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Title:  Global Advanced Tooling & Molding Mgr.


Take a Strategic Global Approach to Tooling and Molding by Driving Current Projects and Future Standardization



Join a respected and growing global organization where you can add value and make an impact while continuing to enhance your skills and experience.


If you're a skilled leader and tool designer with global experience, strong influencing skills and proven ability to work effectively with internal teams and international suppliers, the role of Global Advanced Tooling and Molding Manager with CTS Corporation offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:


  • Join a talented team of skilled professionals and make an impact as you lead, direct and manage the worldwide multi-strategic business unit tooling and molding operations.
  • Enjoy wide exposure and visibility as you serve as the global liaison and interact with stakeholders across locations, including program managers, the tool Manager, designers, tool shop personal at each plant, operational leadership, suppliers and others. 
  • Own a newly expanded, multifaceted role where you can showcase your potential to learn and evolve your skills, take on a range of interesting challenges and advance your career.
  • Join a respected and rapidly growing, global organization with a strong and stable financial profile and aggressive growth plan. Even during the pandemic, CTS continued to grow.
  • Enjoy an open and upbeat culture. Our leaders, including your supervisor, are accessible and promote broad communication and transparency at all levels, including town hall meetings and company round tables with the CEO and other leaders. 


*This role will be located in Elkhart, IN, Matamoros, Mexico, or Lisle, IL. Relocation assistance may be available to an outstanding candidate.*

We touch millions of lives globally every day. CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators, and electronic components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We have over 20 locations in 12 countries and more than 3,500 employees. Our innovative sensing, connectivity, and motion solutions offer a diverse range of products across many industries. We are at the forefront of innovating life-changing technology, focusing on quality to keep people safe, healthy, and happy.



The Requirements

Find out what it takes to work and thrive in this role.

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Global Advanced Tooling and Molding Manager opportunity, you will have:

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or another technical discipline preferred. We'll also consider candidates with an outstanding technical background in lieu of a degree
  • Journeyman mold/die maker certificate preferred but not required
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) training
  • Minimum of 10 years of tooling experience including: 
    • Minimum 6 years of tool design experience
    • Minimum 5 years of management experience highly preferred
  • Global experience working with suppliers, ideally in Asia and/or Europe; existing supplier relationships are a plus
  • Prototype and production tooling and molding experience; experience with continuous improvement methodologies related to molding and tooling that drive high quality and lower costs. Experience in automotive desirable
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (Europe and Asia) approximately 20-30%. Travel tends to ebb and flow, so flexibility is key


The Role

Explore the primary responsibilities of the Global Advanced Tooling and Molding Manager position.

Reporting to the Vice President of Global Operations, as Global Advanced Tooling and Molding Manager, you will lead, direct, and manage the Sensors and Mechatronics tooling and molding operations with the highest focus on quality and attaining key cost objectives. Your key responsibilities will include quoting, planning, and scheduling the design, procurement and build of prototype and production molds, supporting the manufacturing facilities with mold processes and mold tooling issues, and the standardization of equipment, processes, and mold tooling best practices. Additionally, you will drive continuous improvement projects that ensure flawless molding related DV/PV and product launches. Your primary objectives will include:

  • Managing multiple projects through program managers ensuring they are on time and on budget.
  • Ensuring design for manufacturability -- effective and limited tool trials and production runs without issue
  • Helping develop and build strong supplier relationships
  • Standardizing tool design and process for cost-effectiveness and ease


Why Join Us

More great reasons to join our team.

Excellent Compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus opportunity, we offer a slate of benefits including medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts; and more.

Professional Development
CTS has a talent review process by which we help people develop and move along in their careers. We offer plenty of skill development programs, such as leadership training. Though this role could keep you satisfied for years to come, once you have proven yourself you might set your sights on other roles and/or career paths within the company.

Great Environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart, talented, and collaborative professionals. The team is fairly lean, and the pace is fast, but we believe in strong communication and are all dedicated to meeting our goals and objectives. It's a great environment, based on mutual respect, with a healthy team dynamic and a great deal of transparency.  

Growth Oriented
Company-wide, there is a tremendous effort being spent to drive growth. That means adding key resources and providing room for strong performers to make a name for themselves. Growth = opportunity to take on even greater responsibilities and advance. 


More Insight

If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional insight about the role, please read below.


More about the requirements
In addition to the qualifications listed under The Requirements, you will need the following core competencies and characteristics:

  • Self-motivated and driven to stay current with state-of-the-art tooling and molding methodologies that can add value to CTS
  • Able to identify, lead, and drive necessary changes
  • Planning needs to be done on a strategic basis
  • Needs to be able to communicate well, verbally and in writing
  • Strong presentation skills are required to launch teams, customers, and corporate officers


More about the role
In addition to the description of your duties under The Role, your major areas of responsibility will be to:

  • Manage multiple tooling projects
    • Organize work, assign new projects, and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Develop tooling concepts and solve tooling problems
    • Work with process engineering, tool design and tool room personnel to develop new tooling concepts. 
    • Leverage knowledge and ability to help solve problems that arise in production
    • Prototype tools through a structured problem-solving methodology.
  • Manage tool design and build activities
    • Responsible for quoting molds, dies, prototype tools and replacement tooling
    • Work with outside vendors to quote, design and build tools used in CTS Automotive facilities 
    • Review mold flow analysis to reduce to minimal tool tuning loops 
  • Develop global suppliers
    • Direct and manage the selection/evaluation process of tooling suppliers along with support from the purchasing organization
    • Work with Purchasing and appropriate personnel to assess and qualify viable suppliers worldwide by benchmarking costs internal vs. external to choose the optimal approach 
  • Oversee budgets, spending and administration
    • Direct and approve the development of budgets for all areas of tooling departmental services. 
    • Lead the support group in the identification of cost reduction opportunities and real-time spending adjustments in accordance with the business environment
  • Drive the standardization of the mold tooling and mold process
    • Lead the standardization of new tooling and works to improve existing tooling to align with those standards. 
    • Lead molding process standardization across the business units
  • Support SBU strategic planning
    • Participate in the automotive SBU strategic planning objectives by creating tactical plans that support the corporate goals, objectives, and initiatives.


More about your success
Those who thrive in our organization are friendly and approachable team players who are also self-driven to deliver their best work daily and inspire the best work from their colleagues. They are skilled and curious, natural thinkers who are compelled to increase their knowledge and continually add value through their contributions. We're looking for someone who doesn't just want their next job but wants to build a career with CTS . . . someone who is wired to excel, invigorated by accomplishment, and comes in every day thinking about what s/he can do to help the company succeed.

In addition, to be an outstanding Global Advanced Tooling and Molding Manager, you will be:

  • A self-motivated, self-starter who is reliable and dedicated to the work
  • Able to learn from errors and build effective processes
  • Skilled at influencing others without direct authority
  • A strong communicator with the ability to both share knowledge/ideas and assimilate information from others
  • Open-minded, flexible, and adaptable
  • Organized and detail oriented while also being strategic with long-range vision


This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.


United States 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.
United States Additional Considerations 
It is unlawful in all states where the Company operates, including Massachusetts, to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates applicable laws may be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability. The Company does not require a lie detector test as a condition of employment nor continued employment.  

Applicants must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States.

No agencies, please. We do not accept any unsolicited resumes and are not looking to engage an agency. We receive inquiries from agencies daily. Do not direct any inquiries or emails to hiring managers. It is not our standard practice to utilize agencies; we are a federal contractor and need to comply with the same process for all. 
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Job Type:  Full-Time

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