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Sensata Technologies, Inc. Plant Manager in Thousand Oaks, California

Sensata is currently seeking an experienced Plant Manager to become a member of our Global Operations team supporting our Aerospace Business. The Plant Manager will be responsible for directing and managing all plant operations including our onsite machine shop; facilitate the maximization of resources to achieve customer satisfaction, productivity, schedule adherence and economic goals.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drive significant lean/6 Sigma transformation of the manufacturing and Production Planning Operations

  • Develop and execute a business improvement effort for OTD, quality and inventory execution strategy that supports Sensata’s overall strategy

  • Achieving breakthrough and continuous improvements in operations from beginning to end in regards to safety, quality, delivery, cost, and working capital

  • Lead team of employees in planning, organizing, directing and running optimum day-to-day operations to exceed our customers’ expectations.

  • Increasing production, assets capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs and maintaining current quality standards

  • Responsibility for production output, product quality and on-time shipping

  • Develop metrics, reporting dashboards, and communication of operations performance to the business

  • Coach, direct and develop team members to achieve their goals as well as that of the business

  • Increase production, assets capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs and maintaining current quality standards

  • Allocate resources effectively and fully utilize assets to produce optimal results

  • Implement strategies in alignment with strategic initiatives and provide a clear sense of direction and focus

  • Share a trusting relationship with workgroup and recruit, manage and develop plant staff

  • Collect and analyze data to find places of waste or overtime

  • Commit to plant safety procedures

  • Influence and learn from current team

  • Stay up to date with latest production management best practices and concepts

Job Requirements:

  • A successful candidate must have/be:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related filed

  • 10+ years/related experience in manufacturing

  • Proven work experience as a plant manager

  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to accept new ideas, engage in creative, innovative and systemic thinking to develop unique, differentiated solutions to complex problems

  • Demonstrated results-oriented leadership

  • Strong decision-making skills with clear goals for meetings or projects

  • Strong sense of urgency and ability to manage change

  • Ability to listen, influence others, manage change and effectively motivate through open communication

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to prioritize critical issues and display the initiative and flexibility in dealing with them

  • Understanding of an ERP system; Oracle experience is preferred

  • Adequate knowledge of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation and human resources)

  • Familiarity with industry

  • Be knowledgeable of safety, quality, productivity, demand creation, inventory processes

  • Ability to create accountability and to lead by example

  • Strong team building, decision-making and people management skills

  • Able to interact effectively with all levels of the organization.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) to prepare spreadsheets, graphs, presentations and reports

  • Ability to travel Domestic and International (Mexico)

Additional Details:

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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