Project Planner/Scheduler -- Plymouth, MN

Job Description

Eaton’s Electrical Automation Solutions, Electrical Sector - Americas is currently seeking a Project Planner/Scheduler to join our team. This position is based at our Plymouth, MN location. 

Position Overview:

The Energy Automation Solutions division delivers intelligent energy solutions by combining power systems expertise with innovative technologies to help our customers generate, deliver, and manage energy safely, efficiently, and reliably. EAS provides a range of power delivery and reliability solutions that includes self-healing grid, communicating sensors, substation automation, system planning, advanced metering and demand response solutions designed to increase efficiency in support of grid modernization. The EAS business primarily serves global utility customers and, in some markets, commercial industrial, and renewable energy markets. With a spirit of innovation crossing decades, EAS is proud of its ground-breaking innovations through customer collaboration, long-standing commitment to investing in R&D, and its market recognized Yukon and CYME Software Platforms. The technical skills, innovative thinking and the tireless dedication of our employees around the world are Eaton's greatest resources

The primary function of the Project Portfolio Planner is to deliver value for Customers and Eaton through execution of the project order management processes established by the Deployment Department Manager. The Project Portfolio Planner reports to the Deployment Department Manager. The Project Portfolio Planner is responsible for planning and reconciliation associated with project order fulfillment for specific customer accounts. This position manages projects within the established time-to-install, delivery/commitment performance, cost, quality, and customer satisfaction targets approved for the project(s). The project(s) arise from sales contracts and require integration of EAS and Customer actions to deliver, install and commission systems within the customer organization. 

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.

In this function you will:
  • Assure timely responses and follow-up commitments to customers

  • Facilitate project communications between Project Managers and Project Engineers

  • Prepare baseline schedules and schedule basis documents for approval by project team

  • Monitor schedule deviations and variances as relates to software and firmware releases. Assure credibility of the information contained in the schedule

  • Review schedules with project team members on a regular basis to ensure that accurate and timely data is incorporated in the schedule

  • Maintain schedule forecast by gathering activity update information from all functional groups as needed.

  • Responsible for communicating schedule status to project stakeholders.

  • Support proposal efforts with pro-forma schedule development.

  • Synchronization of Job Log, Work Orders, and Change Orders. 
  • Make project assignments w/ input from the Deployment Department Manager.

  • Exchange project data with the Internal Sales and Production Scheduling Teams.

  • Expedite Return Material Authorizations and Shipment Lead Times
  • Set up internal job folders and load the controlling purchase orders, proposals, propagation studies, schedule baselines that form the basis of each incoming order.

  • Work within project groups interfacing with finance, applications, and various other personnel to achieve project deadlines and support needs of finance, engineering, and operations.

  • Forecast the deployment revenue stream based on project schedules including probability, risk, and opportunities.

  • Prepare and issue status reports to customers in compliance with the scheduled defined by the Project Manager

  • Proactively communicate in a timely manner with external customers about order verification, order status, and shipment status. Communicate in a timely manner with operations to verify lead times, schedule customer orders according to their delivery needs and communicate special handling requests.

  • Foster an environment that promotes Eaton’s goals and philosophy, encourages continuous improvement, and builds customer relationships.

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


Required (Basic) Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • 5+ years of inside sales, customer service, or equivalent project coordination experience.

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship now or in the future

  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position.  Only candidates within a 50-mile radius of Plymouth, MN will be considered.  Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Project Management Institute Scheduling Professional Certification

  • Electric utility project experience
  • Proven track record of demonstrating teamwork, time management, customer service skills, and ability to multi-task in an interrupt-based environment

  • Microsoft Project or equivalent project scheduling software experience

Position Criteria:
  • Support 75+ customer orders for 15+ internal stakeholders with shipments >$35MM per fiscal year
  • Ability to obtain results using indirect or proxied authority.
  • Strong Organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to create visual reporting of complex data in innovative ways.
  • Knowledge of front-end scheduling, engineering, and manufacturing process and lead times.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and situations to achieve superior proactive project order management and customer service
  • Ability to prioritize risk and judge the best time to escalate potential issues.

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.


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: Sales

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: EPG EAS Electrical Automation Solutions

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, 10 % of the Time