Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Description

Eaton’s Aerospace Group is currently seeking a Continuous Improvement Manager to join our team. This position is based at our Jackson, MS facility.


The Jackson facility has approximately 550 employees and is a leader in the design, development, and manufacture of Aerospace hydraulic components, systems, and services to the global aftermarket and OEM markets. 


Position Overview:


The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for the creation and execution of the site continuous improvement strategy.  This includes deploying and improving Operational Excellence processes like Lean, Six Sigma, Manufacturing Engineering, and Manufacturing Strategy.


The role will lead the implementation of projects to drive improvement in safety, quality, delivery, inventory, and productivity. The Continuous Improvement Manager will deploy lean tools across the facility in a manner that builds employee engagement and ensures long-term sustainability.  This role also supports the plant manager and functional leaders in establishing methodologies for directing, maintaining and monitoring all activities associated with the successful application of Eaton’s Business System (EBS) and Lean Implementation process (ELS).


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:

  • Establish and maintain Manufacturing Engineering Strategies and Continuous Improvement plans to support the daily production requirements of the plant and to ensure cost out and standardization of processes.
  • Establish and execute Lean/Six Sigma for the Plant to meet key operational metrics, including growth, cost out and cultural change plans. Align improvement strategies to business profit plan for delivery, cost, and quality improvement impact.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key lean tools such as value stream mapping, 5-S, and standard work. Teach lean manufacturing concepts to a broad range of audiences.
  • Participate as a key business partner to the leadership team. Contribute to business strategy development. Help to create the future state as it relates to shortened value streams, manufacturing strategies, and cross-functional processes.
  • Interface with corporate functional and business leaders as well as counterparts at other Eaton divisions and groups. Participate in ELS, Six Sigma and other corporate groups/councils.
  • Lead change to improve organizational effectiveness. Drive the change management necessary to implement effective programs and create a safety and continuous improvement focused culture.

 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 required.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Lean Six Sigma and/or Operational Excellence.
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position. Only candidates within a 50-mile radius of the Jackson, MS facility will be considered. Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation. 
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship now or in the future.
  • This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering or Operations from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Lean Six Sigma and/or Operational Excellence.
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Lean/Six Sigma Certification.

Position Criteria:

  • Strong ethics, values and the ability to influence others’ decision making.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/activities; results driven.
  • Knowledge of product and manufacturing process.
  • Process oriented and ability contribute to continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to lead change in a team environment.
  • Ability to build effective teams; creative thinker.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and make effective decisions.
  • Ability to think strategically and influence others’ decision making.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive cross-functional cultural change.
  • Ability to act as a mentor and coach to teach others how to apply Lean concepts.

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: Operational Excellence

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: AER FMC Fuel Motion Control Systems

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