Continuous Improvement Engineer

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Cobham Mission Systems
March 22, 2021
Davenport, IA
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Cobham Mission Systems in Davenport, Iowa is seeking a Continuous Improvement Engineer to work as part of dynamic development team to advance plant-wide Continuous Improvement objectives at our Davenport, Iowa facility. The successful candidate will serve as a change agent and assist management by studying and sharing best practices with other teams and by leading teams and projects using a variety of Continuous Improvement and Lean methodologies.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize advanced Continuous Improvement methodologies in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, & Root Cause Analysis, along with basic tools, such as, A3 reporting, 5 Why analysis, 5S, etc.
  • Develop Continuous Improvement toolkit and operating fundamentals.
  • Drive Kaizen events and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Improve customer satisfaction by helping the division reduce cost and lead-time while improving quality and service.
  • Work closely with Quality teams to identify adverse trends and systemic issues in order to ensure accurate root-cause analyses and to determine areas of culpability. Develop actions to focus programs on these areas to drive measurable improvement.
  • Work closely with Quality teams to ensure an appropriate level of assistance is provided in creating or modifying procedures, work instructions, and templates to institutionalize Corrective and Preventive Actions.
  • Work closely with Training resources to train and motivate associates in the use and implementation of Continuous Improvement principles.
  • Advance program through necessary evolution to drive a true Continuous Improvement culture and engrain associated behaviors in the organization.
  • Reduce waste and drive best practices across the organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or related technical degree
  • 2+ years’ experience in Continuous Improvement efforts using Lean process methods and tools, across multiple functions of the business
  • 2+ years in a lean manufacturing environment
  • 2+ years participating in Continuous Improvement projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • 1+ years’ experience leading Continuous Improvement efforts using Six-Sigma process methods and tools, across multiple functions of the business.
  • Successful project management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to relate to diverse teams and functions.
  • Demonstrated effective and professional presentation techniques and skills.
  • Strong leadership, team building, and motivation skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, and to take a proactive and aggressive goal-setting approach in developing a Lean culture.
  • Comfortable working with multiple departments.

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