Eaton Corporation Value Stream Manager in Lincoln, Illinois

Eaton’s Electrical Division is seeking a talented Value Stream Manager for the Lincoln, IL facility.

Position Overview:

Directs manufacturing departments and activities assigned in accord with approved division and corporate policies and procedures. Responsible for leading the manufacturing team in achieving safety, quality, cost and delivery goals.

Essential Functions:

  • Establishes and maintains an efficient and safe operation. Deploys MESH to support a Zero Incident Culture. Assures that Safety Regulations and OSHA Requirements are adhered to with regard to manufacturing practices and equipment. Supports plant safety policies and rules and administers them.

  • Responsible for the overall core manufacturing goals, schedules and priorities within the production plan to satisfy customer requirements for the Value Stream.

  • Develops objectives and goals and assists in formulating and implementing procedures and programs to attain or improve upon such objectives and goals. Communicates and reviews these goals with direct reports and plant manager on a periodic basis. Plan and monitor key metrics to ensure quality, cost, delivery and safety requirements are met.

  • Implements Eaton Lean System (Lean Manufacturing) techniques throughout the Value Stream as required.

  • Work closely with the OPEX group to drive the Value Stream performance toward plant and division objectives for Cost Out activities, including sourcing, design engineering and labor productivity activities. Works with ELSS, VAVE, OpA tool champions to drive key tool improvements to meet profit plan and strategic plan initiatives. Creates action plans and follows-up on work assignments based on these activities.

  • Assists in the selection, training and development of department managers and participates in their performance evaluation and development of personnel. Makes recommendations for changes in personnel and salary adjustments. Supports all plant affirmative action and EEO policies and procedures.

  • Participates in labor negotiations and assists in grievance settlements. Provides judgment and counsel in operating the plant within the provisions of the labor agreement. Drive positive labor and employee relations.

  • Assists in operating the total plant functions of production and maintenance within the established budgets.

  • Initiates and participates in formal cost and expense improvement programs. Supports employee teams and employee projects for cost reduction and process and plant improvement. Drives continuous improvement throughout manufacturing.

  • Maintains good housekeeping practices. Supports 5S activities.

  • Participates in the interpretation and enforcing of corporate policies and standards. Ensure required documentation and/or system transactions are executed to meet customer, manufacturing system and financial reporting requirements.

  • Reviews with the plant manager the organizational structure, responsibilities, authorities, accountabilities of the management organization and the performance of the management personnel in relation to established objectives. Also, advises the Plant manager of all major significant deviations that occur within the total plant activity.

  • Studies manufacturing trends and markets and provides management with information for decision making.

  • Performs other routine or special duties as directed by plant manager.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required

  • Minimum of 3 years prior work experience in a manufacturing or operations environment.

  • Minimum of 2 years prior leadership experience

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of prior Manufacturing or Production experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering preferred

  • Prior experience leading cultural changes – being a change agent

  • Working knowledge of corporate, division, and plant policies and procedures

  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and practices

  • Prior experience working in a union environment - IAM

  • Working knowledge of OSHA and EPA requirements

  • Lean or Six Sigma experience – certification a plus

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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Job: Manufacturing & Operations

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: EPG RWDD Residential Wiring Devices Div

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?: Relocation from within United States and / or Puerto Rico

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

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.