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Senior Director of Continuous Improvement

Company: Cobham
Location: Arlington
Posted on: January 7, 2021

Job Description:


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.

Are you searching for a career with a company that offers challenging, diverse projects and opportunities? Are you looking for a position with a company that is growing and able to offer long-term professional advancement? Searching for a company that values a friendly work environment and that values YOU? Consider CAES. #peoplefocusedmissiondriven #everymissionmatters

A career with CAES is more than just a job, it is the pathway to a bright future.

Drive Corporate continuous improvement through the Standard Operating Framework and a Best Practice process. Embed a Continuous Improvement culture through CAES through Lean and Six Sigma tools and training. Architect for the overall CAES CI Initiative.


Understand strategic plan deployment and current state and desired future state KPI's for the business and work with CAES & BU leadership to formulate improvement plans to close the gaps
Establish project charters for performance enhancing improvement projects
Drive the agreed improvements through a series of tactical implementation plans
Maintain a high level of competence among the BU resources to facilitate and deploy all elements of Standard Operating Frameworks that support improvements and problem solving (via training...)
Support cross-CAES CI initiatives and CI audit and accreditation process
Actively participate with the CAES CI community
Utilize A&A process to focus CI activities
Core CAES leadership competencies apply: Excellent understanding of CAES CI tools
Objective and fact based and impartial
Critical thinker-can challenge assumptions
Excellent program management skills, highly organized
Excellent teaming skills
Good motivator, can inspire people
Can connect issues and topics across functions
Understands and is sensitive to cultural issues
Effective influencer across all levels of the organization
Effective facilitator
Excellent passive & active communications skills


Bachelor's Degree in business, engineering or a related discipline
12 years or more experience in operations management, with at least five years spent in roles leading and driving Continuous Improvement
Lean Certification
Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt
Able to influence and solicit buy in from wide range of Site stakeholders
Able to train, mentor, and coach individuals on tool use and CI objective
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must have strong personal leadership skills.
Must have strong networking and relationship building skills.
The ability to translate data into impactful information and strategies into executable action plans is required.
The ability to collaborate with all levels of management and influence decision-making in a global, matrix environment is required.Understand strategic plan deployment and current state and desired future state KPI's for the business and work with CAES & BU leadership to formulate improvement plans to close the gaps

Advanced degree (Master's, MBA)
CI experience across all disciplines

Employment Transparency :

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

The EEO is the Law poster is available here and the poster supplement is available here .
The Pay Transparency Policy is available here .

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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