Divisional Operations Director

Job Description

Eaton is a power management company with 2019 sales of $21.4 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.


Join Eaton and help us provide energy-efficient solutions that have a real impact on the environment. We make what matters work.  Do you want to work for a global player, where we care about ethics, inclusion and diversity and our people?



Position Summary:


Manages and directs ICPD (Industrial Control and Protection Division) regional operations, industrial and manufacturing engineering as well as manufacturing logistics, external electronic manufacturing (EMS) in order to achieve production objectives consistent with overall quality and on time performance requirements. Drives the divisional operations strategy and implements the operations objectives into ICPD operations network optimizing the overall production costs of ICP-products (product transitions, outsource etc.) across all sites. The operations director works closely with functional electrical sector leadership and regional operations leadership team to ensure alignment of operations strategy.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Leads and motivates a team of entrepreneurial Plant Managers at all locations to achieve market and profitability growth in ICPD’s respective products.

  • Sets up the divisional mid and long-term manufacturing strategy as well as manufacturing footprint strategy and drives execution.

  • Directs and establishes objectives for individual plant operation activities which include local P&L, EBS scores and defined other operational metrics.

  • Responsible to drive and support EMS and brand label ICPD products, ensuring support to Engineering and Supply Chain during the launch of NPI and the PLM of legacy products at external EMS suppliers.

  • Works in conjunction with the ICPD leadership team to develop and implement market driven strategies

  • Develops and executes strategic capital spending plans for all operations (plants) to assure adequate capacity to meet division and product line growth objectives and approves and manages the development and administration of competitive wage/salary and benefit plans.

  • Ensures the structure and organization of the area production according to the defined functions in line with Quality Management acc. to ISO9000 series and ISO14000 series as well as IATF standards.

  • Defines and executes on the ICPD operations and manufacturing strategy in close cooperation with the divisional Product Line Management and Engineering Managements and coordinates with other Eaton manufacturing plants.

  • Oversees the deployment, and disciplined use of lean and cost out tools and activities to ensure the achievement of the divisional cost out targets and improve competitiveness of products.

  • Defines a cost optimized product allocation by optimizing the overall production costs of ICPD-products across all sites and has project ownerships for production transition projects

  • Directs the ICPD-Logistics including its production planning within the ICPD production network

  • Directs divisional EHS agenda and alignment ensuring coordinated deployment of EHS agenda across all sites.

  • Focuses on building organizational capability within the Operations function


  • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in operations.

  • Significant experience in managing multiple site operations

  • Minimum of 7 years of managerial experiences (incl. leader of leaders)

  • Broad understanding of tools & processes for:

    • Fueling growth & innovation;

    • Retaining cash;

    • Increasing profit margins; and

    • Decreasing costs.

  • Proven production and OPEX knowledge and a solid background in electro technical products

  • Basic knowledge of various manufacturing operations processes

  • Fluent English and German language skills

  • Highly motivational management and leadership skills

  • Experiences in dealing with co-determined and/or unionized locations, strong negotiation skills

  • Experienced in multi-cultural working environments and developing communication strategies across them


About Eaton:

Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is 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. At Eaton, we see things differently.

We see opportunities to innovate, go above and beyond, and we work hard because what we do reflects who we are. If you see things differently—if you’re determined, motivated and focused on improving the world around you—then it’s time to see where a career at Eaton can take you.

Across Eaton we value the following attributes in our people and the successful incumbent will be expected to demonstrate these in their approach to their day to day work:

  • Transparency - We say what we think. We make it ok to disagree.

  • Accountability - We seek responsibility and take ownership. We do what we say.

  • Passionate - We care deeply about what we do. We set high expectations and we perform.

  • Learner - We are curious, adaptable and willing to teach what we know.

  • Efficient - We value speed and simplicity.

  • Ethical - We play by the rules and act with integrity. We are proud of our actions.


For more information, visit www.eaton.com/careers


Candidate applying to the vacancy will be subject of the background screening. – if applicable

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: Europe, Middle East, Africa
Organization: ICPD

Job Level: Director
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, 50 % of the Time