Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Description

Eaton Corporation’s Aerospace Group, has an opening for a Continuous Improvement Manager. The position is located at our Los Angeles, CA facility. 
Position Overview:

Main responsibilities center on the creation of a learning environment, focus with Lean and Six Sigma strategies and robust problem solving techniques, which will lead to improvements in organizations safety, operational performance, customer service levels and overall financial health. This position is also responsible for leading the execution and deployment of robust manufacturing processes and continuous improvement/manufacturing efficiency initiatives across the organization. 
As a member of the plants leadership team, this highly motivated individual, works with the entire  team to lead the development and implementation of the sites Continuous Improvement strategy, actions, and cross-functional activities.
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: 

  • Collaborate with the leadership team to lead the development and implementation of the site Lean and Six Sigma strategy, actions, and cross-functional activities via the Continuous Improvement  Council.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the tools in a learning environment, while also capable of deploying the tools in order to create value for the site.
  • Provide Lean Six Sigma and Operational Assessment (OpA) support across the plant.
  • Drive short-term and long-term business improvements.
  • Utilize Lean and Six Sigma tools to eliminate waste driving customer satisfaction, cost reduction, and improved working capital performance.
  • You will conduct Eaton Lean System (ELS) assessments to identify performance gaps, and work through the leadership team to prioritize improvement activities and close gaps.
  • Coordinate and assist with corporate initiatives, participating on teams in order to drive best practices across Eaton Corp.
  • Manage plant cost-out activities and lead continuous improvement (Lean and Six Sigma) teams. Assist in improvement activities including training, mentoring, facilitating RIEs, Kaizen events, Six Sigma projects, tool deployment, benchmarking, etc.
  • Analyze organizational metrics and performs managerial reviews to evaluate results and recommend action plans to close gaps at an operational level.
  • Build Organizational Capability by hiring and developing CI leaders, participates in annual development plans and provides input on organization capability/succession planning sessions.
  • Work through site leadership to Lead the site continuous improvement ream, and corporate Lean Initiatives and reporting.
  • Build a Continuous Improvement and Lean culture to drive change
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 is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in continuous improvement manufacturing operations.
  • Minimum 3 years of people and project management experience.
  • No relocation benefit is offered for this position. Only candidates residing within 50 miles of the Los Angeles, CA plant will be considered for this position.
  • 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 Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Six Sigma Blackbelt Certification
  • Experienced Lean and Six Sigma trainer and mentor
  • Prior work experience in different functions
Position Criteria:
  • Demonstrated experience in Lean and Six Sigma manufacturing methodology, techniques and roadmaps.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in continuous improvement methods, strategic management, project management and an ability to have fun while successfully deploying the tools.
  • Excellent communication skills, proven capability to lead change in a team environment
  • Thorough understanding of problem solving methodologies used in determining root cause and formulating corrective action.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in various software applications like MS Office suite, VISIO, Minitab (or any statistical software) and SharePoint.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing principles and technical specifications to support plant competencies.
  • Ability to direct and lead cross-functional process improvement teams across the organization.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/activities across multiple sites
  • Experience in implementing Lean in Low volume High Mix type product

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