Eaton Corporation Operational Excellence Manager in Horseheads, New York

Eaton’s Power Components Division is seeking an Operational Excellence (OPEX) Manager. The OPEX Manager will be based at our Horseheads, NY facility.

Position Overview:

The OPEX Manager will direct activities associated with engineering and Continuous Improvement (CI) including activities of the site lean coordinator and CIF tool champions to achieve plant-wide improvements; outcome business results, and target assessment scores. Direct the training of the CIF tool experts in the details of all tools, and the Kaizen event methodology.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Implement Operational Excellence through the Eaton Business System using Eaton Business Excellence criteria and Eaton Lean Six Sigma methodology.

  • Direct the site lean coordinator and lean tool champions to ensure the achievement of business results and corporate goals for the ELSS assessment process.

  • Identify and prioritize engineering projects and Lean events based on VSM results and gap analysis. Drive projects to successful completion as defined by improvements in plant processes and metrics. Lead and/or participate in Kaizen events within Horseheads and Eaton.

  • Manage, direct, and coordinate the CI and manufacturing engineering function to ensure the achievement of plant goals with a specific focus on safety, productivity, quality, customer metrics and cost out. Key goals are the elimination of waste in the value stream, lead time-reduction, improve first pass yield and achieve overall scrap reduction.

  • Manage manufacturing engineers and engineering supervisors. Provide overall leadership and direction for this group. Establish and track meaningful goals for this department in alignment with the Eaton Business System and Horseheads plant goals.

  • Ensure vacuum interrupter product line manufacturing processes are standardized and consistently deployed. Identify and implement new materials, equipment, processes, technology, and procedures to enhance and improve the product line and its manufacturing processes.

  • Manage the capacity analysis, capital planning process and execution of the annual capital plan for vacuum interrupter manufacturing in Horseheads. Prepare and manage the Horseheads manufacturing engineering department budget. Participate in the Strategic Planning by preparing 5-year Quality, Manufacturing Technology, Lean and Capital plans.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a Manufacturing environment.

  • Minimum 2 years of management experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Manufacturing from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a Manufacturing environment.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification.

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: Operational Excellence

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: EPG CPD PCD Power Components 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?: Relocation from within United States and / or Puerto Rico

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time