Continuous Improvement Manager

United States of America
Continuous Improvement
Full Time
December 1 2020



With more than 150 operations and about 22,000 employees worldwide, Precision Castparts Corp. is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, we are the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. We also manufacture extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials for the casting and forging industries. With such critical applications, we insist on quality and dependability – not just in the materials and products we make, but in the people we recruit.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, this over 10 billion dollar company employs more than 29,500 people worldwide.  PCC has over 160 plants and has a presence in twenty-six states in the US and in over a dozen countries. PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers and shareholders while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

Effective early February 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffett, acquired Precision Castparts Corp.

Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) is one of the world's largest fully integrated titanium producers. Since 1950, TIMET has been leading the industry in mill and melted products, supplying nearly one-fifth of the world's titanium. We convert rutile ore into sponge; melt and refine ingot and slab; and manufacture mill products. TIMET has a global network of service centers supported by its seven primary melting or mill facilities in Henderson, Nevada; Toronto, Ohio; Morgantown, Pennsylvania; Witton, England; Waunarlwydd, Wales; and Ugine, France. With products ranging from sophisticated high temperature alloys used in jet engines, to advanced corrosion resistant alloys used in the chemical industry, TIMET's reach spans the breadth of the titanium applications, and has the technical depth to support developments across a wide range of applications. TIMET's fully integrated supply chain, dedicated research facilities, and decades of experience make us the partner of choice for titanium.
Leveraging advanced electron beam (EB) melting and vacuum arc remelting (VAR), we turn titanium scrap into melted products or intermediate feedstock for both our internal mill production processes and our valued customers around the world. TIMET's toll melting programs provide customers yet another cost-effective outlet for the scrap they generate. Our customers benefit from exclusive, closed-loop agreements to ensure their raw material scrap flows back into their products to further minimize costs. Our advanced electron beam technology allows most forms of scrap to be remelted while ensuring defect free material to be shipped right back into your supply chain.


Lead, facilitate, and execute continuous improvement projects using a variety of Continuous Improvement Skills including Six Sigma, SPC, Lean Manufacturing, (5S/Visual Factory, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen Events) and FMEA. Projects require a cost justification; project plans and timely focused project execution resulting in measurable, sustained business improvements. Provides overall management of the Product Engineering group. Product Engineering provides technical direction for TIMET Toronto manufactured products. This shall include monitoring yield and cost data and providing process route continuous improvement services to the three manufacturing departments within Toronto

Plan and Lead Process Engineering and Continuous Improvement initiatives throughout the plant.

Lead Plant Steering Team in their Continuous Improvement Deployment

Plan and Lead Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing initiatives, FMEA teams, Kaizan teams, events, initiatives and workshops

Develop Methods and Processes to improve all plant operations

Prepare or take a leadership position on cost studies and justifications for all proposed changes or additions to production  

Assist with the MOC & SOP Processes

Support other TIMET Black Belts on Improvement Projects as required.

Work with Customers on Continuous Improvement Initiatives as required.

Coordinate and Lead Inter-Plant Lean Audits

Coordinate SPC activities throughout the plant.

Work with the management team and plant manager to identify Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the processes.

Be a resource and/or train plant personnel in the Continuous Improvements methodologies.

Work with Finance to track projects.

Conduct Laboratory and / or Pilot Plant Testing as needed to provide data for design and costs purposes

Work Directly with Production and Maintenance Personnel to Control Production Process Systems

Develop cost justifications for improvement projects and corrective actions

Be a resource for the Plant Information System team.

Determine and install appropriate performance metrics that will promote long-term continuous improvement programs consistent with the operating objectives of the plant.

Provide support for problem resolution to facilitate faster improvements and improved working relationships.

Develop and suggest strategies for Toronto manufactured products to the three manufacturing departments, including developing and defining the process, sourcing of outside processing where applicable. Manufacturing strategies shall conform to customer specifications, and where a change to a specific process route is necessary, oversee that process approval change

Drives process changes for new product development as well as refinement of existing process to drive material cost savings.

Responsible for providing technical support to Product Chief Metallurgists as required.

Manage process engineering efforts to support Continuous Improvement and First Time Pass problem solving initiatives through collaborative efforts with host facilities and teams.

Reviews current and future business requirements with the General Manager and seeks to continuously improve the capabilities and capacities.

Manages the technical relationships with the relevant suppliers, ensuring that improved operating practices are implemented.

Works closely with Chief and Product Metallurgist to determine new or developing product requirements, which may include the identification of external sources for supplemental services, and develops Standard Operating Procedures to control same.

Coordinates transfer of developing technologies from laboratory to manufacturing processes.

Assist Business Manager and Material Movement Manager with the technical aspects of conversion contracts in support of the Toronto Manufacturing facility

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (technical degree preferred)

Technical skills in Lean Manufacturing/Enterprise techniques and Six Sigma (Black Belt certification required)

General business exposure and proficient in PC applications (PowerPoint, Excel, Minitab, Database)

5 – 7 years of continuous improvement/operations/management/engineering experience

Titanium experience would be very helpful (desired – not required)

Be independent minded team facilitator working with cross   functional teams.

Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific   and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.

Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints.

Possess expertise, knowledge and training in both   mechanical engineering and metallurgical principles.

Ability to provide strong leadership to product   engineering, and be a strong supporter of Senior Staff Level peers..



Must be a self-motivated leader who can manage and complete a wide array of projects on time and gain results through others. A strong understanding of the business needs are required such that timely completion of each project is achieved.

Can facilitate teamwork across different facilities and implement the desired outcome from the team.

Understands purchasing concepts (where outside processing services are required) and cost concepts as how they relate to total company performance.

Must have understanding of equipment functionality and expected outcome to lead various projects.

Must possess the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.

Must be proficient user of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Projects and working knowledge of SAP and other project management type software systems Knowledge of company and departmental policies and procedures

Supply Chain Management experience.

Ability to communicate effectively with employees and management.

Local and international travel required.


Full Relocation is authorized for this position.