Operations Director, VG & Hyd ANZ

Job Description

If you desire to be part of something special, to be part of a winning team, to be part of a fun team – winning is fun. We are looking forward to an Operations Director in Eaton’s HYD and VG business, based in Melbourne, Australia. In Eaton, making our work exciting, engaging, meaningful; ensuring safety, health, wellness; and being a model of inclusion & diversity are already embedded in who we are - it’s in our values, part of our vision, and our clearly defined aspirational goals.


This position reports to the GM ANSEA for HYD and VG. The incumbent is responsible for leading multiple operational functions, such as Supply chain, Engineering / ACE, OPEX functions for Vehicle and Hydraulics business in Australia and New Zealand. Manage, direct, organize, support and meet the operational business performance VG/ HYD business in ANZ. Continue to drive operational excellence, streamline the current process, and continuous improvement initiatives in the organisation.


This exciting role offers opportunity to:

  • The role is responsible for leading local operations groups (i.e. Engineering, Supply chain, OPEX, etc.). Work closely with other functions, product groups and Global and regional functional teams to ensure sufficient functional process standardisation and establishment of set business goals and performance metrics.

  • Achieve high level of customer satisfaction with delivery, quality and services through Eaton High 5 metrics while establishing/delivering on continuous improvement cycles in alignment with company goals and objectives. An essential part of this result is to align the internal accountable functions with the external customer needs.

  • Build a high-performance culture and organizational capability in line with the BOC goals of the organization, developing early talent in an Inclusive and diverse organisation and appropriate levels of succession planning to ensure business sustainability and growth.

  • Integration with divisions/product groups for alignment of product plans, functional processes excellence and strategies. Develop strong cross functional relations with process owners.

  • Lead the key operations groups around ANZ ensuring appropriate levels of planning and execution of day to day operational performance, standard work and meeting of the ZERO SAFETY incident targets.

  • Lead the reporting teams to appropriate business culture transformations including Leadership attributes, Culture starts with me.

  • Familiarity and integration of Eaton business tools into the organization including EBS (Eaton Business System), Value Selling, Six Sigma, Eaton Lean System, and PRO-Launch (Product Launch). Key to the EBS implementation are key process compliance of Annual Goal setting and alignment, Contributions to positive Employee and Customer survey processes and results and SC and Operations Global Tools and metrics.

  • Deep dive optimisation and development/improvement programs around ACE/Engineering functions relative to effective planning processes, development of dashboard reporting and management reporting of Functional team outcomes.

  • Doing business right at all times and the role shall act as a company Steward on ensuring full compliance around the business Governance systems and business ethics for self and accountable teams.

  • Ensure that any potential ‘out of control’ processes impacting business continuity or workforce safety are addressed immediately / reported / escalated for rectification. 


  • Basic Qualifications: Education: Engineering degree; MBA or similar associated to.
  • Prior experience in and possess deep understanding of the Vehicle, Hydraulics industry (pref) and /or similar Industrial business.

  • Strong operations background, with highlights in Supply chain management (CPIM) or Engineering capacity.

  • Minimum 15 years industry experience with at least 5 years in senior management position.

  • Experience in working with multinationals (MNC's).

  • Successful development and execution of long- and short-term strategies that lead to accelerated performance in an industrial business. This accomplished through analysis, segmentation, and prioritization of various products, alliances and acquisition targets, and use of best practice tools to gain a deeper understanding of the value propositions of both existing and new customers and markets.

  • Good commercial knowledge and acumen.

  • Proven track record of building organizational capability and talent through effective recruiting, training, coaching, development and optimizing organizational design.

  • Strong leadership capabilities and business acumen.

  • Senior executive communication and presentation skills. Comfortable with public speaking.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, possess cultural sensitivity.

  • Drive for results and ability to execute.

  • Relationship building skills.

  • Focus on developing oneself to maintain a progressive understanding and alignment with Market, Customer, Technology and business trends. 

Yes! Because you are the one we are looking for, we hope to hear from you now!

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: Asia Pacific
Organization: VEH Vehicle Group

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, 10 % of the Time