Eaton Corporation Operational Excellence Manager in Lincoln, Illinois

Eaton’s Electrical Division is seeking a Talented Operational Excellence Manager for the Lincoln, IL facility.

Position Overview:

Plans, develops, directs and coordinates the Eaton Lean System, OpA and CIF integration and coordinates and drives cost out for the facility .

Essential Functions:

  • Acts as the on-site Eaton Lean System / Six Sigma expert, trainer and mentor. Able to lead team to complete the internal ELSS Assessment.

  • 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 tool champions to drive key tool 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 leadership to the manufacturing engineering team and continuous improvement project engineers. Provides and secures specific training in tools for new tool champions / experts to meet strategic plans.

  • Assists in the gathering of implementation data for entry into the Cost Out System.

  • Works with manufacturing, quality, supply chain and finance 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.

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

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

  • Completes special assignments as directed by plant management or the RWWD Opex Sr. Manager.

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

  • 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

  • Appraises employee performance and administers salaries. Develop employees through training and motivation. Makes recommendations for salary increases, employee recognition and promotions. Counsels employees on performance issues.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required

  • 5 years of experience in a Manufacturing or Operations Environment

  • 2 years of prior Management experience

  • 2 years of prior experience with Lean or Continuous Improvement, or Operational Excellence

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Black Belt Certification

  • Master’s Degree

  • 6+ years of Manufacturing Experience

  • Prior experience with managing people

  • 3+ years of continuous improvement or Lean

  • Prior experience with leadership development within teams

  • Ability to execute organizational change

  • Strong working knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Principles.

  • Advanced knowledge of statistical training and measurement techniques.

  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes and principles.

  • Strong personal computing software skills, and systems abilities.

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 RWDD Residential Wiring Devices Div

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

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.