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OPEX Manager

Greenwood, South Carolina
Operational Excellence


Job Description

Eaton has an immediate opening for an OPEX Manager located in Greenwood, SC.
Plans, develops, directs and coordinates the Eaton Lean System, OpA and CIF integration and 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, maintenance and EBS deployment. Oversee the repairs and upgrades to equipment, property, grounds and plant operating systems.
Essential Functions:
  • 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  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 leadership to the manufacturing engineering team and delivers continuous improvement through scheduled Rapid Improvement Events.   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, 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.
  • Insures 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.
  • 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 university.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a Manufacturing or Operations Environment.
  • 2 Years of prior experience with Lean, Continuous Improvement or Operational Excellence.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship.
Position Criteria:
  • Robust analytical skills and understanding of problem solving techniques for a dynamic work environment 8D, balanced scorecard, and goal setting.
  • Strong knowledge of business systems and visual factory requirements to support manufacturing excellence required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop Continuous Improvement strategies that align with long term vision of organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers and company personnel at all management, professional, and technical levels.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Black Belt Certification.
  • Prior experience with managing people.
  • EBEA/OpA Assessor.
  • Advanced degree in business administration or engineering.
  • Project Management experience
  • Proven success in driving cost out activities
  • Visual factory implementation
  • Malcolm Baldrige

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: ESSG CPSD PRD Power Reliability 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

Requisition ID: 043332