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General Electric Senior Manufacturing Manager in West Jefferson, North Carolina

Job Description Summary

Job Description Summary

The West Jefferson Program Leader will report to the Plant Leader and will be responsible for safety, quality, delivery, cost, and cash performance of internal site operations. This position will manage the structure and shape of the lean transformation system, process improvement concepts, approaches and methodologies along with driving accountability and development of people. The position will influence and foster a culture of respect for people and continuous improvement.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

In this role, the West Jefferson Program Leader will have full responsibility to ensure that products are manufactured with the appropriate safety, quality, delivery, cost (SQDC) hierarchy.

In addition, the Program Leader will:

  • Demonstrate servant leadership across all levels of the organization, foster an atmosphere of problem solving and continuous improvement

  • Coach and mentor implementation of the lean management system including strategy, value stream activities, daily management, and architecture/infrastructure. Act as a change agent in the design and implementation of flow cells and flow lines

  • Demonstrate Leadership in communicating business goals, programs, and processes for identified model business unit(s)/areas

  • Demonstrate experience applying Lean principles to drive improved cycle time and throughput.

  • Manage a team of hourly machinists/inspectors and salaried employees including coaches who support hourly employees.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college (or High School Diploma/GED with 8 years of manufacturing, quality improvement, or people leadership experience)

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Manufacturing, quality improvement, people leadership (Including experience in Lean methodology and/or Six Sigma tools; ability to drive improvement strategies while coaching leaders through problem solving techniques)

Desired Characteristics:

  • Humble: respectful, receptive, agile, eager to learn​

  • Transparent: shares critical information, speaks with candor, contributes constructively​

  • Focused: quick learner, strategically prioritizes work, committed ​

  • Leadership ability: strong communicator, decision-maker, collaborative​

  • Problem solver: analytical-minded, challenges existing processes, critical thinker

  • Demonstrated Servant Leadership approach, collaborative approach to problem solving, experience working across and within multiple functions

  • Domain expertise in Shop Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, Materials, Sourcing and Product Engineering

  • Extensive knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and experience applying principles such as GEMBA, leader standard work, value stream mapping, A3 problem solving, etc.

  • Supply Chain leadership in multiple business cycles and/or product types

  • Quality experience, including regulatory agencies with strong knowledge of APQP

  • Demonstration of setting key priorities, establishing applicable KPIs and driving execution of Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes