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Sensata Technologies, Inc. Lean/Continuous Improvement Manager in Carpinteria, California

Sensata Technologies, a global industrial technology company and a leading provider of sensors, recently completed the acquisition of GIGAVAC, LLC, the leader in designing, developing and manufacturing high-performance hermetically sealed electro-mechanical DC Power Switching Technology. Now, Sensata and GIGAVAC are working Smarter Together to expand electrification-driven content and capabilities across multiple end markets.

Sensata’s products improve safety, efficiency, emissions and comfort for millions of people every day in transportation, appliance, aircraft and industrial applications. We are a rapidly growing company with more than $3.3 billion in annual revenues, operations and business centers in 12 countries and more than 22,000 employees worldwide, including nearly 400 people in our Carpinteria, CA office.

We pride ourselves on being a leading global company with strong, local decision making and innovative complex products that make a real difference. We have a reputation for unwavering integrity and offer global exposure to world-class talent and significant personal growth and development opportunities.

The Lean/Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for executing projects that bring significant productivity improvement to our site. The lean manager will also be deploying Lean Manufacturing Methodology and implementing the culture of continuous improvement to improve overall safety, quality, and on-time delivery of the site. The position will be based at our manufacturing facility in Carpinteria, California.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct and Lead plant wide Kaizen events for both production and office / transactional processes

  • Build relationships with operation business unit and function department leaders to understand business objectives and priorities, and develop process improvement initiatives collaboratively.

  • Establish and lead a team in the identification, design, and delivery of process improvement initiatives.

  • Be responsible for maintaining projects on time and budget, reporting on progress, managing expectations and risk, and ensuring post-implementation benefits are measured.

  • Use of good project management to manage team activities to achieve and measure the results.

  • Must be a results-oriented change agent who is an effective business systems thinker and willing to take a hands-on approach to drive results.

  • Act as a catalyst for the sharing and implementation of best practices across all business units.

  • Communicate / train Lean Manufacturing approaches to the teams with the intent of propagating and defect analysis philosophy.

  • Establish the KPI system of key processes, and monitor their status of attainment.

  • Assist operations team to improve operational excellence.

  • Participating in company led projects and internal audit.

  • Working with operations team to resolve technical issues promptly.

  • Develop Lean Manufacturing training material and promote the application of Lean methodologies within the whole operations.

  • Travel 20%

  • Special assignment Design and manage execution of new factory layout. Job Requirements A successful candidate must have/be:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above, majoring in Engineering preferred. Must have strong understanding of Lean Manufacturing tools and Methodologies

  • Must have experience implementing Lean tools in a high-mix, low-volume manufacturing environment.

  • Experience in conducting high pace Kaizen events

  • Experience in successfully developing and managing plant wide lean transformation plan and implementation roadmap.

  • More than 5 Years of related operational experience in the field of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous improvement in a high-technology environment

  • Proven leadership and facilitation experience in driving improvement program initiatives to successful outcomes.

  • Good at project definition and management.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with teams.



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  • Collaborating at Sensata means working with some of the world’s most talented people in an enriching environment that is constantly pushing towards the next best thing.

  • Employees work across functions, countries and cultures gaining new perspectives through mutual respect and open communication.

  • As OneSensata, we are working together to make things work together

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We are ready for the next century.

Our vision is to be a world leader in mission-critical sensing and electrical protection while satisfying the world’s growing need for safety, efficiency and a clean environment and being a partner, employer and neighbor of choice. Our sensors are the fundamental building blocks needed for a smart, connected, electrified and, ultimately, autonomous world. Click here to find out more about our Future Focus at

Sensing is what we do.

In fact, our name Sensata comes from the Latin word sensate for ‘those gifted with sense’. Our focus on sensing is also reflected in our logo, which spells Sensata in Braille.

Sensata Technologies is a world leader and early innovator in mission-critical sensors and controls designed to make the world cleaner, safer and more efficient. Mission-critical means products that are essential and difficult to do. You’ll find our 47,000 unique products in many applications anywhere from automotive braking systems to aircraft flight controls.

Sensata devices are in systems that protect people and the environment, so what we do matters. We take pride in knowing our technologies improve safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of people every day.

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