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Manager, Continuous Improvement

Requisition ID:  3044
Location:  Waynesboro, PA, US, 17268
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Education Experience:  -
Employment Experience:  -
Travel:  None


Company Information

TE Connectivity Ltd., is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.

TE Application Tooling, the oldest division of TE Connectivity, is credited with the invention of the first solderless crimp hand tool first developed in 1941, and is an integral component of the TE’s value proposition today. Our goal is to provide our customers with high quality, innovative products and services that drive speed, flexibility and value. To achieve these goals, it starts with creating a world-class team of professionals dedicated to delivering excellence. With 26 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, Application Tooling is truly a global supplier of tooling solutions. From the very hand tool for the US Military through automated tooling solutions for major automotive customers like GM and Ford, TE’s Application Tooling division has been making innovative, specialized tooling for wire harness and PC board manufacturers for more than seven decades. Whether you are connecting a wire to a terminal or a terminal to a PC board, making a reliable electrical connection requires highly engineered tools. Simply put, TE Connectivity is the original pioneer and developer of electrical connections – and today continues to lead with tomorrow’s innovation, not imitation!

Job Overview

TE Connectivity's Continuous Improvement Teams design and implement programs and projects to improve products, services, or processes aligned with business strategies. They coach teams; establish program performance metrics; and establish process excellence supports. TEGTA16

Manager Continuous Improvement - TEOA Site Leader


The Application Tooling Division of TE Connectivity is currently seeking a highly motivated, focused and energetic Continuous Improvement Leader to join our team at our Manufacturing site in Waynesboro PA. 

Application Tooling is a worldwide engineering and manufacturing business unit that designs and manufactures application equipment, tooling and precision machined products for all markets.  The dynamic work environment at TE Connectivity will enable you to capture every bit of potential out of your career. We are known by our customers for exceptional quality, innovation and service.  

Person(s) performing this role are models for the TE Connectivity core values of Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, and Innovation.  While functioning in this role you will be expected to operate at the highest standards of individual and corporate integrity, honor all commitments made while taking personal responsibility for actions/results, and foster an environment that encourages innovation, creativity, excellence and results through teamwork.  Our organization strives to practice leadership that teaches, inspires, and promotes full participation of all employees combined with a foundational belief in continuous career development. 

TEOA (TE Operating Advantage) is a company-wide program aimed at improving our business performance by applying Lean Manufacturing best practice improvement tools to become more efficient and effective so that we can be more productive, satisfy our customers and deliver more value to our shareholders.

This role is responsible for directing lean initiatives for the site and developing / deploying TEOA to drive flawless execution with tools and methods that are flexible, reliable, responsive and sustained.  The ideal candidate will be a certified Lean Black Belt or Master Black Belt and will be responsible for driving change to meet defined metrics and organization goals including implementation of lean six sigma principles and philosophies through hands-on training and teaching and applying appropriate Lean tools:  e.g., 5S, visual factory, process mapping, continuous improvement tools including SMED and Kaizen, material flow, etc.  The successful candidate will have a history of leading change and producing documented improvements in plant costs and quality.

The TEOA system ensures a safe work environment, drives quality improvements, provides premier customer service, develops a qualified workforce, and reduces operating costs, inventories and lead times through continuous improvement in the site systems. Partners with the Site Leadership team to oversee day-to-day activities to meet daily, monthly, quarterly and annual operational and financial expectations.

Responsibilities & Qualifications


  • Assume the lead role in the site’s TEOA process implementation – lead process improvement projects and facilitate team projects/mentor team members who are leading process improvement projects
  • Guide the analysis of existing methods to promote effective operations through standardization, improvement, simplification, discontinuance or other methods.
  • Utilize Lean and Six Sigma approaches to process improvements.
  • Develop recommendations for business processes that ensure alignment with strategic direction; integrate business processes between multiple organizations. 
  • Guide the coordination of business process changes, implement system solutions.
  • Apply advanced skills to resolve complex problems not covered by existing procedures or practices independently.
  • Display a high level of critical thinking in bringing successful resolution to high –impact, complex and /or cross-functional problems.
  • Supports the integration of processes (departments) into appropriately interconnected extended value streams.
  • Develop and utilize current and future state value stream maps to identify strategic projects and corresponding rolling 12-month implementation plans aligned with the company’s strategic direction.
  • Identification and leverage of best practices across the entire TE operation, with focus on applicable North American Transportations Solutions segment.


Qualifications, the successful candidate will have:

  • A history of leading change and producing documented improvements in plant costs and quality
  • Experience creating a Lean or Six Sigma strategy for a manufacturing organization
  • Lean Black Belt or Master Black Belt preferred
  • Experience leading an initiative that produced documented results
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Produced verifiable breakthrough results
  • Ability to develop and lead execution of strategy for transformational change & continuous improvement efforts across the site. 
  • A  thorough understanding and ability to use all aspects of Define Measure Analyze Improve and Control (DMAIC) model
  • Understand the need to improve measurement system capability as process capability improves; evaluate the use of control measurement systems
  • Have knowledge of Lean enterprise concepts; ability to identify value-added elements and activities; and able to use and apply specific six Sigma Lean tools
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering discipline
  • Ability to think strategically and execute tactically (i.e. deliver results)


  • Building Effective Teams
  • Motivating Others
  • Managing and Measuring Work
  • Values: Integrity, Accountability,Teamwork, Innovation
  • SET : Strategy, Execution, Talent (for managers)

Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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