Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 25-May-2023 to 16-Jun-2023 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Market Competitive
  • Salary
  • Full Time

*This position offers the following benefits: Medical insurance, Vision, Dental, Prescription insurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Employee Assistance Program, Health Savings Account, Paid Vacation, Paid Personal/Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Bonus(es). Can elect to participate in 401(k). These are our current benefit offerings for the 2023 plan year and are subject to change without notice.

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary: The Lean Improvement/AOS Expert contributes directly to the Airbus Industrial strategy by defining and deploying ways of working within operational teams with direct contact with key stakeholders. With a deep knowledge of lean principles and a proven shop-floor experience in manufacturing, you will address systemic operational performance issues with piloted, standardized & sustainable solutions through the Airbus Operating System, Lean, continuous improvement tools and principles.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Deployment   50%
  • Contribute directly to the Airbus industrial strategy by defining and deploying ways of working within operational teams and influencing plant management teams (CDT, plant managers, HO functions)
  • Improve business efficiency and results achievement by advising plant stakeholders at manager and senior manager level on business priorities and how to make the most of the standards, methods and associated behaviors.
  • Deployment of business improvement / transformation road maps, the jobholder will identify which Lean/AOS standards best match the manufacturing areas needs OR trigger new Lean/AOS standards definition.
  • Pilot the lean/AOS standards first implementations in the plant/FAL following the AOS deployment strategy with a "we do, you do" logic.
  • Set up and support governance and steering at all levels (with Senior Leadership Teams), securing a deployment roadmap (architecture, ensure roadmap content) and a consolidated AOS architecture strategy
  • Contribute to key projects with Lean/AOS skills & competences in the frame on adhoc Top Management Request (Head of Function, COO, CEO) to ensure project outcomes are delivering tangible benefits for the company and enabling sustainable and long term performance.
  • Facilitate workshops on dedicated topics in complex situations or for training purposes (vision, Hoshin Kanri, macro VSM, business VSM, kaizen, etc.)
  • Run and facilitate specific Gembas and shop floor exercises coaching senior management.
  1. Development, Industrial Assessment and Diagnosis  20%
  • Support development of Lean/AOS standards to answer the business issues & priorities. As per AOS/Lean brick 6 phase methodology: Stake, Standard way of working, Pilot, Learning solution, Deployment plan and Assessment
  • Assess standard implementation is at the right level through the implementation checklist
  • Lead assessments of industrial maturity integrating operations performance & AOS standard adherence
  • Lead industrial task forces: diagnosis, solution definition and implementation, results achievement
  • Advise managers on how to improve performance by running specific AOS diagnosis (Macro-VSM, shop-floor observations, etc.)
  1. Coaching, Influencing and Training   30%
  • Design and provide on-the-job coaching of the AOS deployment architecture strategy with operational and local teams
  • Design strategies for coaching, mentoring & training in regards to change management, Lean and AOS standards/tools
  • Provide knowledge transfer in dedicated manufacturing areas/populations to local plant/FAL teams (from business managers to change agents)
  • Growing the knowledge and autonomy of business managers and change agents by supporting the implementation of AOS/Lean standards & continuous improvement solutions in manufacturing areas.
  • Facilitate / co-lead / support training development and deployment
  • Identify and escalate competence gaps to top management
  • Promoting the use of internal good practices and external benchmarking by acting transversally with the extended manufacturing communities

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering


  • Solid knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes, production management and industrialization principles.
  • Proven experience(10+ years) in lean/continuous improvement projects demonstrating tangible & sustainable results
  • Experienced in project management, including multi-functional teams and financial aspects
  • Able to demonstrate operational experience in the implementation and optimization of industrial systems (conception phase, implementation, management of production processes)
  • Good communication skills, active listening and a pro-active approach to problem solving & decision making
  • Proven coaching / training competencies, Leadership, Assertiveness to influence and challenge the status quo


  • APICS basic level, Six Sigma/Lean Black Belt, Kepner Tregoe or equivalent preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Ability and experience to train managers, technicians and operators
  • Deep knowledge and experience of AOS / lean manufacturing and lean management / problem solving
  • Good knowledge and experience in industrial engineering, quality tools, problem solving, logistics engineering and process optimization (APICS basic level, lean/Six Sigma Black Belt, Kepner Tregoe or equivalent)
  • Experience in leading lean manufacturing workshops such as kaizen, VSM, SMED, 5S, etc. -
  • Experience in operations management within a best-in-class lean environment
  • Coaching skills and experience with communication competences
  • Ability to inspire and give meaning
  • Aeronautical manufacturing basics
  • Capability to design strategies for change management, coaching, mentoring and training

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Fluency in local language mandatory / English negotiation level

Travel Required:

  •   10% Domestic and International


  • Eligible for employment in the US

Physical Requirements:

  1. Vision: adequate to enter and read material on computer screens. Able to identify individuals to initiate greetings, the giving of directions and other business interactions
  2. Hearing: able to hear sufficiently to engage in conversation in office settings Able to hear safety alerts and warning signals.
  3. Speaking: able to engage in conversations in person and via electronic means and deliver information to groups of varying size with or without amplification.
  4. Equipment Operation Able to operate a wide range of personal and office electronic equipment.
  5. Carrying: able to occasionally carry up to 30lbs/14kg which engaging in training, addressing production issues or as part of continuous improvement projects.
  6. Lifting: able to occasionally lift up to 30lbs/14kg.
  7. Pushing/Pulling: able to push/pull items in office areas.
  8. Sitting: able to sit for extended periods of time at computer and in meetings.
  9. Squatting/Kneeling: able to occasionally squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items shelved on bottom shelves.
  10. Standing: able to stand for extended periods of time.
  11. Travel: able to travel overseas and domestically sometimes for extended periods of time. Working outside hangers in changing locations.
  12. Walking: able to walk through office and production areas, around flight line and airstrips and sometimes on uneven indoor and/or outdoor surfaces.

Equal Opportunity: Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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