Vice President of Operations- Crouse Hinds, B-Line and Oil and Gas- US

Job Description

Eaton’s Vice President of Operations for Crouse-Hinds, B-Line and Oil and Gas for the US reports directly to the Global Vice President, Operations, and functionally reports to the Business President.  This role is responsible for leading manufacturing operations function as well as the continuous improvement activities in safety, quality, delivery, productivity and cost of non-conformance (CONC) for the 13 sites in the U.S including our distribution centers and west coast warehouse representing a sales volume of $1.5B and approximately 2,400 employees.

The Vice President of Operations is a member of the Crouse Hinds, B-Line US leadership team and will be charged with engaging cross functional resources to lead a collective effort to drive improvement across the sites in the US Region.  This role will create and implement disciplined processes and procedures across US sites, particularly related to Service, CI/LEAN Tools, Sales Inventory, New Product Introduction, Operations and Planning (SIOP), and Materials Management, and will provide leadership to the organization through a proactive and motivating approach.

  • Manage and direct all US manufacturing operations activities to ensure completion of customer and business requirements

  • Assists Crouse Hinds, B-Line and Oil and Gas division leaders and senior staff member in the development and formulation of long and short- term planning, policies programs, strategic initiatives and objectives

  • Implement a standardized Management Operating System for US Operations and site Balanced Score Card metrics and coordinate actions to ensure schedule, cost, quality, CONC, NPD and safety goals are met.

  • Manage US and site processes to assess monthly financial performance and establish accurate forecasts for manufacturing profit, inventory, CONC, capital and other financial metrics.

  • Lead efforts across US to implement lean management systems, lean tools and high performance work teams and standardize key processes including materials management and quality systems.

  • Establish an operational and manufacturing strategy that supports industry leading performance in cost and execution and aligns to EP US growth objectives.

  • Ensures that the sites achieve World Class Plant recognition by delivery of the Hi5 metrics (Safety – TRCR OTD, CONC, Inventory – DOH, Productivity – FLEX) and implements all Eaton Quality Best Practices and Quality Leading metrics.

  • Lead projects and initiatives across US sites in support of the manufacturing operations and group strategies.

  • Supports new product development teams with operations resources to ensure new product development activities deliver products that align to Operations strategy and performance objectives for cost and quality.

  • Assure that all manufacturing plants meet environmental, health, and safety requirements considering local regulations, Eaton policy and sustainability.

  • Build organization capability through assessment and management of key leadership positions, coaching of operational leaders and strategic development actions.

  • Hires, trains, develops and evaluates staff – taking corrective action as necessary and in a timely manner in accordance with company policy.

  • Ensures compliance with current federal, state, and local regulations – consulting with the Human Resources Department as appropriate.

  • Manage resource investment in organization development, capital equipment and new technology to assure organizational, manufacturing, product and market leadership.

  • Establish and lead an effective capital management process.


Results Orientation. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to deliver breakthrough results in a challenging business environment. S/he will have introduced substantive improvements to processes, operations, or practices throughout the business and created new solutions and methods to existing problems that have a significant impact on the business. S/he will have routinely implemented best-in-class and leading edge standards on delivering results.


Change Leadership. A successful candidate will have taken specific actions to influence and mobilize others to undertake change by personally modeling the changes and acknowledging others to act in line with change. S/he will have publicly tracked the progress of the change programs in order to energize people to participate and continue in the change process.


Team Leadership. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to create a sense of team ownership and empower the team to perform by providing coordination across different functions and different regions. S/he will take personal risk in sharing or assigning significant responsibility and leveraging explicit strengths and weaknesses of the team members. S/he will have demonstrated the capacity to reward and recognize employees who take initiatives beyond expectations to advance the performance and deliver against the common goal of the organization.


Strategic Orientation. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop a vision and strategy for the CH U.S. operation consistent with the global direction and vision of the business. This strategy and goals will incorporate competitive issues, trends in the industry and key factors influencing the business. S/he will have experience in developing a strategy that covers a range of products and/or markets, and encompasses the full range of organization implications and links with the series of initiatives and priorities that are compelling and logical for the business.


People Development. The ideal candidate will have shown the ability to support specific development needs of others and provide practical support to develop those needs with reasons and rationale by sharing not just what to do but why to do it. S/he will systematically and constructively gather individual development input from multiple sources to define development feedback. The candidate also will set specific individual development goals to build the capability of the organization before long-term success and also develop his own successor over the next few years.

  • Revenue +$1.5B.

  • 2,400 employees.

  • 13 plant managers; 1 CI/OPEX Director, 1 materials manager, 1 sourcing manager.

  • Responsibility for 13 manufacturing facilities including 1 distribution center in North America.



Basic Requirements:
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive multi-site manufacturing plant operations experience.

  • Strong leadership skills along with proven capability to deliver results and build high performance teams.

  • Must be able to travel at least 25% of the time domestically and internationally as needed and required.

  • Must be able to work in the United States on a continual basis without requiring corporate sponsorship.

  • 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’), have been granted Political Asylum, or Refugee.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations/Manufacturing, Business Administration is preferred.

  • MBA or Masters is also preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience directly leading and managing a significant segment/business unit of a large industrial manufacturer or the entire operation of a smaller manufacturer.

  • Previous experience in the heavy industrial product manufacturing with variety of manufacturing processes (foundry operations, plating, molding, CNC machining, etc.)

  • Extensive background in driving continuous improvement activities to improve operational performance including knowledge of lean management systems and lean tools.

  • Bilingual skills in Spanish a strong plus.

  • Broad knowledge of key operational systems including sales inventory operations planning (SIOP), materials planning systems (MRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and quality systems with diverse experience managing varied and complex manufacturing processes.

Position Criteria:

The ideal candidate will have a strong operational base, but also has experience in a variety of different functions. He/She will also have experience leading a high mix, multi-site operation. The successful candidate will also bring exceptional leadership skills, with a proven ability to drive multi-functional change initiatives.  He/She will have a track record of driving for and achieving results, as well as building overall organizational capability. 


This leader will be a strategic thinker with the ability to deploy regional level operations strategies, footprint rationalizations, and work with supply chain resources to develop make-or-buy strategies. He/She will also have exceptional business and financial acumen, having experience evaluating site performance, financial reports, participating in operating reviews, and being able to quickly discern the issues that are critical and vital for the sites. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will be one that holds himself/herself accountable for delivering results on a consistent basis.


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Job: Manufacturing & Operations

Region: North America – Canada
Organization: EPG CHD HQ

Job Level: Executive
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 country only
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time