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Improvement Project Lead

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Cabin provides all elements of a seamlessly integrated Cabin Interior. From the overhead bins, lavatories and galleys to crew rests and cargo containers, either as independent world class products or as a fully integrated cabin. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach in Southern California, USA and operates 30 sites in 11 countries. The over 13.000 employees across the globe serve virtually all the airlines, aircraft leasing companies and airframe manufacturers worldwide.  

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Main domain/Job field

Support functions - Continuous improvement

Job title

Improvement Project Lead

Employment type

Regular Full time

Professional category

Professional, Engineer & Manager

Part time / Full time


Job description

Reporting to the Site Performance Improvement Manager, the objectives and missions are:

 At the request of a sponsor, the improvement project leads projects contributing to enhance the performance of a process or an activity  He/She creates the conditions to promote the improvement, innovation and related tools and organize best practices sharing

Additional description

MAIN ACTIVITIES  To set boundaries to the project with the help of the sponsor  To implement the structure of the project management (especially the decision-making body «Steering Committee»)  To identify the needs in resources and negotiate their provision with the sponsor  To implement ambitious improvement projects using methods such as Lean Sigma  To drive the project in incorporating its change management  To support and lead other projects pilots. They supervise projects led by GB (or BB if MBB) and develop their skills  To involve the projects shareholders  To share feedbacks with other project pilots

Candidate skills & requirements

Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Business/Operations

Experience:  10+ years of experience in the following areas: Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing, Supply Chain; Customer Services; Production; Quality; Engineering; Information Technology; Logistics or Planning.

Knowledge  Knowledge of the company, Group, management system, processes and organizations  Knowledge of the project management and risks management  Knowledge of the leverages of changes in complex organizations  Knowledge of the basics in terms of techno-economic management and performance management  Knowledge of the Lean Sigma tools and methods

Computer Skills:  Proficiency in the use of common software packages including MS Office suite - Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint

Other Skills:  Leadership  Capacity to negotiate  Capacity to delegate  Capacity to solve difficult problems in complex situations  Experience of the functional and transverse management of multidisciplinary teams  Capacity to work in a multicultural and international environment
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 Ability to conduct changes  Practical experiences of Safran tools and methods including Lean Sigma and the management of complex projects  Capacity to identify the leverages of performance improvement  Capacity to involve and confederate  Great organization and personal structuring  Great coordinator  Qualities in interpersonal relationships and capacity to kindly challenge the organizations

Additional Preferred Skills: (not required)  Master Black Belt or Black Belt certification from Safran

Description: Senior-level position within field

Job location

Job location

North America, United States, California

City (-ies)

Santa Maria

Applicant criteria

Minimum education level achieved

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum experience level required

More than 8 years