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Eaton Corporation HR Director - Global Products and Technology in Galesburg, Michigan

This position provides HR leadership and strategic direction for the Vehicle Group’s Global Products group, as well as the Vehicle Group global Technology team, by developing and executing HR initiatives related to people development, talent acquisition, retention, diversity, organizational development, and performance management in each location with an employee presence around the world.

  • Act as business partner, strategic solution provider, and advisor for the leadership teams and employees of the global product lines and global technology function.

  • Develop the organization design to optimize resources, align goals, and realize synergies globally

  • Actively help shape the business strategy and align the HR function; Ensure organizational structure, bench strength and capacity are aligned with the current and future needs of the global business.

  • Upgrade and develop talent in key positions to successfully achieve the business strategy.

  • Design and implement effective organizational/leadership development programs and lead a culture of positive employee relations.

  • Complete analysis and action plans necessary to achieve all HR metrics for the global product lines and technology function, e.g. Employee Survey, OCA, diversity, turnover, etc.

  • Employ coaching, consulting and facilitation skills to influence behavior and business decisions consistent with Eaton Values and Leadership Attributes.

  • Administer, calibrate and monitor the performance management process and the Organizational Capability Assessment (OCA) for the employee population of the global product groups and technology, manufacturing and finance functions.

  • Direct and coordinate the recruitment, selection and promotion processes; Take proactive action to ensure a diverse candidate pool globally.

  • Develop, direct, coordinate, and maintain all global policies and procedures of the Human Resources function in accordance with legal, country, Eaton guidelines.

  • Administer compensation programs to ensure competitive pay practices that reward superior employee performance.

  • Manage training needs identification, training program development and deployment across the global business, as well as provide support for corporate organizational development initiatives.

  • Lead or participate in Group or Corporate Global HR initiatives.

  • Leverage HR best practices globally across the Regions.


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive Human Resources professional experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, labor relations or business administration

  • Minimum of 3 years of management experience with functional and/or direct reports

  • Must be able to consult, coach, and advise senior leaders in the organization

  • Consistently demonstrate a high level of ethics and values; be widely trusted; direct and truthful, with the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and gain confidence.

  • Act as an agent for change - willing to challenge the status quo.

  • Confident leader with the ability to gain the confidence of others, with demonstrated facilitation skills.

  • High level of integrity and common sense. One whom others would consider highly credible. Strong listening skills are required.

  • Demonstrate broad functional and global HR competence in multiple functions, such as hiring & staffing, compensation, employee relations, legal compliance, contract administration, etc.

  • Effective communicator, who is comfortable in a high visibility position and who will lead and empower appropriate organizational change working across multiple organizational and geographical boundaries.

  • Possess the ability and willingness to learn from experience, and subsequently apply that learning to perform successfully under new or first-time conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in psychology, labor relations or business administration

  • Prior experience global experience

  • Prior experience on divisional leadership team

  • Prior experience supporting engineering and technology functions

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: Human Resources

Region: North America – Canada

Organization: VEH AUTO Automotive Division

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?: Relocation from within hiring country only

Travel: Yes, 25 % 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.