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Eaton Corporation Operational Excellence Manager in Pinckneyville, Illinois

Eaton’s BLine division is currently seeking an Operational Excellence Manager to join our team. This position is based at our Pinckneyville, IL facility.

Position Overview:

The Operational Excellence Manager is responsible for planning, developing, directing and coordinating the Continuous Improvement strategy, which includes deployment, training and mentoring of Eaton Lean System, OpA and CIF integration. Coordinates and drives cost out for the facility. Aligns all programs to ensure the strategic business initiatives and the daily safety, quality, delivery, productivity and inventory results are achieved. Manages and guides activities to deliver process improvements for operations and engineering departments. Guides, directs and monitors all activities associated with the plant engineering, quality control and EBS deployment.

Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

In this function, you will:

  • Acts as the on-site Eaton Lean System / Six Sigma expert, trainer and mentor. Drives the development of future state plans, manufacturing strategies, cross-functional processes, and the establishment of uniform policies and procedures.

  • Implements Eaton Lean System (Lean Manufacturing) techniques throughout the plant and division as required.

  • Monitors overall plant performance toward plant and division objectives for Cost Out activities, including sourcing, design engineering and labor productivity activities. Works with ELSS, VAVE, OpA and ProLaunch champions to drive improvements to meet profit plan and strategic plan initiatives. Creates action plans and follows-up on work assignments based on these activities.

  • Assists in the day-to-day manufacturing activities by making determinations regarding the applications of ELSS principles, using those principles to make improvements in processes.

  • Provides and secures specific training in tools for new tool champions / experts to meet strategic plans.

  • Oversees the quality control team, working with quality leaders and improving overall quality functions within the plant

  • Works with manufacturing, quality, supply chain, finance and marketing to identify Lean, Constraint Management and Six Sigma tool application opportunities as input to the profit plan and strategic planning processes.

  • Supports and provides guidance to the VSM teams to ensure all A3 actions / active bursts meet business case needs, have established plans to meet completion timelines in the business case and have identified and are monitoring progress of key metrics from the business case.

  • Ensures that the appropriate MESH processes are used in all lean activities.

  • Facilitates kaizen/RIE events as required, especially for more advanced applications of ELSS tools or as part of training new tool facilitators.

  • Advises, assists and consults with the plant manager and other staff personnel on technical matters affecting the operation or efficiency of the plant.

  • Leads the capital expense planning and utilization strategy for the facility. Coordinates the capital planning process with an emphasis on Infrastructure and Productivity.

  • Assures that all new processes and equipment are reviewed during the planning process to ensure employee safety when implemented. Also assures that all new processes and equipment are reviewed for compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Coordinate all applicable quality alerts and inform all stakeholders.

  • Drive continuous improvement on the shop floor, including opportunities to improve Quality, Productivity, and cost reduction

  • May require incumbent to support multiple product lines and a wide variety of assembly processes

  • Fosters an environment that promotes Eaton’s goals, philosophies, and encourages continuous improvement through participation and teamwork

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Manufacturing or Operations Environment

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in Lean, Continuous Improvement or Operational Excellence

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Only candidates currently located within a 50 mile radius of Pinckneyville, IL, will be considered. Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification

  • Prior experience managing people

  • OpA Assessor LEAN implementation experience

  • Experience in coordinating physical inventory

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Operational Excellence

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: EPG BLD BLine Division

Job Level: Manager

Schedule: Full-time

Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No

Does this position offer relocation?: No

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.