General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works

Manager, Process Improvement - Tools

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Job Description

Responsible for overseeing, facilitating, and improving all aspects of shipyard tool management. Understands and improves manufacturing processes through effective use and improvements of tool manufacturing uses. This person will work closely with BIW Safety and develop specifications for tools and supplies in accordance with OSHA and ANSI standards and requirements, perform testing, and evaluations of products and works with suppliers and Procurement to establish contracts.  This position will focus on all aspects of effective tool management, but may also be assigned other process improvement initiatives. 

  • Analyze manufacturing, planning, and material processes and develop solutions to improve performance through better tool management and use.
  • Monitors, reports, and addresses small tool inventory to include serviceability, distribution, frequency of issue/return, preventative maintenance and repair to ensure maximum availability of small tools for mechanics.
  • Perform data-driven investigations into consumable usage and related costs. Identify and implement cost savings improvements to existing inventory. Use business acumen to balance unit cost vs service life in shipbuilding environment to deploy the appropriate consumables and tools for the lowest yearly cost.
  • Serve as subject matter expert regarding tool usage, repair, and rebuild in compliance with manufacturers and regulatory (OSHA, ANSI, UL, etc.) requirements.
  • Work closely with mechanics, technicians, and trade supervision to find ways to improve tool safety.
  • Work closely with tool suppliers and stay abreast of latest development in tool engineering. Provide recommendations for new tool acquisition.
  • Collaborate with BIW Safety department on ergonomics, vibratory testing, and all new tool/consumable introductions as well as assist with investigations and corrective actions concerning accidents, injuries, and near misses related to small tools.
  • Serve as focal point for trade based tooling requests, evaluations, and new product introduction.
  • Serve as the Facilities Department Continuous Process Improvement Program Liaison, leading improvement projects through the shipyard in support of company strategies and objects.

Required/Preferred Education/Training


  • High School diploma required.
  • Experience with tool management and tools used as part of Manufacturing processes.
  • Competent with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Access and other web-based applications.
  • Availability to travel occasionally.
  • Bachelor or Associate degree in Industrial Technology, Mechanical Engineering or similar field of study or 3-5 years of satisfactory work experience in this field.
  • Shipbuilding background or specific experience in shipyard tools.
  • Thorough knowledge of OSHA Regulations 1915 and 1910.
  • Trained and experienced in leading Lean events and utilizing Lean/Six Sigma methods (green/Black belt preferred).

Required/Preferred Experience


  • Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex, and often non-recurring, requiring various inputs, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
  • Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. (With the Facilities Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.)
  • Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information to internal and external customers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across various levels of management and maintain a positive working relationship with the customers
  • Focused on a total safety culture. Be an advocate and change agent.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and facilitate a team as well as conflict management



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