Should-Cost Program Manager

Job Description

Eaton Corporation is currently seeking a Should-Cost Program Manager to join our team. This position is based at our Southfield, MI facility.


Our supply chain management team creates bottom-line impact by driving cost management and operational benefits. Within our supply chain, The Should-Cost Program Manager works with category managers and suppliers to achieve cost reductions through deployment of Should-Cost methodology in supplier negotiations. This role will coordinate with Should-Cost COE to verify Should-Cost fact packs used for supplier negotiation and participates in supplier site visits to identify manufacturing processes in use against Should-Cost and verify Should-Cost opportunities.


Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

  • You will verify Should-Cost accuracy using third party inputs and SCM Should-Cost Center of Excellence resources and tools.
  • You will visit suppliers’ manufacturing operations to verify cost reduction opportunities identified in Should-Cost fact pack.
  • You will participate in negotiation planning and in supplier Should-Cost pre negotiations to validate and reaffirm Should-Cost identified cost reduction opportunities.
  • You will coach and provide best-practice guidance to category managers on successful strategies and tactics related to the use of Should-Cost data in supplier negotiation.
  • You will provide feedback to the Should-Cost COE on modelling enhancements (process improvements and data used in modelling).

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.

We are 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.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution required.
  • Minimum five (5) years of professional experience in an Engineering, Supply Chain or Operations function
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States on an on-going basis without Company sponsorship
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position. Only candidates that currently reside within 50 miles of our Southfield, MI facility will be considered for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years’ negotiating experience for a Fortune 1000 industrial company in a global environment
  • 3-5 years’ professional experience with should-cost program management
  • 7-10 years’ professional experience in Engineering

Position Success Criteria:

  • Knowledge of cost accounting principles used in manufacturing operations (industry- and process-agnostic)
  • Knowledge of Part and product estimating
  • Knowledge of using software and manual solutions to calculate should costs
  • Knowledge of key manufacturing processes including casting, machining, fabrication, stamping, powder metallurgy, plastic injection molding and forging
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to converse with a diverse group of stakeholders including senior management, engineers, operations and supply chain management personnel.
  • Ability to communicate and work across cultures, countries and time zones
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to understand nuanced communication with suppliers

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: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: Corporate Sector

Job Level: Individual Contributor
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, 50 % of the Time