Jennifer Eckert
Global Product Manager
Ingersoll Rand

"I'm passionate about manufacturing because it impacts everyone's day-to-day life. Manufacturing, while less glamorous than some industries, is the backbone of everything we see, touch and do. No matter who you are or where you are from manufacturing impacts us all in profound ways." 

Since joining the company in 2009, Jennifer has demonstrated leadership within several roles at Ingersoll Rand such as New Product Development Engineer, Lead Engineer, Project Manager, Marketing Manager, and now, Global Product Manager. As Global Product Manager, she championed a Rapid Improvement Event, which resulted in a 17 percent improvement in on-time winch configurations, enabling the business to win more orders and regain market share. In her previous capacity as New Product Development Engineer in the Thermo King business, Jennifer redesigned a fuel filtration system for diesel engines that enabled the company to meet customers’ needs, gain an edge on competitors, and combine cost-effectiveness with tighter filtration requirements of a next-generation engine. 

Jennifer has been vital to the development of many people in the organization. When the Material Handling business increased its sales force by 75 percent, she played a key role in bringing new sales people up to speed, educating them on how to position the product to meet customer needs. She also works closely with young professionals in Ingersoll Rand’s Accelerated Development Program to ensure their rotation at the material handling plant in Kent, Washington is robust and meaningful. Additionally, Jennifer formally mentored a college intern whom she continues to offer guidance and career advice to today.

Jennifer has a longstanding history in the community, lending support to organizations such as the Kent Unity Squad, Hands On Charlotte and the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. With Hands On Charlotte, Jennifer tutored illiterate adults in math, reading and writing. At the Seattle Union Gospel Mission, she cooks and serves meals on a monthly basis to men recovering from drug addiction and homelessness. In addition, Jennifer participated as a career mentor for middle school girls at a STEM camp in 2016 where she gave a presentation about industrial manufacturing and lean engineering.

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