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Title:  Principal Global MFG Engineer- Process Development

Everyone communicates. It’s the essence of the human experience. How we communicate is evolving. Technology is reshaping the way we live, learn and thrive. The epicenter of this transformation is the network—our passion. Our experts are rethinking the purpose, role and usage of networks to help our customers increase bandwidth, expand capacity, enhance efficiency, speed deployment and simplify migration. From remote cell sites to massive sports arenas, from busy airports to state-of-the-art data centers— we provide the essential expertise and vital infrastructure your business needs to succeed. The world’s most advanced networks rely on CommScope connectivity.

CommScope is hiring a Principal Global Manufacturing Engineer in Catawba, NC

Position Summary:

Principal level Global Manufacturing Engineer is focused on the NCC Network Connectivity business.  Work within the Global Manufacturing Engineering organization to be a key team member on a cross functional development team responsible for multiple product launches per year.  High visibility position across top leadership within Commscope.  Ability to work and grow technical skills in a team environment and be a part of the Modular Architecture transformation within the NCC portfolio.

Potential benefits:

  • Opportunity to work on one of the highest visibility projects in the company for the next 3+ years.  It is part of our core strategic initiatives, and executive support abounds.
  • Access to a global team that has a direct impact on the design of all future NCC Connectivity for CommScope.  It is rare to get to start over with designing products, and even rarer to be a part of it from the beginning.
  • Opportunity to lead the Manufacturing Engineering team responsible for a product family and provide design guidance and manufacturing guidance from the beginning.
  • Opportunity to make new connections and relationships within the company, not currently within reach.
  • Opportunity to learn more about how products are used, the different products CommScope makes, different manufacturing techniques, different ways to run plants, and what future technologies could help us in manufacturing.
  • Opportunity to become more marketable for future advancement and growth by being a part of this team.  Exposure to high levels of the company is common, and it is very beneficial for them to learn your name, especially if you do a great job.



  1. Participate on a cross functional development team responsible for multiple product launches per year. Apply lean concepts, knowledge of existing manufacturing capability, design for manufacturing, and design for Six Sigma experience to guide the team to a robust design.
  2. Review Make vs Buy for each new component requested by R&D.  Ensure regional availability, working with NPI Procurement, and ensure the standard component database is used by R&D to select appropriate fasteners.
  3. Develop process steps, cycle times, costs, line balancing, operators needed per module assembly or groups of modules. 
    1. Analyze the grouping of modules made by the team to determine where the best division should be between pre-assembly and final assembly
    2. Develop creative ideas for transportation and internal logistics of Kanban’s, materials, assemblies, process lines, material handling to enable <1min changeovers. Production layouts.  Includes space requirements.
    3. Define Kanban locations, bin levels, RM storage, WIP storage, FG storage.  The expectation is minimal operator involvement, and visual/automatic Kanban refills
    4. Define the process map with assembly times number of operators, line balancing, skills needed, assembly Mfg processes needed (e.g. welding) and other tools. 
    5. Define and develop tool lists, and a creative way to keep up with them.  Create support documentation and assist in the creation of work instructions to use the tools. This includes ideas on how to improve the cycle times using the tools, and ideas on how to eliminate the tools using automation.
    6. Develop the packaging strategy for modules and final assembly.  End of line vs packaging station
  4. Develop templates for CommScope to use on future modules/products.
    1. Design for manufacturing and feedback to R&D
    2. Design for Six Sigma and feedback to R&D
    3. PFMEA and feedback to R&D
    4. Design Costing
    5. Module design / layout
    6. Final assembly design/ layout
    7. Lessons learned
  5. Work with the Global team to develop concepts for the assembly line for the future.  Looking also to be modular and highly flexible to allow for changing demand and our space constraints.
  6. Determine how best to eliminate all paper from the line and most operator inputs.  Work instructions, continuous process checks, process data, and production data need to be very operator independent.
  7. Facilitate the handoff of the product designs to the local teams for production ramp up.



  • Estimated at 30%-50% travel but the need to be flexible. 


Reporting Structure:

  • Will report into the NCC Global Manufacturing Engineering team



  • BA/BS degree with 12 yrs of experience or Masters Degree with 8 years of experience. Engineering Degree preferred
  • Proven product knowledge around fiber optic connectorization and cable assembly and technical/innovation skills
  • Effective problem solver which makes an impact to the bottom line
  • Proven leadership skills that can effectively communicate across organization
  • Lean Six Sigma experience preferred


Skills needed:

  • Deep understanding of Fiber products, manufacturing processes, and assembly processes
  • Experience using Lean manufacturing tools, DFM, LDSS, PFMEA with an eye for manufacturing simplicity
  • Experience with the NPI process and working with a cross functional, multi-cultural team.
  • Experience with streamlining supply chain for raw material and intra/inter-plant supply.
  • Ability to form cohesive relationships across Global sites and leadership functions to find ways on “How we can make it happen” approach.

It is the policy of CommScope to provide Equal Employment Opportunities to all individuals based on merit, qualifications and abilities. CommScope does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, age or any other characteristics as protected by law. Furthermore, this contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities.


Nearest Major Market: Hickory

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