The role of Director, Lean Strategy leads the analysis, development, and implementation of lean actions across the enterprise with the common goal of reducing cycle times, accelerating throughput, improving productivity, raising FPYs, reducing CoGS, and expanding gross margins. This role reports to the VP Quality, and interfaces cross-functionally across the enterprise; e.g. General Managers, Program Managers, Support functions, and Engineering, Quality, and Supply Chain personnel. Additional short-duration but business-impactful strategic assignments may be required.
Working with GMs, PMs, et al, proactively analyze CoGS for variances to budgets/standard work
Apply pareto and other analytical approaches to define targets of lean opportunity.Develop a slate of targets/effects
Facilitate lean assessments with process SMEs and stakeholders using SIPOC, VSM, DMAIC, etc. methods
From the data, identify the specific processes for intense lean focus
Dissect targeted processes at a usefully detailed level focusing on FPYs, cycle times, queues, wastes, net costs, etc.
With the process owners and stakeholders, design improved processes using process mapping and other analytic techniques
Develop implementation plans including NRE, RE, ROI, NPV, etc., prepare and brief proposals, and gain mgmt. approvals
Develop control plans and as may be required any performance metrics to gage effectiveness
With the process owners and stakeholders, Implement approved lean action project plans
Independently gage effects, and provide regular updates on progress, issues, needs, plans, effects
Confirm effectiveness of implemented actions via financial reporting; e.g. CoGS, gross margins, %PPV, EAC, etc.
Confirm efficiencies via FPYs, CoPQs, touch vs queue times, etc.
BS engineering; MBA preferred
Lean Six Sigma experience; Blackbelt preferred
Management consulting experience focused upon lean strategies and actions preferred
Outstanding communication skills both written and oral are required
Minitab or similar statistical analysis computer tools preferred
MS Office suite of products required e.g. Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Visio
Familiarity with financial reporting, interpretation, and analyses
Familiarity with ERP systems; SAP preferred
Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer