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Operational Excellence (OpEx) Manager

Wilsonville, Oregon
Operational Excellence


Job Description

Eaton’s Power Distribution Division is currently seeking an Operational Excellence (OPEX) Manager. This position is based in Wilsonville, OR
The Operational Excellence (OPEX) Manager will implement continuous improvement of quality, lean and safety processes and controls for the Portland Power Center operations.  
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  • You will guide the development and management of stable manufacturing processes that are safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible by applying EBS, EQMS (quality), ELSS (Lean / six sigma), MESH (EHS) and other Eaton and industry best practices.
  • You will lead in improving and maintaining a Zero Incident Safety work culture and lead continuous improvement efforts. 
  • You will assist in training and development of personnel by identifying and leading kaizen events designed to provide continuous improvement to processes in product development, engineering, manufacturing, quality, and supply chain.  Additionally, maintain role as mentor and trainer to Production Supervisors in Lean concepts.
  • You will champion Cost Out through Eaton systems (EBS, ELSS, EQMS, MESH) and general process efficiency improvement activities to optimize the use of capital and human resources
  • You will improve productivity and achieve the cost of non-conformance (CONC) objectives and
    incorporate Lean enterprise philosophies and Six Sigma technologies.
  • You will oversee the ISO 9001, Eaton Business Excellence and OpA certification processes to maintain  certification status.
  • You will design, develop, justify and guide the installation of new equipment, tooling, processes and systems through appropriate procedures.  Ensuring the optimum manufacturing cost can be achieved and maintained.
  • You will oversee and coordinate facilities and maintenance for the Portland Power Center,
    coordinate the recruitment, selection, training, development, and performance reviews of direct report staff consisting of Warranty, Test and OpEx Technicians.
  • You will be responsible for collecting, analyzing and presenting OpEx key metrics to site’s leadership team on a monthly basis, lead monthly product line OpEx meetings (quality, continuous improvement, cost out)
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Required (Basic) Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or Supply Chain from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience in Manufacturing, Operations, Lean and/or Continuous Improvement.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.B.A. or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Quality
  • Professional Quality certifications (ex. CQE, CQA, CMBB, CMQ/OE)
  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams.
  • Prior work experience in different functions is preferred to ensure this CI Manager sees the linkages between functions, impact of functional decisions downstream and how multiple functions work within a value stream.
  • Knowledge of Eaton applications
  • 2 years previous management experience
  • strong business acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal and customer service skills
  • Strong data analytical skills Champions the Portland Power Center’s value-stream maps
  • Model the Eaton ethical conduct policy, the Eaton Values and Philosophy, and comply with all other corporate, plant, and regulatory policies and regulations as applicable.
  • Directly supervises approximately 7 skilled employees (OpEx Technicians, Warranty Technician, Quality / Test Technicians)
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Plant and/or Operations Manager in his/her absence
  • Benchmark other Eaton plants for best practices. Share local best practices with other Eaton locations.

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 PDCAD Power Distrib Control Assy 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 hiring country only
Travel: No

Requisition ID: 053544