation,
yet with the skills and savvy to work within the existing company culture
and help to evolve into the desired culture.
- Flexibility and problem-solving
- High energy level and strong
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!
If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply. We are unable to sponsor work visas. U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.
Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.
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