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Director of Global Operations

Lisle, IL
About CTS
At CTS Corporation, we are at the forefront of technology, delivering innovative sensing, connectivity and motion solutions to enable an intelligent, seamless world and better tomorrow. We are a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators and electronic components in a variety of markets from medical to automotive, with four global designer centers and nearly 4,000 employees. Leading the way takes more than talent: it takes great people who are passionate, creative and collaborative. People who are innovators and maintain the highest standards in safety and quality. If this sounds like you, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to come and join our team.
Job/Position Summary
Lead, direct and manage the worldwide multi-SBU manufacturing operations and product quality to attain Corporate, business unit, product family, plant and operations goals and targets, including growth, profitability, ROA (Return on Assets), and total customer satisfaction. Responsible for the safe production of products that meet the customer’s requirements for quality and quantity. The scope of responsibility includes Zhongshan, China, Matamoros and Juarez, Mexico, and Ostrava, Czech Republic manufacturing facilities. Responsible for business unit strategies related to manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, materials, production tooling, and product quality. Ensure all manufacturing locations are in alignment with strategic business plans. Maximize the utilization of business unit assets. Monitor and review business unit performance in manufacturing, including Cost of Quality, productivity, inventory and inventory turns, cost/expense control, and profitability. This position will report into the VP&GM of our Sensors & Mechatronics business unit.      
Major Areas of Responsibility
  • Participate in the business planning process, develop and communicate the manufacturing strategy, provide input from a manufacturing viewpoint into product design, standardization, manufacturability, and required technologies. Develop business models for all manufacturing locations that support current and future business strategies.
  • Conducts site reviews, participates in status updates, discuss and reviews the planning at the manufacturing locations, VSM (Value Stream Mapping) event review, prepares status updates for corporate review. Implement Lean Manufacturing throughout the Sensors & Mechatronics Business Unit. 
  • Act as the representative in residence to represent the remote manufacturing locations in business policy development.  Remove barriers between remote locations and aids in developing effective communications. Develop a process to identify “best practices” throughout the Sensors & Mechatronics Business Unit as it applies to manufacturing. Look for opportunities to standardize processes, policies, organization structure within all manufacturing locations.
  • Review project selection and progress, provide direction on types of projects, collect and communicate the results, prepare updates for corporate review, work with finance to ensure the savings are genuine, and to incorporate the information into business plans. Develop and implement a CIP(Continuous Improvement Program) that meets or exceeds business goals.
  • Engage in training, coaching, selection and development of effective leaders and teams in manufacturing, materials, quality, and manufacturing engineering. Perform organization assessments and conduct performance reviews with developmental plans. Ensure that developmental/ training programs are in place.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Manufacturing engineering, operations, lean methodologies, Six Sigma, continuous improvement (quality), financial understanding and a reasonable level of technical product knowledge are required.
  • Experience in a tier-one or two automotive supplier desirable.
  • Ability to make decisions that affect the business unit and its future.
  • Self-motivated and stays current with state-of-the-art manufacturing methodologies.
  • Strategic planning, excellent communicator verbally and in writing.
  • Presentations to customers and corporate officers.
  • Ability to coach and mentor others. 
  • High level of self-awareness.
  • 50% estimated travel, international travel required.
Education and Experience
  • B.S. degree in engineering or business management required.
  • M.S. in engineering or other technical discipline or MBA desirable.
  • Global (international/multiple site) experience required.
  • Minimum of 8 years experience with production and materials management.
  • Minimum of 4 years manufacturing experience in a high profile leadership position. 
  • Prior experience with site profit and loss management.
Physical Demands
  • Ability to work several hours at a computer.
  • Ability to travel (domestic and international) as needed.
Working Environment
  • Standard office environment.
EEO Statement 
CTS Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTS Corporation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It has been and shall continue to be both the official policy and the commitment of CTS Corporation to further equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of, among other characteristics, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We fully comply with all applicable Department of Labor and EEOC rules, regulations, guidelines, and orders including but not limited to Executive Order 11246 and 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4, 60-250.5(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). The parties hereby incorporate the requirements of 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4(a)(7), 29 C.F.R. Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, 41 C.F.R. § 60-300.5(a) and 41 C.F.R. § 60-741.5(a), if applicable. Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a background check and drug screening.
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