CI Manager

Date: Jan 30, 2023

Location: Cambridge, CA

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers, and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with full year 2021 revenues of $18 billion and approximately 71,000 team members working at more than 260 sites worldwide.  Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Performance Solutions, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket. With our product portfolio, dedication to quality, global reach, entrepreneurial setting and competitive strength, we're at a great place to build a lasting career.


We are looking for a CI Manager. The CI Manager will report to the Plant Manager and will lead the site’s continuous improvement initiatives designed to eliminate non-value added activities while improving operational excellence. This position ensures existing processes maintain a high level of performance while continuously reviewing and refining those processes. Will be responsible for the establishment of an operational excellence culture throughout all plant operations with emphasis on sustainable development.

Our recruiting team is ready to act immediately. You’ll first hear from someone in Talent Acquisition to schedule a phone screen, and then the next step will be a personal interview with our Hiring Manager. We pride ourselves on moving through the process quickly, and you can be sure of transparency and prompt communication.


  • Managing CI Projects as assigned, typically within a local region or business unit.

  • Performing gap analysis to identify deficiencies in business processes and programs, and recommending adjustments to programs and/or processes.

  • Linking process deficiencies directly to bottom line impact.

  • Leads cross-functional project teams formed to implement change and drive continuous improvement.

  • Drives mixed model value stream implementation projects with a focus on continuous improvement of safety, quality, cost, and delivery.

  • Use appropriate problem-solving tools to provide rapid improvement with sustainable results.

  • Ensures adherence to standard processes for data collection, documentation and reporting.

  • Plans budget and manages costs related to operational excellence initiatives.

  • Directly supervises, trains and mentors full-time CI assigned resources.

  • Building project plan to CI projects, including resources, timeline, critical paths, etc.

  • Managing diverse CI strategies for transactional and/or manufacturing operations.

  • Participating in operational continuous improvement reviews with Local and/or Regional Management.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required.



  • Minimum 10 years experience in operations required.

  • Experience in a Continuous Improvement function.

  • Black Belt or Master Black Belt certification required.

  • Must have thorough understanding of cycle time reduction, waste reduction, yield improvement, productivity and throughput improvement.

  • Hands-on experience using Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPM, Six Sigma, TQM).

  • Proven leadership skills to coach and lead teams to fully deliver chartered objectives and projects.

  • Project management experience.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Applications: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

  • Be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills in planning and organizing to handle multiple tasks concurrently.

  • Advanced problem solving capabilities, attention to detail and numerical aptitude.