Crane Aerospace & Electronics Operational Excellence Manager in Lynnwood, Washington

Operational Excellence Manager

Location WA, Lynnwood

Department CBS

Employment Type Full Time

Crane Aerospace & Electronics is seeking a Continuous Improvement / Operational Excellence Manager in Lynnwood, WA.

Are you ready for a challenging career change? Do you want to be a part of the team that creates a company’s strategic plan and watch it unfold? Do you pay close attention to detail? Do you have exceptional leadership skills? Do you strive to move up in your career? If so, please read on!

As Continuous Improvement / Operational Excellence Manager, a.k.a. Crane Business System Manager (CBS), you will facilitate the establishment of Operations Excellence principles throughout the organization. This includes coaching and mentoring to ensure timely completion of quality and/or cost focused projects. You will apply operational improvement tools to identify key problem drivers/root causes to achieve business process improvements. The CBS Manager acts as an in-house consultant, working closely with management and all other areas of the organization to attain goals aligned with Crane’s Strategic Deployment Plan. As CBS Manager you will coordinate kaizen schedules, identify projects and activities, validate benefits and recommend resources and team members.


  • CBS Tool Mastery: Develop a complete mastery of the Crane Business System tools such as Value Stream Mapping, Transactional Process Improvement, Material Replenishment, Standard Work for Flow, and Problem Solving

  • Drive CBS Projects: Work with functional managers to establish and execute continuous improvement roadmaps; Schedule Kaizen events across the entire site; Work with functional managers to ensure problem statements and solutions are tied to the strategic goals of the business

  • KPI’s: Establish and drive site standards in the area of KPI; Mentor employees on the use of KPI boards; Identify gaps and mentor others to apply problem solving methodology to identify root cause / corrective action (RCCA)

  • Kaizen Events: Facilitate, lead, or participate in Kaizen events across the site; Ensure the timely completion of pre-work to ensure events success; Lead efforts to complete post event target metric tracking and ultimately evaluate the accomplishments of the event (pass/fail determination)

  • 5S: Maintain the site standards in the area of 5S; Drive adherence to monthly auditing in the factory as well as office environments; Lead efforts to deploy PDCA cycle to ensure continuous improvement in the area of 5S

  • Future Factory Vision: Work with senior and functional managers to determine the future factory vision for the site; Own implementation action plans to ensure timely completion of assigned tasks; Ensure vison is tied to the needs to the business;

Minimum Requirements

Experience :

  • 5+ years in a direct operations role with demonstrated success in driving continuous improvement tools through the business

Knowledge :

  • Understanding of fundamental change management concepts and ability to lead and support groups through change

Skills/Abilities :

  • Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills in a matrix environment

  • Strong team formation and leadership skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, to include presentation skills and facilitation of groups toward deliverables

  • Proficient in the use of Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Project Management Tools

  • Ability to link customer needs and business processes

  • Proven ability to lead and motivate cross-functional project teams toward process improvement as measured by business impact

Education/Certification :

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA

  • Lean Certification or Six Sigma Green/Black belt experience

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment

  • Standard office environment

  • May be exposed to unusual environmental conditions such as loud noises, cold temperatures, confined spaces, dust or fumes

  • Manufacturing operations may require the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to: eye safety glasses, gowning, masks, hearing protectors, heel/wrist straps and any other required PPE

Employment Eligibility Requirement:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and not require Visa sponsorship to be eligible. Because we contract with the US Department of Defense we are bound by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

About Crane Aerospace & Electronics :

Crane Aerospace & Electronicssupplies critical systems and components to the aerospace and defense markets. You’ll find Crane Aerospace & Electronics in some of the toughest environments: from engines to landing gear; from satellites to medical implants and from missiles to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

We are committed to operational excellence and world class processes. We employ Lean manufacturing techniquesto optimize manufacturing efficiency and accuracy on all product lines. Our products are known for their technical strength, proven reliability and overall value.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics offers competitive salaries and outstanding opportunities for career growth and development.

In our efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace, Crane Aerospace & Electronics requires that candidates complete a satisfactory background check prior to employment.

This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Crane Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, or U.S. military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or applicable local law, in recruiting, hiring, training and promoting.