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Business Unit Pratt & Whitney Job ID 01474239 Most Recent Date Posted 10/10/2021 City East Hartford State Connecticut Country United States

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United States of America


PW100: East Hartford 400 Main Street, East Hartford, CT, 06118 USA

Do you enjoy the challenges of process improvement and “lean” manufacturing initiatives?

We are seeking a highly motivated, technically talented individual, who has a true desire to lead in a dynamic operations environment to support our HSMC Advanced Coating Business Unit as a 1st Shift Cell Leader. In this role you will be providing direction to skilled bargaining unit employees, leading employee engagement and continuous improvement efforts. Additionally, you will lead sustained improvements in safety, quality, production, material procurement, and cost reduction and be accountable for hourly staff planning and critical resource allocation to ensure business metrics are met. In conjunction to daily supervisor responsibilities, project management, effective communication and execution with support group members is critical to the department’s success. You will also assist in strategic planning such as the development of forecasts, financial planning, training, and capital expenditures. Excellent organization, prioritization, and interpersonal skills are important.

At Pratt & Whitney, you'll be part of an evolving, globally diverse company that's moving fast to shape the future of aviation. Customers all over the world depend on our technology and the people behind it. As part of the team at Pratt & Whitney, you'll help answer today's challenges in powered flight while crafting and supporting tomorrow's solutions. 

Inclusion Powers Innovation

The goal of our diversity strategy is to build a workforce and environment where every employee is valued so innovation and creativity thrive and to ensure that all employees are engaged and empowered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing direction to skilled HSMC-S bargaining unit employees.
  • Leading employee engagement and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Lead sustained improvements in safety, quality, production, material procurement, and cost reduction through the system’s various elements.
  • Perform daily supervisor responsibilities, project management, effective communication, and execution with support group members.
  • Establish work schedules and monthly delivery plans considering resource availability that align with customer needs and satisfy financial obligations.
  • Provide leadership and direction with an emphasis on team building through daily toolbox meetings, effective communications, and in developing an efficient team that is responsive to production requirements and changes.
  • Lead the implementation of the Standard Production System (SPS) framework in BU241 to align standard organizational structures, daily and weekly regimens, and metrics with clear roles and responsibilities to deliver on our Operational Excellence (OpX) strategy via the OpX Playbook.
  • Communicate to peers requirements at supporting process to ensure smooth process flow.
  • Hold employees accountable while maintaining a key working relationship.
  • Drive World-class safety culture is maintained and respond to all EH&S requirements promptly.
  • Control quality, productivity, and process flow to meet MRP requirements while ensuring a high level of customer happiness.


  • Bachelor's degree with 4+ years of manufacturing/operations experience OR a Master’s degree with 2+ years of manufacturing/operations experience.
  • 2+ years of leadership experience in an operations or manufacturing setting required.
  • U.S. citizenship required due to government contracts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clear, concise and effective communicator.
  • Experience working with all levels of management and experience in a union environment.
  • Highly self-directed, quick learner, with a strong drive for results.
  • Experience with Continuous Improvement principles (lean manufacturing, ACE/CORE, QCPC, etc.).
  • Consistent track record in team leadership roles.
  • Ability to plan projects and to craft clear written/verbal/analytical/org skills to influence business objectives.
  • Computer proficiency in Excel a plus​.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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