Team Lead
Spring Hill, TN 
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Job Description

Job Description

Leading the team to succeed, the Team Leader has several key responsibilities for their designated work area and assigned
shift which include: serving as a support resource, leading "5-7" Team Members to meet production schedules, facilitating
the safe and productive manufacture of high quality products, effectively driving and maintaining the standardized work
process; training Team Members in the proper method; and helping the team to succeed in an environment based on BOS,
continuous improvement, Lean manufacturing, and 5-S. Key characteristics of a successful Team Leader are problemsolving,
coaching and eliminating waste in the organization by responding to abnormalities and following the TMS
philosophy. It is anticipated that this position will devote approximately 95% of scheduled production time on the shop
floor within their assigned area of responsibility.
* Reviews plant safety communications with all Team Members per plant guidelines.
* Demonstrates a critical eye for safety by maintaining a physically and professionally safe work environment.
* Champions and promotes the plant's safety policies and procedures by adopting the Tenneco safety culture while
proactively observing activities in their area of responsibility for future safety risks.
* Leads by example in promoting safety practices and policies, including but not limited to, initiating start-of-shift
stretches, wearing proper PPE, and holding all Team Members accountable for wearing theirs; following LOTO
procedures; reminding the team about the importance of Hazcom labels (present, correct and legible data) and
MSDS information.
* Supports root cause accident investigation within their assigned area of responsibility.
* Surfaces all team member injuries and/or illnesses to Group Leader.
* Observes Team Members' techniques as they perform the job functions and counter measures any awkward or
unnecessary movements. Collaborates with the Group Leader and/or EH&S coordinator to continuously improve
the ergonomics of the work.
5-S Process:
* Daily promotes the 5-S Process for their area of responsibility.
* Continually evaluates the 5-S condition by observing the process area and follows-up on abnormalities.
* Completes any 5-S documentation and records as required by the 5-S plan.
Standardized Work:
* Team Leaders or their assigned designee trains the Team Members in Standardized Work practices and follows up
on any concerns that arise, actively observing Team Members' techniques or methods that potentially improve the
standardized work.
* Leads by example to ensure consistency of standardized work by all Team Members.
* Coordinates the "continuous improvement" of Standardized Work and follows up to ensure changes are made or
abnormalities are resolved.
* Adheres to the ongoing use of the yellow card audit system
* Assesses Team Members adherence to standardized work, updates and revises standardized work (as necessary),
and completes the standardized work training matrix to document all training.
Job Instruction Methodology (JIM) Training:
* Trains using the JIM: 1) Prepare the team member; 2) Present the operation to the team member; 3) Allow the team
member to try out the operation;, and 4) provide coaching and follow up.
* Creates job breakdown sheets and standardize work processes with the team.
* Provides department/new hire orientation as required for replacements.
* Communicates with the next shift any and all issues/concerns resulting from your shift's operations.
* Provides timely and effective feedback to help Team Members to strengthen specific skill areas needed to
accomplish a task or solve a problem.
* Leads daily start of shift glass wall team meeting to share information concerning safety, quality, inventory,
production schedules, etc.
* Listens and talks to the Team Members to get a better sense of their concerns and issues.
* Escalates issues and/or successes of the cell to the Group Leader as necessary.
* Maintains the glass wall according to Tenneco's global standard.
* Completes required paper work such as production records and charts, quality information and logbook for shift-toshift
Production Output:
* Monitors the hourly production board to keep abreast of the current production rate.
* Responds as primary support to team member calls when needed and to avoid a line stop.
* Completes required paperwork such as production record charts, quality information and the logbook for shift-toshift
Cell Operations (Product, Equipment, Quality):
* Confirms quality of materials and finished goods.
* Responds immediately when product abnormalities occur, solves the problem or escalates to Group Leader per
plant process.
* Ensures set-up and operation of equipment in accordance with production procedures and processes.
* Provides first response to line problems, documents problems, resolves when possible, follows up with resources to
assure that the problem is corrected.
* Coaches Team Members to maintain compliance with process standards.
* Continuously monitors and manages nonproductive time in the cell (changeover, downtime)
* Monitors the usage of consumables in area of responsibility.
* Identifies defects and suspect material and escalates to the Group Leader to coordinate the appropriate disposition
and elimination of scrap.
* Ensures adherence to the predefined quality process for escalation of quality issues.
* Ensures process is followed for validation of Poka Yoke functionality within area of responsibility.
* Confirms that Team Members are completing required quality and machine checks.
Problem Solving / Philosophy:
* Leads actions to countermeasure a problem's root cause, monitors the results and standardizes the changes made to
correct the problem.
* Proactively resolves problems in the cell and when necessary escalate per plant process.
* "Go see" and observes problems first hand, investigates and ensures an effective understanding of the facts/data.
* Solves problems utilizing the "scientific method."
* Deepens process learning through rapid low-cost trials/experiments to solve problems.
* Leads and mentors the team to continuously improve their processes towards True North and strive to eliminate
waste in the process.
* Develops, supports and monitors activities that foster teamwork within the group.
* Coordinates job assignments based on production needs and/or attendance concerns.
* Analyzes work balance to eliminate waste.
* Builds cross functional working relationships to achieve work and team goals.
* Supports a positive work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination or other unlawful practices.
* Immediately escalates any unlawful or improper practices to their Group Leader and or Human Resources.
A. Education/Experience:
* High school diploma or GED equivalent are required, desire to pursue higher education is encouraged.
* Working knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, and SAP preferred.
* Industrial or manufacturing experience with 12 month shop floor operations experience preferred.
B. Requirements
* Must possess knowledge to read, write, and perform basic math skills (includes basic algebra, fractions, geometry).
* Must have the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram forms.
* Ability to operate, troubleshoot, make minor adjustments and/or perform preventive maintenance on metal bending,
welding, forming, fabrication, and assembly equipment would be beneficial.
* Experience in effective use of quality control gauges/equipment, inventory systems, blueprint interpretation,
computer applications, and SPC charting where applicable.
* Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure
* Ability to prepare routine reports and correspondence.
C. Behavioral Competencies
* Decision Making
* Driving for Results
* Coaching
* Building Trust
* Tenacity
* Continuous Improvement
* Facilitating Change
* Communication
D. Environmental, Physical and Social Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.
* The employee is regularly required to stand in place for long periods of time and uses dexterity of hands to handle
and feel materials.
* Ability to communicate effectively.
* The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
* The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and may occasionally lift and/or move more weight
with the safety assistance of another employee.
* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception,
and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing
the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.
* Regular exposure to moving mechanical parts.
* Occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles, liquids including oil, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and
* Noise levels in the work environment are usually loud, requiring hearing protection.
* Temperatures will vary in the factory (hot to cold).
* The work spaces will sometimes be somewhat crowded.
* Personal protective equipment is required in all manufacturing areas including, but not limited to, hearing and eye
protection, and steel-toed safety shoes.
E. Need For Driving or Travel
On rare or infrequent occasions, the manager may assign a short trip to travel by automobile or commercial carrier to attend
meetings, training, conferences, or customer visits or other plants.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
1 year
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