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Value Stream Manager

United States
Work Location:
North Carolina
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

What you’ll do

Job Purpose

The Value Stream Manager is responsible for leading all manufacturing activities within the value stream in accordance with lean methodology and GKN Core Values 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.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Environment, Health, and Safety

  • Key Performance Indicators: Lost Time Accidents (LTA), Recordable Incidents (RIR)
  • 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 (EHS) violations and closure of the subsequent Corrective Action Plans (CAP’s) by using the appropriate Practical Problem Solving (PPS) tools and techniques.



  • Key Performance Indicators: Customer Concerns, Scrap, Not Right First Time (NRFT)
  • 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 customer protection is in place and that countermeasures are completed in a timely manner.



  • Key Performance Indicators: Inventory Management and Delivery Schedule Achievement (DSA)
  • Accountable for overall capacity requirements communications and planning for people, machine and support functions within the value stream support organizations 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. 



  • Key Performance Indicators: OEE, Productivity (PP1), Return on Sales (ROS)
  • Accountable for the Value Stream budget, possessing sufficient knowledge of local operations to understand changes in performance and implement immediate countermeasures.
  • Champion the definition of requirements and communicate the need for capital expenditures for the value stream, escalate out of control conditions, and implement recovery plans.
  • Provide input to Finance for budget development.



  • Accountable for all communication with Value Stream Leaders, Team Leaders, value stream support staff, and relevant operations personnel.
  • Support Value Stream Leaders and 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.
  • Lead and sponsor 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
  • Support and monitor the development of all employees in value streams and support functions via Personal Development Plans (PDPs), reviews and feedback
  • Coach and manage the Value Stream Leaders, Team Leaders, and direct reports through their Personal Development Review (PDR) and Personal Development Plans (PDP) to improve Value Stream performance.
  • Promote and develop EI activities and ensure effective shift start up meetings around PVDs (Primary Visual Displays) and allocate time for Value Stream Leaders to lead weekly/monthly EI activities



About you


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, or related field
  • 5years of operations experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 5 years of supervisory experience in a people leadership role
  • Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience in a LEAN, automotive environment.
  • Experience with automotive manufacturing using in QS 9000 or ISO/TS 16949
  • Excellent people leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
About Us

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 Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

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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