Eaton Corporation VAVE Manager in Galesburg, Michigan

Eaton’s Vehicle Division is seeking a VAVE Manager. The VAVE Manager will be based in Galesburg, MI.

Positon Overview:

The VAVE Manager will be responsible for leading\managing a group that creatively designs and/or develops economical and technical solutions to achieve value analysis/value engineering objectives. Ability to lead larger scale engineering projects. Provide technical direction to the team as required. Assumes ownership of projects and drives them to completion.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Apply technical expertise to design, develop, and manage new products or re-design and develop current products. Apply established engineering processes to complete project requirements. Lead engineering process improvement

  • Generate and executes ideas to improve product performance and reduce product cost through application of new technologies, materials and manufacturing processes.

  • Execute technical deliverables within the PROLaunch development process. Lead completion of technical deliverables at the “Major Repeater” risk classification and potentially function as the Program Manager for smaller “runner” projects.

  • Develop and implement design requirements, specifications, and guidelines as well as test procedures and plans.

  • Manage and conduct design reviews to monitor and report project activity, and serve as design review lead for other projects within the engineering department.

  • Develop and apply statistical and analytical tools and models towards effective problem-solving and completion of project activities. Resolve technical issues based on engineering and root cause analysis.

  • Lead new component/system design development with external suppliers, establishing technical requirements and criteria for achievement while managing the groups budget.

  • Obtain, communicate, and include the needs of plants, OEMs, end users, and other functional groups while managing new product requirements.

  • Direct and support other engineering resources for timely completion of project objectives.

  • Utilize Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Enovia tool for product changes. Communicate product changes to plants, OEMs, and other functional groups.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 7 years of engineering experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in design of machine elements, electro-mechanical system analysis, driveline knowledge, and analytical modeling.

  • 7-10 years’ experience in/or strong knowledge of, heavy-duty truck or automotive drivetrain/powertrain systems and/or components.

  • DFSS Black Belt certification.

Position Criteria:

  • Advanced understanding of driveline functionality and components.

  • Individual must possess good statistical analysis skills in the mechanical or electrical discipline.

  • Working knowledge of project management processes.

  • Demonstrated advanced mechanical or electrical design capability on components and integration into complex assembled such as transmissions or other driveline components.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully executing new product development projects through implementation.

  • Demonstrated experience applying DFSS tools and methodology. DFSS Green Belt certification.

  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate with all project stakeholders

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Job: Engineering

Region: North America – Canada

Organization: VEH PDMP NXTGN

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?: Relocation from within hiring country only

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

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