Eaton Careers

Plant Manager

Hengelo, Netherlands
Manufacturing & Operations


Job Description

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit


Would you like to make a difference? Do you want to work for a global and ethical company? Join us and help us provide energy-efficient solutions that make a real impact. We make what matters work. To find out more about us check:


For our ESS Systems & Solutions Business Unit, part of the Power Distribution Division EMEA, we are looking for a: 


Plant Manager Hengelo - EES - Power Distribution Division

Location: Hengelo, Netherlands



Our Hengelo site employs around 600 people excluding our temporary staff. Our product portfolio covers medium voltage and low voltage systems & services for switching, distributing and protecting electrical energy for a data-center, hospital, heavy industry or oil & gas platform.


As Plant Manager Hengelo you will manage and direct plant operations, including the key manufacturing processes of the plant. Furthermore, you will lead the plant’s strategic planning/execution processes and commitment to building organizational capability. You are responsible for supporting positive employee relations and you are the “face of Eaton” both within the facility as well as in the community.

You will work within the local Operations Management Team in Hengelo, Divisional Leadership team and other senior Leaders within and outside Eaton.



Essential functions:

  • Ensure an effective implementation of all logistic activities, particularly in the materials management, controlling, logistics and HR management.

  • Represent the corporation in community service and professional organizations.

  • Conduct meetings on a regular basis with employees to ensure communication of operational objectives and has regular contact to the local works council.

  • Recruit, motivate and develop plant staff level personnel for job enrichment and promotional opportunities.

  • Conduct scheduled Management Reviews to review prior performance and to plan future activities. Assure prompt and accurate reporting systems

  • Participate in employee representative consultations, pay talks and other union related obligations as needed.

  • Ensure the deployment of the Eaton Business System and lean tools throughout the plant. Develop and implement improvements in production methods, standards and procedures to ensure effective use of resources.

  • Leverages resources and motivates manufacturing employees in order to create a high performance work culture.

  • Review the plant safety program to minimize employee risk and injury. Provide a safe working environment.


  • Bachelor degree in technical field. Master degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and/or Business/General Management, MBA preferred.

  • At least 10 year experience in management and leadership of complex site operations.

  • Understanding key financial metrics, strong analytical and strategic thinking skills

  • Operational knowledge and special experiences in manufacturing & engineering processes, Lean Production and Lean Management understanding.

  • Credible and influencing leadership and strong work Ethics and standards

  • International exposure preferred; previous supervisory and international management experience is a plus;

  • High degree of organizational skills; ability to plan, organize, build effective teams and drive for results.

  • Strong communication skills, intercultural awareness and ability to work with and motivate people not reporting directly.

  • Highly motivated team player with hands-on mentality and managerial courage

  • Change Management agent and competent decision maker

  • Strong language capability in English and Dutch/German preferred.


What Eaton offers:

  • Contract in fast growing global company

  • Excellent working environment – safety and ethic are really important for us.

  • Culture& Values – We are more than the products we invent and produce – the way we do business is just as important. At Eaton, our values and culture define who we are – both individually and as an organization – and direct our activities every day.

  • Inclusion& Diversity - Openness to diversity widens our access to the best talent. Inclusion allows us to engage that talent fully.



About Eaton:

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. At Eaton, we see things differently.

We see opportunities to innovate, go above and beyond, and we work hard because what we do reflects who we are. If you see things differently—if you’re determined, motivated and focused on improving the world around you—then it’s time to see where a career at Eaton can take you.

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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: Manufacturing & Operations

Region: Europe, Middle East, Africa
Organization: ESSD Electrical Solutions and Services Div EMEA

Job Level: Director
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 region only
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 067706