Lean Manufacturing Graduate

Job Description

Lean Manufacturing Graduate – Aerospace, Defence


Salary:  £25,000 to £40,000 depending on level of experience plus excellent benefits including pension, gym membership, 26 days holiday, medical, dental and many others.

Location:  Southampton, Hampshire


Our client is a highly successful international company and a leading supplier of major civil & military aircraft structures & systems. They offer excellent career progression with continual training and mentoring.


Our client is happy to look at a more junior candidate for this role (i.e. a recent graduate) as long as you can demonstrate the use of lean techniques.


Role Summary – Lean Manufacturing Graduate:

The Lean Manufacturing Specialist will lead projects, train and coach members of the organization in the use of Lean tools and will play a key supporting role in larger programmes – tackling issues that may require swift problem solving or re-occurring challenges that require in-depth analysis and the implementation of a range of effective and sustainable countermeasures to effect short-term and some long-term business goals.


Essential Responsibilities Lean Manufacturing Graduate:

  • Work with appropriate teams & individuals to understand process-based opportunities & issues and implement / facilitate appropriate improvement changes
  • Encourage the use of Lean tools to reduce process waste
  • Coach teams and share best practices in the use of Lean tools
  • Lead training activities in the use of Lean tools
  • Manage project teams ensuring motivation and momentum, and be responsible for the successful delivery of the project
  • Develop standard processes & procedures to enable individuals to make changes without hands on support               
  • Understand and liaise with customers to support both internal and external customer needs
  • Conduct cost/benefit analysis for changes to processes and/or equipment
  • Utilise lean-manufacturing principles and participate/lead in action workouts to improve process capability, improve quality, reduce overall costs and increase capacity


Qualifications /Experience required for role of Lean Manufacturing Specialist:

  • Minimum of 2 years related Lean/Continuous Improvement (CI)I experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of Value Stream Mapping, 5S, TPM, SMED, Kaizen and other lean tools
  • Six Sigma training is preferred but not essential
  • Project management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Engineering background in Manufacturing/Mechanical/Aerospace is preferred
  • Positive approach to challenging situations
  • Ability to motivate teams and lead change at all levels of the organization
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, including stakeholder management
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments/priorities and achieve results
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Highly effective problem-solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Prepared to travel within the UK and overseas to meet the customer and/or our suppliers (occasional)


Keywords:  Lean, Continuous Improvement, CI, 5S, TPM, SMED, Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, Mechanical, Aerospace, Military, Defence, Lean Tools, Lean Specialist 


Lean Manufacturing Graduate – Aerospace, Defence