Manager, Continuous Improvement

CIRCOR International, Inc
Corona, California
Apr 11, 2024
Apr 28, 2024
Position Type
Manager / Leader
Full Time
Organization Type
Manager CI




DIRECT REPORTING: Sr. Dir. Site Leader

FUNCTIONAL REPORTING: Corporate CI organization

About CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense

CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense is focused on the design, development, and manufacture of specialty fluid and motion control products for demanding aerospace and defense applications. CIRCOR products are flying on most commercial and military aircraft, including single and twin aisle air transport, business and regional jets, military transports and fighters, and commercial and military rotorcraft. Other markets include unmanned aircraft, shipboard applications, and military ground vehicles.

Business units are in Corona, California; Warren, Massachusetts; Hauppauge, New York; Paris, France; Uxbridge, UK; and Tangier, Morocco. Parent company CIRCOR International is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts and CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense is headquartered in Corona, California.


Position Summary

The Manager, Continuous Improvement is responsible for the planning and execution of site improvement projects (Lean & Six-Sigma) to fulfill the strategic objectives. Must have a comprehensive understanding of the Risk Assessment process. This leader will support the site by leading the Business Unit's continuous improvement through the planning and implementation of Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies. Partners with site & group leadership to lead the transformation to a culture of operational excellence, and continuous improvement. Delivers practical, hands-on training to associates on Lean manufacturing, and tools to eliminate waste in all administrative, manufacturing and support functions. Measures and reports progress for group level activities on an on-going basis.

Principal Activities
  • Lead and Program Manage site's COS program to achieve business goals.
  • Fully committed and engaged with COS activities.
  • Responsible for regular COS assessments of facility, identifying gaps, developing solution recommendations & approvals, and creating & management of a RAIL.
  • Regularly communicate COS progress to both executive & senior leadership and associates.
  • Continuously monitor and validate appropriate COS competency exists within the site.
  • Regularly support & facilitate independent COS site assessments at other sites as required.
  • Lead the training and implementation of problem-solving methodologies, tools, and critical thinking.
  • Facilitate and drive the use and compliance of problem solving in all administrative, manufacturing and support functions.
  • Align metrics to establish targets.
  • Translate organization strategy/direction into actions & objectives.
  • Regularly support and conduct Enterprise and Manufacturing Kaizen events at Corona and other sites when requested.
  • Mentor CI Managers at other sites when requested.


Knowledge Skills & Abilities
  • Strong leadership ability and presence while working in a team matrix organization.
  • Positive and upbeat personality focused on driving forward even in the face of challenges.
  • Action and hands-on orientated focus on driving improvement and solving root cause problems in CI.
  • High ethical standards. Models and supports organization's goals and values; adapts to changing conditions; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.
  • Excellent communication skills to lead and support empowered employees within a matrix structure.
  • Strong project and budget management skills to implement business unit plans and monitor performance to plan. Ability to prioritize, balance, and manage multiple efforts with strong results/goal orientation.
  • Strong analytical skills and solution-driven thinking. Able to use large amounts of data to make strategic decisions. Passion for data, analysis, trends, reporting and technology. Presents numerical data effectively.
  • Demonstrated lean manufacturing and improvement strategy development and implementation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across mediums, audiences, and situations. Includes internal and external audiences, and higher and lower company positions. Includes training and instruction.
  • Expert knowledge of Excel, and strong knowledge of Word, Power Point, Project, and other applicable tools

Education & Experience
  • An undergraduate degree in Engineering, technology or science related areas required or equivalent years of experience. Certified lean required and Six Sigma green belt (or better) preferred with demonstrated project success.
  • 5+ years of progressive materials, manufacturing, and operations team leadership experience. Must have successfully led multiple Kaizen events within a manufacturing environment. Understanding and knowledge of industrial safety and the environment in a working environment. Good understanding of financial measurements and goals

CIRCOR is an EEO Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities