Jennifer Coleman
Jennifer Coleman
I enjoy working at TE because of our commitment to unleash people’s potential through inclusion and development. It is more than a nice sounding slogan as there are actions to back up the words.

Jennifer joined TE Connectivity in 2013 and is currently the Director of Internal Audit. Prior to joining Internal Audit, she led an initiative to standardize product costing for the Transportation Solutions Segment. One of her favorite aspects about being a part of TE is the ability to work with individuals from around the world. Before joining TE, Jennifer spent her career working in various financial management positions at the Business Unit, Segment, and Corporate level for a manufacturing company. Jennifer holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Wayne State University.

Describe a change early in your career that shifted your goals and expectations.

When I started in the technology industry, my first two positions were in financial planning and analysis (FP&A). This was challenging because certain sectors were experiencing difficult times, financially. However, the positions were comfortable because FP&A is what I knew. When I first was offered a finance position working with products for a business unit, I was terrified of this new experience and feared failure. I felt as a finance person, I was not well versed in the products nor manufacturing operations. Looking back, accepting that first position outside of my comfort zone was the best decision I could have made. I quickly learned that I did not need an engineering background to help make a difference. The willingness to learn about the products and determine how to financially support making key decisions is what was needed. From then on, every position I accepted was outside of my comfort zone. This enabled me to accept challenging assignments even when I was not 100% confident I would be successful. To this day, I still take advantage when challenging opportunities are presented because I have come to realize that you learn and grow from your failures as well as your successes.

The ideas that are generated and initiatives that can be accomplished when you are able to surround yourself and bring together people from different countries with different experiences always amazes me.
Jennifer Coleman,
Director of Internal Audit

How can mentoring help encourage young women to pursue careers in engineering and leadership?

Finding mentors early in my career that I respected and trusted was definitely a key component to my development. I had two mentors in particular that saw something in me that I did not see in myself, many times. Their encouragement for me to take chances helped me to grow. In addition, it is always a great personal benefit to be able to ask for help on how to navigate challenging work situations and gain career advice from people you trust. I am an active participant in TE’s employee resource group, Women in Networking (WIN). There are unique challenges women may face in industries that are traditionally male dominant. The TE WIN organization helps to support women and reinforce confidence that your goals and aspirations can be achieved under any circumstance.

Why TE?

I enjoy working at TE because of our commitment to unleash people’s potential thru inclusion and development. It is more than a nice sounding slogan as there are actions to back up the words. An example is the employee resource groups that provide support, professional development and leadership opportunities which facilitates employees to reach their fullest potential.

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

What I love most about my current role is the global nature of my department. The ideas that are generated and initiatives that can be accomplished when you are able to surround yourself and bring together people from different countries with different experiences always amazes me. I am very proud of my diverse team and their commitment to make a difference. They truly inspire me to continuously work to improve myself, my department as well at TE as a whole.

What inspired you to pursue a career with a global technology company?

I was a finance major and spent the first couple years of my career working for a financing company. I decided to make a change because I wanted to work closer with tangible products. I was looking for an industry that required innovation from highly skilled engineers because I wanted to be part of a dynamic environment. I believed the technology industry would provide me exposure to tangible projects that required consistent change to grow and succeed in the market. The product development side for products still excites me to this day and I enjoy working as a collaborative finance business partner with incredibly innovative engineers.

Jennifer Coleman
Jennifer Coleman
I enjoy working at TE because of our commitment to unleash people’s potential through inclusion and development. It is more than a nice sounding slogan as there are actions to back up the words.

Jennifer joined TE Connectivity in 2013 and is currently the Director of Internal Audit. Prior to joining Internal Audit, she led an initiative to standardize product costing for the Transportation Solutions Segment. One of her favorite aspects about being a part of TE is the ability to work with individuals from around the world. Before joining TE, Jennifer spent her career working in various financial management positions at the Business Unit, Segment, and Corporate level for a manufacturing company. Jennifer holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Wayne State University.

Describe a change early in your career that shifted your goals and expectations.

When I started in the technology industry, my first two positions were in financial planning and analysis (FP&A). This was challenging because certain sectors were experiencing difficult times, financially. However, the positions were comfortable because FP&A is what I knew. When I first was offered a finance position working with products for a business unit, I was terrified of this new experience and feared failure. I felt as a finance person, I was not well versed in the products nor manufacturing operations. Looking back, accepting that first position outside of my comfort zone was the best decision I could have made. I quickly learned that I did not need an engineering background to help make a difference. The willingness to learn about the products and determine how to financially support making key decisions is what was needed. From then on, every position I accepted was outside of my comfort zone. This enabled me to accept challenging assignments even when I was not 100% confident I would be successful. To this day, I still take advantage when challenging opportunities are presented because I have come to realize that you learn and grow from your failures as well as your successes.

The ideas that are generated and initiatives that can be accomplished when you are able to surround yourself and bring together people from different countries with different experiences always amazes me.
Jennifer Coleman,
Director of Internal Audit

How can mentoring help encourage young women to pursue careers in engineering and leadership?

Finding mentors early in my career that I respected and trusted was definitely a key component to my development. I had two mentors in particular that saw something in me that I did not see in myself, many times. Their encouragement for me to take chances helped me to grow. In addition, it is always a great personal benefit to be able to ask for help on how to navigate challenging work situations and gain career advice from people you trust. I am an active participant in TE’s employee resource group, Women in Networking (WIN). There are unique challenges women may face in industries that are traditionally male dominant. The TE WIN organization helps to support women and reinforce confidence that your goals and aspirations can be achieved under any circumstance.

Why TE?

I enjoy working at TE because of our commitment to unleash people’s potential thru inclusion and development. It is more than a nice sounding slogan as there are actions to back up the words. An example is the employee resource groups that provide support, professional development and leadership opportunities which facilitates employees to reach their fullest potential.

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

What I love most about my current role is the global nature of my department. The ideas that are generated and initiatives that can be accomplished when you are able to surround yourself and bring together people from different countries with different experiences always amazes me. I am very proud of my diverse team and their commitment to make a difference. They truly inspire me to continuously work to improve myself, my department as well at TE as a whole.

What inspired you to pursue a career with a global technology company?

I was a finance major and spent the first couple years of my career working for a financing company. I decided to make a change because I wanted to work closer with tangible products. I was looking for an industry that required innovation from highly skilled engineers because I wanted to be part of a dynamic environment. I believed the technology industry would provide me exposure to tangible projects that required consistent change to grow and succeed in the market. The product development side for products still excites me to this day and I enjoy working as a collaborative finance business partner with incredibly innovative engineers.