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

Position Summary:

The Lean/Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for deploying Lean Manufacturing Methodology and implementing the culture of continuous improvement to improve overall safety, quality, on-time delivery, and productivity of the site. The position will be based at our manufacturing facility in Thousand Oaks, 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.

  • 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 - lead transfers of projects to the Tijuana site


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 working 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.

Additional Details:

Because this position requires potential access to technology controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the successful candidate must be a "U.S. person" as defined in the ITAR and EAR. In order to be a U.S. person for ITAR and EAR purposes, you must: (i) be a citizen or national of the United States; or (ii) be a lawful permanent resident (i.e., "green card holder") of the United States; or (iii) have been admitted to the United States as a refugee, or have been granted asylum, provided that you have applied for naturalization within six months of the date you first became eligible, and if not yet accepted, you are actively pursuing naturalization after two years from the date of your application.


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