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Team Lead ICU- 3rd Shift

United States
Work Location:
North Carolina
31 Jan 2021
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

Safety; Supports GKN Policies and Practices:

- Ensure that Safety Issues are resolved and reported accordingly.

  • Ensures all safety issues are dealt with immediately and Incident / Investigation Reports are completed
  • Communicate and elevate any safety risk that is observed
  • Facilitate Maintenance repairs to reduce safety risks
  • Train and Mentor team members to follow safety behavior guidelines and practices


Quality:            Supports GKN Quality Goals:

- Ensure that GKN quality standards are followed by performing training and auditing

  • Assist team member in troubleshooting quality issues.
  • Train new associates on Job instructions adherence, gaging and Product Specifications in order to avoid producing non-conforming material.
  • Coordinate sorting and back flushing non-conforming material.
  • Contact on site / team facilitator of major non-conformances.
  • Supports implementation of corrective actions on all quality concerns
Key Responsibilities

Prior to shift start

- Lines/cells Inspection: This may require at least 30 min OT before the shift start.

  • Visually check cells for Safety Issues, 5S, Scrap, Equipment issues and communicates with prior shift associates.
  • Check Call-In Lines and other approved communication tools to verify any associate absences


    Pass-Down Meetings   

    -Participate and/or leads pass-down meetings prior to shift start.

  • Appropriately document any issues from previous 24 hours.
  • Identify shift priorities and resource constraints. Coordinate resources and daily plan other cell leaders.


    Start-Up Meetings        

    -Leads start-up meetings with Team and staffs department accordingly.

  • Verifies attendance of team and cell assignments – ensuring critical needs are met and productivity is optimized.
  • Informs teams of Plant Safety or Quality information, communicates business unit priorities.
  • Coordinates any planned downtime, parts shortages or changeovers.
  • Reviews production schedules and with Team
  • Collects and responds to team feedback or requirements.Notifies Facilitator if cannot resolve.


    Shift Point of Contact  

    - 1st point of contact with cell associates for daily decisions and information

  • Transfer labor hours in order to optimize productivity.Work within plant guidelines when sending people home.
  • Coordinates with Quality Department in order to support 1st piece and Lot approval acceptances.
  • Coordinates with Shipping & Receiving on parts shortages, parts required, status of urgent parts for shipments.
  • Coordinates PM’s / Projects scheduling to effectively utilize downtime.
  • Escalates and Calls on-site Shift Facilitator, Team Facilitator, as required y subject urgency
  • Coordinates with planner on schedule and overtime development


    End of Shift Review:    

    -Makes rounds of their lines/cells and reviews production results:

  • Notes any 5S, Lean Enablers, quality, production issues. Checks production sheets for accuracy and completion.
  • Reports & documents the status of line(s)/cell(s) and report any issues, ensuring good succesful start up of on coming shift.
  • Update informational boards within your team area as needed.
  • Causal / LTA reporting or data entry as required.



  • Manage resources and identify
  • Multi Tasking –Stay focused on Plant Priorities while handling numerous tasks within the team.
  • Uses active listening and coaching skills while communicating within the teams.
  • Resolves conflict among team members by using supportive behavior and language, and by giving negative feedback in a constructive manner.
  • Lead and participate in Continuous Improvement or problem solving activities.

Build team cohesiveness by helping to create a feeling of unity within the team.


People: Supports a working environment that:

  • Demonstrates core values
  • Sustains effective relationships within cell team as well as with other departments and cell teams
  • Leads and conducts employee meetings and communications as appropriate
  • Working closely with supervisor if disciplinary action is required and provides input to performance reviews.
  • Provides input and supports development of team members by careful listening


Qualifications / Experience / Skills

Skills and Required Training:

Minimum Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent. Additional education or coursework a plus.
  • 2 years high volume manufacturing experience, preferably at the specific GKN facility
  • Effective coaching/communication skills
  • Basic MFG Pro/Scheduling training
  • Lean Enabler Training
  • Basic PC skills including Microsoft Applications recommended
  • Support Team leader monthly meeting in order to continually develop the position and leadership skills




Cell Leader Competencies:



  • Create and build team atmosphere in which GKN goals are achieved
  • Understands and works to meet customer requirements
  • Understands Corporate Governance concepts.
  • Challenges obstacles to progress and elevates issues as appropriate.
  • Ability to multi task in order to accomplish tasks on a timely basis
  • Understands and participate in continuous improvement and problem solving activities
  • Participates in the development of team objectives.
  • Supports and leads cooperation across departments and shifts
  • Helps identify new ways of doing things in the interests of eliminating waste and improving efficiency.
  • Helps resolve conflict among individuals and teams.
  • Supply input and supports the use of the Performance Review and Development Process
  • Identify and facilitate the training needs within the team
  • Demonstrates respect for others and supports ideas and inputs from employees.
  • Analyzes situations and uses careful consideration before acting.
  • Demonstrates and supports behaviors in line with core values.
  • Gains the support and respect of team members while maintaining a positive relationship.
  • Communicates in an open, active manner – support 360 communication in a timely & consistent manner between shifts and departments.
  • Personally demonstrates behaviors in support of core values – lead by example
  • Provides input on project planning and overtime
  • Ability to act proactively and make decision independently
  • Understand and support enforcement of HR policies and practices
  • Knowledge sharing with team and peers
  • Understand and request the information required to perform role
  • Involved in hiring of team members and peers – may include interviewing skills




About Us

GKN Automotive is a global engineering and manufacturing company dedicated to delivering mass production solutions for mobility. 

We are the only major Tier One supplier completely focused on automotive driveline technologies. Our expertise makes us the ideal partner for conventional vehicles, all-wheel drive systems and electrification strategies. GKN Automotive puts your ideas in motion.

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.