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Senior Associate, Operational Excellence

Job ID AS20210601-54726

L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


L3Harris Technologies, Electron Devices is currently seeking a Sr. Associate Operational Excellence in Torrance, CA. This role will help define operational and strategic operational excellence approaches to ensure business success by developing, sustaining and continuously improving business processes and customer satisfaction.

Roles and responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Automate processes involved in the manufacturing of travelling wave tube (TWTs)
  • Develop automated stations and/or instrument existing stations to allow for data acquisition
    • Determine what equipment to purchase to instrument station
    • Work with the facilities department to get the equipment installed
    • Write software to automate the station and capture relevant data electronically
    • Add to an existing web-based interface that pulls the data and displays data in a user-friendly format
  • Lead small-scale, cross-functional improvement events yielding savings and efficiency returns
  • Use of Lean tools defining gaps between current state / future state and create action plans
  • Analyze data and metric performance to prioritize improvement events that directly affect favorable division performance
  • Train, educate, and mentor in the use of improvement tools and methodologies.


  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum 2 years of current relevant experience in manufacturing environments, including improvement event facilitation, improvement coaching, and leading organization wide improvements.
  • Programming experience needed
  • Experience interfacing with equipment through software through a variety of interfaces (Ethernet, GPIB, Serial)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, Word) skills required

Preferred Skills

  • 2+ years in electronic manufacturing environments
  • Lean and or six sigma training
  • Desired programming languages: Visual Basic .NET, SQL, PHP, Javascript, HTML, Python, LabView
  • Familiarity with Vacuum
  • Familiarity with PLCs
  • Experience with MRP systems and business financial measures

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.