Lean Leader, Durham Engine Facility

General Electric Durham , NC 27701

Posted 4 weeks ago

Role Summary:

The Durham Lean Leader will be responsible for leading the Lean strategy across the site. You will partner with the Plant Leader & Lean Specialist and collaborate with technician teams, workstation owners and councils to advance our Lean culture and GE Aviation Performance System (GEAPS) practice by ensuring the principles of Lean are applied. You will bring technical expertise within Lean manufacturing, and have a comprehensive knowledge of underlying principles, approaches and methodology.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and direction to cross-functional teams empowered to execute the Continuous Improvement strategy

  • Support the site in identifying and implementing process improvements by utilizing continuous improvement tools including:

  • 5S

  • Kaizen Events

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Cause and Effect Analysis

  • Process Controls

  • Visual Controls

  • Flow Production

  • Variation Reduction

  • and Waste Elimination

  • Deliver breakthrough levels of improvement in process capability and business processes to reduce defects and attain world-class levels of quality through completion of a training program on Lean Six Sigma philosophy, theory, and application tools / tactics

  • Work with workstation owners to optimize workstation process, planning and flow using lean flow principles

  • Partner with teams to identify potential process improvement projects

  • Work with teams in developing and executing Lean projects to reduce cycle time, inventory, and waste to improve process quality, increase throughput

  • Facilitate, train, and coach team members in the use of Lean Six Sigma tools

  • Facilitate cross-functional project teams

  • Communicate solutions across the site and across the supply chain as relevant

  • Constantly seek, share and implement best practices


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college (Or a High School Diploma / GED with and minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in a manufacturing role)

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Process Improvement in manufacturing / quality improvement or production support position (Including at least 2 years hands-on experience in Lean deployment and driving changes in production shop floor through strategic projects)

Desired Characteristics:

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification

  • Proficient in Kaizen activity, policy deployment, and Lean toolset

  • Demonstrated commitment for process improvement and strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to document, plan, and execute programs

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects through effective influencing skills

  • Strong ability to partner with production teams to implement Lean methodologies, tools, and practices including visual controls, standard work, policy deployment and Continuous Improvement

The GE Aviation plant in Durham, North Carolina is the home of final assembly for the GE90, CF6-80C2, and CF34-8 engine lines. Formerly, a GE turbine manufacturing facility, the site was re-opened in May 1992 by GE Aviation for assembly of the GE90. The scope of work to be completed at the facility broadened when Aircraft Engines announced in 1993 that Durham would assemble the CF6-80C2. The growth of the facility continued when in October 1997, it was announced that assembly of CF34-8C1 would be at Durham, with production beginning in 2000. The development of this new 14,000 lb. thrust engine represented GE's most recent regional airline engine program and increased GE's scope to include 70 passenger aircraft. Come see why we love Durham!

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About Us:

At GE Aviation, we are imagination at work. Whether we're manufacturing components for our GEnx engines or driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into advances in aviation that solve some of the world's toughest problems. Join us and you'll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in

research and development keeps us moving forward and looking ahead. At GE, developing people is embedded in our culture and integral to our growth. Here you'll work collaboratively and across functions with the highest caliber talent, utilizing cutting-edge technology and processes. Whether it's the next generation of ecomagination products or the future of aircraft engines, we've got the state-of-the-art resources to make those innovations a reality. If you're

passionate about aviation and looking for a career rich with challenges and unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement, then join GE in reengineering the sky through aviation innovations that will impact the globe for generations to come. Learn More about GE


GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Additional Eligibility


GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable). This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Locations:

United States;North Carolina;Durham;

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Lean Leader, Durham Engine Facility

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