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Senior Buyer

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description

The Eaton Sutton Branch in Nottingham

Are currently recruiting for a :

Senior Buyer



Primary Function


The Senior Buyer will be responsible for enabling the purchasing function to deliver against business objectives of highest quality, shortest possible lead times, lowest possible inventory levels and lowest purchased price. Based in Sutton in Ashfield, this role will provide expertise in execution and support of purchasing activities within this plant.


They will require proven functional expertise and people management skills and be expected to support the progress of the team and develop the supply chain internally and externally, to improve its overall flexibility and ability to support the fluctuating business requirements.


This role will also manage the tactical purchasing decisions of their own select range of strategic suppliers and the more tactical supplier within the purchasing team. They will be assigned responsibility for purchasing finished components and raw materials for manufacture from our highest profile . These include, but are not limited to the following: Far East Suppliers and Eastern European Suppliers


Essential Function


Provide functional expertise to the purchasing department and drive improvements on the key metrics for service, past dues and inventory, reviewing root cause analysis and recovery plans

Focus on the strategic vendors of highest spend and highest risk to the business

Implement standardized tools, processes and indicators in alignment with Eaton metrics

Establish and maintain effective relationships with the company’s suppliers and internal customers to ensure consistent delivery of materials which meet quality requirements

Manage escalation of supply issues for a timely resolution

Optimise inventory levels to support service level and days on hand reduction

Review invoices in query and address as appropriate in a timely manner taking necessary action and seeking the required approval to resolve and avoid reoccurrence

This role liaises with the following:


Supplier on time delivery

Cost reduction

OTTR and past dues

Inventory value & DOH improvement

Inventory E&O reduction

Days payable outstanding reduction

Customer lead time reduction




Specialist Knowledge


  • Experience in achieving results through self and others
  • Proven successful track record in supply chain in a manufacturing environment
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Team player and an able and competent decision maker
  • Ability to prioritise and co-ordinate resources effectively
  • Extensive experience of MRP system (SAP preferred)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office packages (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • The candidate will require a background in engineering procurement, (mechanical, electronic or electrical), as well as excellent ERP skills (SAP preferred), and analysis skills. This role will attract a good team player and motivator, who is keen to perfect the purchasing activities of both themselves and of the wider team. A clear understanding of the overall supply chain and the impact/interdependencies are required.

·         Strong leadership skills

·         Effective team player

·         Recognize and identify urgent needs and act accordingly

·         Willingness to take on challenges, find solutions and implement them


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: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: Europe, Middle East, Africa
Organization: EPG CHD HAC Hazardous Area Communications

Job Level: Individual Contributor
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: No

Requisition ID: 050588