Technical Continuous Improvement Expert III - (E3)
Applied Materials


Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services.

Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance.

Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Applies Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodologies and principles to the internal organization, suppliers, and customers, but often requires a technical background in order to complete its overall project management responsibility.
  • Lead, coach and facilitate the application of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) tools in an operations environment.
  • Understand data trends and drive quantified results by designing and deploying analytical systems and processes.
  • Drive optimization of the Value Stream by elimination of waste and making flow improvements across service product operations.
  • Evaluate internal controls, communications, risk assessments and maintenance of documentation.
  • Support Kaizen Events and LSS Black Belt level projects within and across operations and divisions to optimize performance.
  • Conducts current-state assessment of manufacturing and business processes and identification of improvement opportunities.
  • Based on this assessment, designs, implements, and management process improvement initiatives utilizing Six Sigma methodologies.

  • Employs project / program management skills related to overall project tracking, deliverables management, action item tracking, meeting minutes, team communications, and presentations.
  • Throughout the process improvement, generates supporting documentation such as : current and future-state conditions, value stream maps, business process maps, as well as cost-benefit analysis.
  • Leads a cross-functional team during process improvement interventions and manages an array of stakeholder relationships.
  • Assists in developing training materials and facilitates internal training on Six Sigma methodologies as well as Kaizen events.
  • The Black Belt will work with all levels in the organization developing, implementing, and sustaining process improvement initiatives utilizing Six Sigma methodologies.
  • Continuous Improvement, 5S, Kaizen and other components of Technical Problem Solving are expected of this position.
  • Complies with all IP guidelines.
  • Complies with all safety procedures and consistently demonstrates safety as a value.
  • Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrates conceptual and practical expertise in own discipline and basic knowledge of related disciplines
  • Previous Six Sigma experience helpful but not required.
  • Business Expertise

  • Has knowledge of best practices and how own area integrates with others; is aware of the competition and the factors that differentiate them in the market
  • Leadership

  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may lead small projects with manageable risks and resource requirements
  • Problem Solving

  • Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective on existing solutions; exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information
  • Impact

  • Impacts a range of customer, operational, project or service activities within own team and other related teams; works within broad guidelines and policies
  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Explains difficult or sensitive information; works to build consensus
  • Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4 - 7 Years of Experience
  • Experience in Field Service Operations
  • Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7 - 10 Years of Experience
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