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Senior Buyer

Greenwood, South Carolina
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description

Eaton’s Power Distribution Control Assembly Division is currently seeking a Senior Buyer. The Senior Buyer will be based out of our Greenwood, SC facility.
Position Overview :
As a Senior Buyer, you will plan, develop, and manage the procurement of a large variety of complex materials and services to effectively support the production requirements for the plant; develop appropriate product supply sources and review and negotiate purchase price, quality, availability, delivery, and other factors necessary to ensure the overall conformance of materials purchased to manufacturing specifications and overall company production objectives. 
Essential Responsibilities :
  • You will manage and develop suppliers to ensure optimal quality, delivery and lowest cost in accordance with Divisional, Operational and Corporate policies and objectives.
  • You will develop, coordinate, and manage on-going supplier relationships with key suppliers.
  • Locate and select new and alternate sources of supply to meet the production requirements of the plant.
  • 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.
  • You will prepare and communicate product specifications to vendors for bid as appropriate and negotiate with the most favorable bidder(s) considering costs, quality, delivery, etc.
  • You will award and administer purchase orders and agreements in accordance with established company policies and procedures.
  • You will prepare data and reports as required pertaining to on-time delivery, supplier performance, usage/spend, and shortages.
  • You will recommend continuous improvement in cost reduction, quality and delivery.
  • You will analyze material requirements and inventory in order to maintain on-time delivery and targeted inventory levels.
  • You will resolve problem situations related to selection of source, price, deliveries, specifications, quality and other terms with suppliers and various internal departments.
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Basic Qualifications :
  • Bachelor’s Degree in from an accredited institution is required
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in purchasing and/or supply chain is required
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship 
Preferred Qualifications :
  • Five (5)+ years of experience in purchasing and/or supply chain within a manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of MRP (Material Requirement Planning) systems
  • APICS/CPIM certification
  • Lean Six Sigma certification 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Business, or Engineering
Criteria for Success :
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to successfully interface with all levels within the organization
  • Intermediate to advanced operational level for Microsoft Office products
  • Basic knowledge of computerized inventory systems, scheduling techniques, general manufacturing, and ability to interpret drawings and prints. 

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Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: ESSG PDCAD Power Distrib Control Assy Div

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?: Relocation from within United States and / or Puerto Rico
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 054502