Sr. Manager, Manufacturing Engineering


April 6, 2021

Fremont, CA, US

The Role
The cell operational leader will be responsible for meeting production forecasts and driving continuous improvement through the manufacturing process. They will provide hands-on support, leadership, and direction to the operations team. This role will ensure quality and safety of the operation while driving continuous improvement of manufacturing. The ideal candidate strives to create an environment that is productive, encourages open communication, and strives to foster a collaborative environment that is exciting and fun.

  • Responsible for production of cells including daily production planning, delivery to plan, production cost, (FTT) first time yield, safety, quality targets, and production staffing

  • Maintain high product quality, safety and yield while ensuring optimal cost, use of resources and adherence to best safety practices

  • Maintain the facility and equipment in optimal operating conditions through implementation of a preventative maintenance system and taking appropriate corrective actions where needed

  • Hire, coach, lead and develop large scale teams made up of hourly team members

  • Support upgrades, new product and material introductions by supporting design teams, creating process plans, tracking budget costs and project schedules and developing countermeasures for timely completion of project goals

  • Drive Safety and Environmental compliance

  • Drive high quality standards in everything we do such as process control systems, monitoring and managing key product metrics, consistency in documentation, and 5S initiatives

  • Develop and deliver continuous improvement initiatives in safety, environmental, quality, cost, efficiency, and productivity objectives. Provide feedback to management on issues; benchmark other organizations for best practices.

  • Lead by example of positive reinforcement and make Tesla a World Class Manufacturing organization

  • Collaborate across boundaries for the best outcome by working with Sales, Marketing, Finance, Engineering, and Test and Quality departments.

  • Meet all other requirements as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience.

  • 15 years’ experience in high volume, high speed manufacturing; 5 years plant level leadership or equivalent

  • Experience with introduction of new products and materials

  • Ability to work well under pressure, manage competing demands and meet tight deadlines with strong follow through

  • Ability to foster a close working relationship with team members and management

  • High-level leadership and decision making skills

  • The ideal candidate is analytical, detail-oriented, self-motivated, well organized, and able to pro-actively communicate with all employees and works well in a fast-paced multi-cultural environment

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills

  • A strong sense of urgency and drive