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Continuous Improvement Leader  

About the Organization Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world's aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

We offer our breadth of technology solutions and services through 11 subsidiary business units and numerous award-winning product brands. Serving our customers is our first priority, and every day we honor this mission with quality, partnership, and energetic global vision.

Astronics Subsidiary  

Astronics-PECO, located in Clackamas, Oregon, designs and manufactures highly engineered commercial aerospace interior components and systems for the aerospace industry. We specialize in Passenger Service Units (PSUs) which incorporate air handling, emergency oxygen, electrical power management and cabin lighting systems. We also manufacture a wide range of fuel access doors that meet stringent strength, fuel sealing and anti-corrosion requirements.


The purpose of this position is to direct and lead our continuous improvement efforts. This individual will be involved with helping to establish our continuous improvement strategy and establish a plan and completed tasks to execute that strategy.


Includes the following duties and others as assigned.

  • Provides continuous improvement direction and leadership to employees throughout the company
  • Provides training on general and specific lean topics as needed to increase organizational lean knowledge base
  • Facilitates “Fix What Bugs You” stand up meetings
  • Maintains 3S (5S) supply carts
  • Facilitates Kaizen Events
  • Seeks out educational materials and opportunities that benefit the organization (benchmarking, webinars, tours, literature etc.)
  • Prioritizes improvement opportunities by engaging with stakeholders throughout the company.
  • Participates on the Astronics Lean Team
  • Provides organizational support for visual controls
  • Communicates continuous improvement progress to the organization (i.e. progress against metrics, recent improvements, etc.)
  • Observes safety and security procedures; Actions potentially unsafe conditions.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
  • Maintains network & relationships within the local Lean community.
  • Produces (films, edits and shares) before and after improvement videos.
  • Reports consistently to work and is on time. Able to work extended hours as necessary.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Teamwork - Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s effort to succeed.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality – Displays understanding of PECO’s Quality Policy; is thorough, accurate and carefully attends to detail; completes tasks and responds to issues in a timely manner; delivers results and manages projects according to established timelines; completes tasks according to standards; seeks ways to exceed standards and improve work quality.
  • Quantity – Completes work in timely manner.
  • Servant Leadership - Demonstrates the use of lean principles in personal methods and processes. Willing and able to “get their hands dirty”, doing what is required to serve, motivate and inspire fellow employees.
  • Desire to Learn and Grow - Motivated to continuously expand personal knowledge threshold through personal book study, benchmarking, networking, etc. Candidate is expected to be the resident expert in all major lean tools and methods.
Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below each are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong knowledge base and ability to teach concepts such as: 5S, Kanban, Value Stream Mapping, Spaghetti Diagram, Set-up Reduction (SMED), Line Balancing, 8 Wastes (value add / non-value add analysis), and Pull Systems.
  • Bachelor degree preferred, plus four years of related experience and/or training; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be computer proficient with a variety of software packages (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, etc)
  • Excel VBA, VB.Net or similar programing knowledge is a plus.
  • CAD (SolidWorks) experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma tools is a plus.
  • Established track record applying continuous improvement tools to achieve improved business results.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally.

Astronics-PECO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Travel Requirements  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.  

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