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Value Stream Manager - Tallassee, AL

United States
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About the opportunity

Responsible for developing and managing product and information flow within the value stream in accordance with lean methodology to achieve value stream KPI’s. This role requires strong people leadership and resource management skills to deliver against performance objectives focused on continuous improvement and people development within the value stream.

What you’ll do

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for all operational results (Safety, Quality, Cost, Cash, Delivery) across the value stream defined from raw material reception through finished goods shipment
  • Accountable for reporting and delivering to all KPI’s which drive the operation to continuously improve, ensuring the Operations Group Leaders (OGL) maintain all key KPI data & visual management boards
  • Define and deliver Continuous Improvement Plans for the value stream from future state maps. Prioritize and task manage value stream support team to perform against KPI’s and budget.
  • Accountable for contact between the value stream and all external stakeholders in the production process (shared resource manager, sub-contractors, external logistics personnel) in terms of delivery performance, quality issues, and flow between the facilities. 
  •  Through the Team Leaders, ensure that all employees are fully conversant and compliant with the Company’s Health and Safety policies. Ensure that all relevant Health and Safety legislation is effectively implemented and managed.
  •  Support Team Leader in all business aspects.

Key Responsibilities:

Environment, Health, and Safety

Accountable for implementation and sustainment of the company’s Health and Safety procedures for all personnel in the Value Stream.

  • Accountable for all relevant Value Stream Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) violations and closure of the subsequent Corrective Action Plans (CAP’s) by using the appropriate Practical Problem Solving (PPS) tools and techniques.
  • Ensure risk assessments are updated and maintained as required including process change, engineering change, new machinery, etc. 


  • Fully accountable for all aspects of quality from raw material reception through to finished product shipment
  • Create and champion improvement plans of all manufacturing processes to enable right first time performance.
  • Ensure effective problem resolution using relevant data as required. 
  • Ensure customer protection is in place and that countermeasures are completed in a timely manner.
  • Accountable for demonstrating awareness and application of relevant company procedures including conformity to 7 Zeros and any other relevant certification processes.
  • Accountable for NCR closure within the agreed timescales. 


  • Accountable for achieving on time delivery to all external and internal customers
  • Accountable for overall capacity planning of people, machine and support functions within the value stream to ensure continuous flow through the value stream.
  • Accountable for defining and implementing flow systems, in line with the Future State Value Stream Map, to meet customers’ requirements.
  • Work with suppliers, procurement, and shared resources as required.
  • Accountable for a business continuity plan for the value stream.


  • Accountable for the Value Stream budget.  Possessing sufficient knowledge of local operations to understand changes in performance and implement immediate countermeasures.
  • Champion capital expenditures for value stream, escalate out of control conditions, and implement recovery plan as needed.
  • Provide input to Finance and Operations Director for budget creation. 


  • Accountable for all communication with Team Leaders, value stream support staff, and relevant operations personnel.
  • Support Team Leaders in acting as a Key Communicator. Communicate consistently and effectively to all employee representatives, external suppliers, management team and customers as appropriate. Provide appropriate feedback on a regular and as-needed basis.
  • Actively resolve issues using standard model of leadership behavior: setting expectations, coaching, recognition, constructive feedback, and escalation where appropriate.
  • Leading and sponsoring improvement activities using lean methodology, tools, and techniques. Ensure that all team members have equal opportunity to contribute to improvement and identify training needs within the team.
  • Ensure and enhance a people focused environment.
  • Manage employee relations on a day-to-day basis, working within GKN procedures and ensure effective interfaces with employees’ representatives.
  • Support and monitor the development of all employees in value streams and support functions via Personal Development Plans (PDPs), reviews and feedback
  • Ensure Team Leaders review current skills against predictive requirements and support the development and maintenance of skills matrix accordingly.
  • Coach and manage the Team Leaders and direct reports through their Personal Development Review (PDR) and Personal Development Plans (PDP) to improve Value Stream performance.
  • Promote and deliver Employee Involvement (EI) through behavioral leadership.
  • Promote and develop EI activities and ensure effective shift start up meetings around PVDs (Primary Visual Displays) and allocate time for Operations Leaders to lead weekly/monthly EI activities.




About you
Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or related field & 5+ years' experience managing a product line/value stream/department in a high volume manufacturing environment OR Associate Degree in Engineering, Business Admin or related field & 7 years' experience managing a product line/value stream/department in a high volume manufacturing environment OR High school diploma/equivalent and 10 years' experience managing a product line/value stream/department in a high volume manufacturing environment.
  • Project management, business process redesigns, and benchmarking required.
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aerospace industry experience strongly preferred.
  • Lean training, Green Belt or Black Belt Certification strongly preferred.
  • Workplace safety, team building and financial awareness.
  • Effective planning and training; decision-making and working effectively in a high pressure environment.
  • Ability to anticipate customer needs and ensure that they are met
  • Prior experience as a leader within a manufacturing area and with implementing productivity tools is preferred
  • Demonstrated people management success including hiring and performance management as well as maintaining high levels of engagement among the technical staff
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under tight deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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