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Process Owner - Wax

Process Owner - Wax

locationHampton, VA, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Howmet Aerospace, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications, as well as forged wheels for commercial transportation. Howmet Aerospace is transforming the next phase of more fuel-efficient, quieter aerospace engines and sustainable ground transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow @howmet: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Howmet Engine Systems is currently seeking an experienced Operations professional to join our team in Hampton, Virginia.

Are you an empowered Lead Team Partner with the drive to transform ideas into sustainable value?Weare seeking individuals who have a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a manufacturing environment, as well as the passion to put that experience to work to lead activities and support plant/location team to achieve manufacturing excellence.  Our organization is dedicated to rapid, profitable growth through operational excellence and career development.  If you are an energetic professional that wants to be a part of a dynamic team, we encourage you to apply.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for ensuring that the Wax processes (e.g., injection, pattern assembly, and pattern inspection) are performed in compliance with the methods, materials, and equipment specifications as detailed in the business unit process manual and/or plant-specific requirements. The Process Owner is accountable for process improvement, control and standardization in the Wax Department, and works closely with Engineering, Operations, Quality, and other stakeholders.

Essential Functions:
  • Follow Howmet’s EHS Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) requirements along with all department-specific safety requirements.
  • Candidate will be responsible for ensuring that the wax processes are performed in compliance with the methods, materials and equipment specifications as detailed in the BU manual, business operating procedures, and customer requirements
  • Oversee the development of standard policies, procedures, and practices to ensure the processes within the Wax operations are standardized and controlled
  • Establish and maintain the process owner’s performance metrics and reporting systems
  • Foster continuous improvement utilizing Six Sigma methodology, Process Management, SPC to reduce variation, improve capability and quality
  • Responsible for determination of the root cause of any deviation from critical process specifications or downstream product specifications and providing technical support to resolve wax related issues

Job Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Monitor key variables of the manufacturing sub-processes to determine process stability
  • Drive process stability and improvements through structured process controls and by promoting best practice methodologies and new technologies
  • Perform/ lead and report on daily and monthly process audits
  • Ensure the timely and effective resolution of issues resulting from internal, peer, and external audits
  • Assume responsibility for integrity of assigned process requirements
  • Interact with internal and external customers to understand technical requirements and resolve issues
  • Contribute to the development of corporate best practices for raw materials, manufacturing techniques, control metrics, analysis, and new equipment specifications
  • Responsible for reporting the critical process status on a daily and monthly basis to plant management and the Business Unit Wax Process Owner (monthly)
  • Support location Production Control Manager and Supplier Quality Engineer in regards to wax outsource vendors
  • Responsible for creating and controlling of all generic Wax Process Instructions (i.e., Activity Instructions)
  • Responsible for daily interface and communication of issues with manufacturing, maintenance, facilities personnel responsible for the Wax equipment areas
  • Responsible for understanding downstream product quality as it relates to the wax process and react appropriately to seen conditions
  • Institute proper project monitoring, follow up and feedback system to ensure financial and contract targets are meet (Example: Yields and Rework)
  • Foster continuous improvement using process management, designed experiments, Six Sigma, and statistical process control
  • As a recognized expert in the wax process technology area, provide technical guidance to management and peers in areas of current or potential needs of the plant
  • Act as a technical expert and liaison for all Outplant Wax operations. Assist with all wax job transfers
  • Work with facilities and finance departments to plan and execute projects, including capital improvement
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned

  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines a U.S. person as an U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e., 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited institution
  • Preferred disciplines include Materials Science, or Manufacturing Engineering

Skills & Abilities:
  • Must have exceptional written, oral communication, and presentation skills
  • Must be able to read blueprints and conceptualize product configurations
  • Must be a self-directed, manage time effectively and meet deliverable deadlines
  • Must be a leader which represents Howmet’s vision and values
  • Must have the ability to informally lead manufacturing operators and cross functional groups effectively and professionally
  • Strong analytical/math and problem-solving abilities, including data analysis

  • A minimum of 4-5 years of manufacturing industry experience is preferred
  • Experience in injection tooling or pattern die design is preferred
  • Six Sigma green belt and/or black belt preferred

About Howmet Aerospace

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s sales for 2022 approximated $5.7 billion. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, titanium structural parts and forged wheels. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies promote more fuel efficiency for aircraft and commercial transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com, including content shared during the Company’s May 2022 Technology Day.

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Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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