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East Zone Project Operations Manager

Warrendale, Pennsylvania; Smyrna, Georgia; Hanover, Maryland; Rochester, New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; Mountainside, New Jersey


Job Description

Eaton's Electrical Services & Systems team offers a comprehensive portfolio of services tailored for every stage of a power system’s life cycle—whether it’s design, build, or support. Our services integrate and optimize the elements of a power system to make sure it’s aligned with a customers business goals. We strive to keep our customers power system safe, efficient, reliable, and up-to-date.


Eaton has one of the most experienced team of project engineers in the industry, with industry-standard software and advanced modeling and analysis capabilities at their fingertips. This multi-disciplinary team brings extensive skills, experience and design processes to project engineering in support of Eaton’s Project Operations business. Active participation in technical societies such as IEEE and collaboration with a variety of utilities and industries ensures that our engineers are knowledgeable about today’s cutting edge engineering techniques. We assist customers at every stage of the power system through asset modernization and new project design from power generation, to synchronous condensers, to substation and distribution substations, to renewable energy and smart grid engineering, and a wide range of other power focused projects.


The East Zone Project Operations Manager (ZPOM) is a consultative sales, marketing, and large project professional responsible for driving Eaton’s Electrical Sector’s success with a focused set on but not limited to large, complex Design/Build projects. 


Essential functions of this position include:   

  • Responsible to grow large projects and enhance Eaton’s position in their assigned Geographic Zone within North America.

  • Increase the net present value of Eaton’s relationship with our target customers by driving near-term revenue and positioning us for larger wins in the future. 

  • Responsible for tailoring, refining and carrying Eaton’s complete Project Operations Business Unit “Solution” to the customer and for establishing Eaton as the premiere electrical solutions provider in the industry. Projects will have specific focus on Industrial and Utility substations, Hydro-Electric dam modernization, equipment modernization, Micro-Grids, Synchronous Condensers and other complex electrical solutions.

  • Represents all of the electrical group’s products and services and to position us in an advantaged position for turnkey opportunities, lifecycle services, capital projects and maintenance/repair purchases. 

  • Supports the strategy for how we will grow the Project Operations business within their assigned North American Zone, and will play an instrumental role in evolving our overall national strategy. 

  • The Zone Project Operation Manager is responsible for supporting and managing their assigned Zone Organization to support the production and completion of the projects that has a volume of up to $50M, with a high degree of customer satisfaction and profitability. 

  • Cooperates with various other Zone Managers, Engineering Managers, District Managers and department leaders to share resources in order to maximize the output of all segments within the organization.

  • The responsibilities of this position include overseeing day-to-day operations of their assigned North American Zone for EESS’ Project Operations Business Unit, including resources/manpower, financials (Orders, Sales, Standard Margin and Zone Budget) and sales & marketing within the organization. 

  • The Zone Project Operations Manager will prepare plans, including schedules, financial forecasts, budgets and personnel requirements for solving major problems or tasks as required. 

  • The Zone Project Operations Manager is responsible for developing and implementing an approved profit plan for the BU, taking corrective action as required, within limits of authority, to meet overall goals. 

  • Maintain effective relationships with and service to the customer base while maintaining and growing the several existing multi-million dollar contracts. Identify and develop potential new business markets. Interface and coordinate with other plants, Zones and Districts within the company and outside vendors to procure parts and services for the operations. 

  • Assure an effective and skilled staff through recruiting, goal setting, communications, development, appraisal and conformance to applicable company policies. Assure the security and effective allocation of the company’s resources and assets. 

  • Maintain the image and reputation of the company in the community and regions. Keep current on the trends and significant issues in the local marketplace providing direction for the strategic planning process.

  • Manage a staff of 10-15 direct reports.  Assure an effective and skilled staff through recruiting, goal setting, communications, development, appraisal and conformance to applicable company policies. Assure the security and effective allocation of the company’s resources and assets. 


 Position criteria for this position include: 


  • Must possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver's license

  • Must be able to meet and maintain customer specific entrance requirements 

  • Must have strong troubleshooting skills and the ability to successfully work in a cross-functional/matrix organization.

  • Must possess the ability to work in a fast paced multi-discipline team environment and be able to handle multiple tasks concurrently. 

  • Must be proficient in the application, operation and support of engineering and maintenance of electrical distribution power systems and power quality emergency backup systems of all voltage classes; including but not limited to: commissioning of new switchgear, troubleshooting and diagnoses, repairs, preventative maintenance, modification of control schemes, electrical schematics and wiring diagrams.

  • Must demonstrate skills in communicating technical information to non-technical personnel, educating customers, and presenting information to internal and external customers.

  • Knowledge and experience of Project Management and able to complete projects on time.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 12 years’ experience in at least one of the following: Project Management, Project Engineering, or some combination of the two disciplines.

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

  • No relocation is provided. Candidate must reside within 50 miles of an Eaton location in the Eastern U.S.  Preferred locations are Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Mountainside, NJ, Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA, or Raleigh, NC. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Engineering, General Construction Companies, and turn-key projects

  • Experience writing proposals for multiple customer markets.

  • Experience with various contract types/vehicles 

  • PMP Certification

  • Professional Engineering License

  • General Contractors License

  • Electrical Contractor License

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: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: ESSG EESSD Electrical Engrg Svcs Systems 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?: No
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 062722