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Howmet Aerospace Lead Flex Supervisor in Cleveland, Ohio

Howmet Aerospace (NYSE: HWM) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value.

Howmet Wheel Systems (HWS) is a business unit with a rich tradition and a bright future. We invented the forged wheel in 1948 and have remained the global leader in providing safe, strong, lightweight, and innovative aluminum transportation products ever since. ALCOA® Wheels are highly engineered products operating in challenging environments with significant product liability risk and wide diversity of end use applications ranging from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks to commercial and military vehicles. HWS employs 1,700 people at 14 locations worldwide and produces over 4 million aluminum wheels globally with annual sales more than $800 million.

Our customers trust us to deliver a wide range of great looking and dependable products that improve fuel economy and increase payload to address their customer’s business needs. Our Commercial Vehicle Wheel products lead the world in market innovation and truck, trailer, and bus customers recognize our LvL ONE®, Dura-Bright® and Ultra ONE® wheels as the current innovative products in this market.

Job Dimensions:

The Lead Flex Supervisor located in Cleveland, OH is the first level of authority in the manufacturing plant providing leadership, coaching, technical support and clear direction to ensure people are working safely, meeting customer demand, solving problems, eliminating waste and meeting goals. The primary function of the Lead Flex Supervisor is to plan, oversee and coordinate day-to-day maintenance execution of facility, equipment and machinery while providing technical guidance to skilled trades professionals. The incumbent must be able to seek cooperation from others and must develop relationships to resolve problems while working under the direction of the Operations Manager.

  • Knowledge and experience in applying lean manufacturing principles.

  • Demonstrated ability to train, develop and motivate subordinates.

  • Well-developed communication, leadership and problem-solving skills

Major Activities & Key Challenges:

Under the supervision of the Operations Manager, the Lead Flex Supervisor position is accountable for:

  • Coaching, supervising and training skilled craftspeople, apprentices, operator technicians, and supervisors in the repair and maintenance activities of their assigned shift and areas;

  • Key Function is to perform AND teach hourly craftspeople on how to execute front line trouble shooting activities on equipment in area of responsibility;

  • Follow all safety procedures LOTOTO / PPE / Confined Space / Burning Permits / Fall Protection;

  • Demonstrate and set the example for hourly employees – work with them on organization techniques, leadership behaviors, troubleshooting skills, mechanical and electrical skills;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills that succinctly and clearly explain the business case for improvement actions to both UAW and leadership (verbal, written, voicemail and e-mail);

  • Assist in performing root cause analysis and “5-why” techniques with the goal to eliminate maintenance and production downtime;

  • Coordinate and manage the development of maintenance and production work procedures and standard practices to maximize quality work and eliminate waste;

  • Drive continuous improvement activities and production flow to eliminate all waste, especially as related to maintenance downtime, safety, work practices and employee involvement;

  • Provide any necessary input to Operations Manager regarding applicable labor issues within work area.

  • Diagnose and assist in solving difficult maintenance and production problems and recurring malfunctions

  • Support operating results through the management of subordinates with emphasis on quantity, quality, timeliness, safety, recovery, and delivery performance

  • Ensure work is allocated fairly and clearly assigned to crew members; formulate and assign tasks within guidelines established by department management

  • Decide and deploy appropriate crewing arrangements for planned and unplanned situations based on absences, schedule requirements, equipment availability, and vacations

  • Identify opportunities for problem-solving teams targeting waste elimination

  • Understand and utilize department measures which enable tracking of performance and progress towards achieving department goals

  • Manage the daily activities of assigned employees (including assigned Work Leaders);

  • Manage safety of subordinates utilizing the concepts of Human Performance

  • Lead individual safety discussions and job specific safety reviews

  • Supervise production and maintenance personnel engaged in setting up, installing, repairing, and maintaining machinery and equipment

  • Maintain all production and related quality assurance records

  • Responsible for meeting or exceeding production goals including production output, safety, on time delivery, and people initiatives within a traditional unit supervisor role

  • Initiate timely corrective action as appropriate (including attendance/tardiness)

  • Work with maintenance technicians to apply root cause analysis and rapid problem-solving techniques to minor exceptions to find and eliminate the fundamental problems

  • Develop individuals in the organization by providing challenging assignments for employee and by providing training, coaching, and mentoring for the all employees

  • Interim manager for department in the case of their absence.

  • The principal goal of this position is the training, coaching and motivating of hourly and salary personnel to provide reliable equipment consistent with business objectives of OEE, cost, quality and delivery requirements;

  • Strict adherence to our safety practices and processes is of top priority for this position and provide leadership to hourly and salary co-workers to achieve the same;

  • Cover for department manager in his/her absence.

  • Environment, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Contacts within the company are primarily with other Technical Supervisors, Engineering, Maintenance Planning, various Production departments, Purchasing, Labor Relation and Human Resources, Environmental and Safety, and outside contractors.

  • The incumbent recognizes that accident prevention is equal in importance to production, quality, delivery, and cost control, and accepts the responsibility to work safely and promote safety consciousness among fellow employees.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) from an accredited institution

  • Minimum five years of experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • Minimum of one years of management, supervisory or team lead experience.

  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or Business from an accredited institution.

  • Experience using Oracle software.

  • Experience in a union environment.

  • Experience in works engineering.

    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, 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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