Eaton Corporation Director- Global Communications, Industrial Sector in Cleveland, Ohio

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Human Resources - Industrial Sector, the Director, Global Communications for the Industrial Sector is responsible for the development and execution of internal and external communication strategies that align with and support Eaton’s business objectives. The position’s span of control includes employee communications and engagement, executive thought leadership activities and support, public relations, media relations, social media, issues management, agency management, and branding.

The Director, Global Communications will bring a global perspective to this role and collaborate closely with a wide range of stakeholders across the enterprise, including but not limited to; Executive leadership, corporate and electrical communications teams, human resources, legal, marketing communications, business unit leadership and personnel, sales, service suppliers and other stakeholders to achieve business objectives.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working collaboratively to build strong relationships inside and outside the company, drive to contribute new and creative ideas and will need to be viewed as a trusted and respected advisor to Executive leadership.



  • Partner with the Chief Operating Officer to design, write and deploy all communications from the COO office.

  • Lead the planning, development and execution of an integrated sector communications strategy. This includes developing a clear, concise and consistent messages reinforcing the sector and company priorities and ensuring a regular cadence of communications to motivate, inform and engage associates.

  • Write, edit and oversee the development of communications materials including communications plans, press releases, talking points and FAQs. Work closely with the key business and functional leaders to ensure communication priorities are addressed.

  • Lead and manage the sector’s communications teams, which includes a Digital Center of Excellence, Events Management, Aerospace Marketing Communications, and Business Communications for Hydraulics Group. Establishes annual objectives for the team and directs the development, execution and evaluation of communications plans and programs to support the achievement of team objectives.

  • Anticipate, effectively manage and resolve issues with the potential for generating unplanned media attention and or impact on company reputation.

  • Promote collaboration and teamwork across the communications team and build and maintain strong relationships with communications leaders and their teams in business units and key corporate functions.

  • Counsel and coach business leaders on effective communications. Includes partnering on speeches, videos, presentation, thought leadership, social media strategies and issues management.

  • Oversee the development and execution of an editorial content strategy focused on creating and sustaining an ongoing dialog with target audiences

  • Provides functional leadership for Sector Marketing Communications teams.


  • Bachelor Degree in journalism, communications, marketing or English; Master’s degree preferred

  • Minimum 15 years’ experience in communications leadership roles in a corporation or PR agency setting. Management of people experience preferred

  • Proven track record of successfully establishing and managing communications programs

  • Strategic thinker and planner, able to lead and engage in planning processes, establish priorities and evaluate results

  • Substantial and demonstrated experience working directly with executive leaders - executive presence, confidence and credibility.

  • Expertise in employee communications, social media strategies, thought leadership activities, public and community relations, speech writing, media relations, issues management, digital marketing communications, and event management.

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate strategies and messages clearly and concisely.

  • Must be a self-starter, with energy and enthusiasm.

  • Recent and consistent record of effective strategic planning.

  • Ability to successfully manage, influence or develop high performance, dispersed teams.

  • A high functioning multi-tasker, with effective organizational habits and superior attention to detail.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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Job: Communications

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: Industrial Sector

Job Level: Director

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?: Relocation from within hiring country only

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time