Lean Kaizen Leader

Date: May 18, 2024

Location: Erwin, TN, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, BWXT is a Defense News Top 100 manufacturing and engineering innovator that provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for global security, clean energy, environmental restoration, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With more than 7,000 employees, BWXT has 14 major operating sites in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental restoration and operations management at a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. For more information, visit www.bwxt.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, X, Facebook and Instagram.



BWXT is currently seeking a Lean Kaizen Leader for its Erwin, TN location!


The Lean Kaizen Leader role is a tactical, hands-on, results driven role that is responsible for building and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement in the operations and salary support organizations at Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS). The Lean Kaizen Leader will work with cross functional teams (including operators, shop supervision, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, etc.) to prioritize and drive performance improvements across all areas of manufacturing.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities within the value stream to help drive improvements that tie into NFS' Key Performance Indicators.
  • Form teams, facilitate, and document Process Kaizen events.
  • Define value for various work areas and groups of operations.
  • Value stream map or process map processes and identify Value Add (VA) and Non-Value Add (NVA) activities. 
  • Work across all levels of the organization to systematically identify and eliminate waste.
  • Use visual management, 5S, standard work, and other appropriate tools to eliminate waste and improve flow.
  • Assist with developing and delivering Kaizen training to the general workforce.
  • Attend special training prior to leading Kaizen events.
  • Certify as a Lean Kaizen Leader.
  • Report to BWXT assigned work location in Erwin Tennessee.


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Minimum of an Associate's degree and 2 years' related work experience.
  • Ability to learn and become proficient with the use of Lean Six Sigma principles, methodologies, and tools.  The Lean Kaizen Leader will be required to attend special training prior to leading Kaizen events and will eventually be required to certify as a Lean Kaizen Leader. 
  • Ability to implement improvements and thrive on managing a variety of Kaizen events concurrently, within deadlines.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clearance.
  • Ability to report to work at an assigned office location for this fully onsite position.


Additional/Preferred Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or a technical field.
  • Previous experience or familiarity with the Toyota Production System, Gemba Kaizen, and the Toyota Way.



The Lean Kaizen Leader will work a 9/80 work week while receiving market leading pay, paid time off, paid winter holiday shutdown, educational refund plan, medical, dental, vision and service-based retirement contributions with additional 401k match.

Pay: $53,000 - $86,000


The base salary range for this position in Tennessee at the start of employment is expected to be between $53,000 and $86,000 per year. However, the base salary offered is based on local job market factors, and may vary further depending on factors specific to the selected job candidate, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to these considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, such as an annual cash incentive in addition to a full range of medical, retirement, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided at such time the selected job candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, the selected job candidate will be employed 'at-will,’ unless employed at a location and in a position subject to a collective bargaining agreement.  The company further reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment, compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and other market factors.


As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company health and safety requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.




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