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Senior Buyer

Company: Eaton
Location: Greenwood
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

Eaton's Electrical Sector is currently seeking a Senior Buyer to join our team. This position is based at our Greenwood, SC. facility.

Position Overview:

Responsible for strategic procurement of a large variety of complex materials and services in order to effectively support the production requirements for the plant. Also responsible for assessing proper procurement methods and using lean tools to maximize supply chain while minimizing inventory and costs and supporting and promoting continuous improvement activities and cost savings opportunities. Will analyze appropriate stocking strategies to effectively to support the production requirements for the plant; work with corporate resources to identify product supply sources and review and negotiate purchase price; work with supplier quality team to qualify vendors to ensure the overall conformance of materials purchased to manufacturing specifications; assist facility with new product development; and manage vendor relationships/quality/delivery/inventory levels in accordance with plant objectives.

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:
Maintain continuing knowledge and an understanding of the company's outside supplier product demands and production scheduling techniques to support the timely availability and procurement of required materials within the current inventory guidelines.
Devise methods and policies to ensure the most economical movement of materials in/out of plant to achieve cost-effective logistics practices. Tools include Lean and Kanban.
Analyze and evaluate inventory and delivery problems and recommend and/or implement solutions to optimize inventory levels and manufacturing schedule.
Locate and select new and alternate sources of supply to meet the production requirements of the plant.
Establish and maintain effective contacts and working relationships with vendors and suppliers for all necessary information.
Prepare and communicate product specifications to vendors for bid as appropriate and negotiate with the most favorable bidder(s) considering costs, quality, delivery, etc.
Award and administer purchase orders and agreements in accordance with established company policies and procedures.
Develop, coordinate, and manage alliances with key suppliers.
Maintain and monitor computer and manual computer files related to procurement activities and the effective management of goods and services within the company.
Support corporate commodity managers on cost reduction programs and drive cost savings projects.
Lead regular cycle counts for A parts and / or consignment and help manage annual physical inventory.

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 Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Three (3) years minimum experience within production, procurement, or engineering within a manufacturing environment.
Must be able to work in the United States without corporate sponsorship now and within the future

Preferred Qualifications:
Five (5) years of experience within production, procurement or engineering within a manufacturing environment.
Masters degree in Supply Chain Management or Business Administration.
APICS CPIM certification.
SAP Super User.

Position Criteria:
Lead strategic supply chain projects, high level of analytical skills.
Basic knowledge of computerized inventory systems, scheduling techniques, general manufacturing, and ability to interpret drawings and prints.
Knowledge of materials planning systems, production planning, inventory control, and stockroom operations, Kanban.
ISO or QS knowledge.

We are 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.

Eaton also considers qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with local laws. To request a disability-related reasonable accommodation to assist you in your job search, application or interview process, please call 412-893-3600 or send an email to:

We provide benefits that are industry competitive and focused on employee well-being. Listed below are programs that are offered globally, but program availabilities may vary by site.
Flexible work options to help balance work/life demands (at participating Eaton sites)
Healthcare/retirement savings programs
Competitive compensation packages to reward skills and performance
Tuition assistance or financial help for ongoing learning and development
Health, Dental, Vision & Wellness programs


Supply Chain / Logistics


North America - US/Puerto Rico

Primary Location

United States-South Carolina-Greenwood

Work Locations

Greenwood SC Loc 3


ESSG CPSD PRD Power Reliability Division

Job Level

Individual Contributor



Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?


Does this position offer relocation?

Relocation from within hiring country only


Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID :110161

Keywords: Eaton, Augusta , Senior Buyer, Professions , Greenwood, Georgia

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