Division Performance Improvement Director


Key information

Continuous improvement
Support functions
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Garden grove, California, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
Bachelor's Degree
More than 8 years

Job description

Reporting to the Division EVP and the Cabin CI VP, the Director's objectives and missions are:

  • • Create the conditions for a sustainable performance improvement and insure its effective implementation
  • • Concerning the involved entity, the Director is responsible for:
1) conducing performance improvement in compliance with the strategy defined by the entity:
a. economic and operational performance in all its aspects
b. identify and consider all the non-performance drivers
2) insuring the appropriate management of the improvement and/or transformation projects
3) creating improvement conditions
4) using both Safran leverage and scale effects

The role is responsible for energizing the division and the sites using Lean Sigma and One Safran tools / methodology to positively impact Customer Satisfaction, Delivery & Quality performance, Ebit&Cash. Working closely with leadership at all levels to ensure CI efforts are driven throughout the organization through sharing of best practices.

Primary Activities

  • • To build the performance improvement plan:
1) be a generator of ideas and provide recommendations to the different sectors of the entity
2) identify and measure the opportunities of competitiveness improvement
3) identify the action leverages, risks and management issues of the associated change
4) prepare projects launch and make sure of their compliance with the corporate strategic objectives
5) support the operational management in the preparation and execution of their specific progress plans
  • • To cascade the objectives and coordinate the actions from the higher level entity including the ones set by Safran:
1) help setting the objectives cascaded with the performance improvement pilots in the entity
2) analyze the potential synergies and make it easier for the projects launch transverse to the entity
3) support the pilots and the projects coordinators of the organization
  • • To drive the improvement and transformation plan of the entity:
1) strengthen the projects portfolio of the entity
2) evaluate the evolution of the economic and operational performance executed in keeping with the established rules
3) adapt and guide the projects portfolio of the progress plan to do according to the results obtained
4) create the overview and the associated report, prepare and do the progress reviews with the corresponding entity manager
5) guarantee the respect of the rules applied for the project management
  • • To implement the methods, tools and states of mind to drive the performance improvement:
1) support the entity/processes leaders
2) lead and drive the progress and performance improvement network of the entity
3) deploy and maintain the level of control in terms of methods and tools: participative innovation, Lean Sigma, One Safran, etc.
4) drive the progress human resources management of the entity, built the human resources training plan, and have it complete
  • • Perform continuous benchmarking

Complementary description

Additional Duties:

  • • Make the customer' voice heard and understood everywhere in his Division Cabin
  • • Give confidence to customers and Authorities in our ability to satisfy in a sustainable manner their requirements by stimulating and accompanying constantly the improvement of our processes performance
  • • Guarantee performance and improve competitiveness via implementation or suitable tools, methods and behaviors
  • • Enforce quality for Customers
* Develop/improve Customer relation on Quality matters
  • - Set up the governance with the Division key customers in line with the Safran Cabin Quality EVP request
  • - Set up a governance with key Division customers
  • - Implement the QAP (Quality Assurance Plan) developed for Safran Cabin for Key Division Customers or Programs,
  • -Flow down customer requirements to suppliers and sites
*Customer quality performance monitoring
  • -Monitor quality customer performance
  • -Set up monthly and quarterly quality reviews with customers

Job requirements

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

  • • 10+ years of experience in the following areas: Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing, Supply Chain; Customer Services; Production; Quality; Engineering; Information Technology; Logistics or Planning.
  • • Knowledge of the group, its management system, processes and organizations
  • • Knowledge of an industrial entity processes and operations
  • • Knowledge of the leverage of change management in complex organizations
  • • Knowledge of the basics in terms of techno-economic management and performance management
Computer Skills:
  • • Proficiency in the use of common software packages including MS Office suite - Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, PowerPoint
Other Skills:
  • • Leadership, capacity to involve and confederate
  • • Capacity to drive and manage networks
  • • Capacity to operate in a pluri-disciplinary, inter-cultural and international environment
  • • Long term vision and capacity to promote breakthrough actions
  • • Capacity to understand business issues
  • • Capacity to understand leverages of performance improvement
  • • Capacity to do benchmarking
  • • Practical experiences of Safran tools and methods including Lean Sigma and the management of complex projects
  • • Being familiar with the organization practices of a progress plan
  • • Qualities in interpersonal relationship and in kindly challenging the organizations

Additional Preferred Skills: (not required)

  • • Master Black Belt or Black Belt certification from Safran

Description: Senior-level position within field

Specificity of the job

3. Traveling may be required.

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Safran to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Company information

Safran Cabin

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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