Eaton Careers


Waukesha, Wisconsin
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description

Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Division is seeking a Buyer. This position will be located out of our Badger Drive location in Waukesha, Wisconsin facility.


The Buyer will have responsibility for the releasing and on-time delivery of purchase orders for raw material and production support activities. This role will be responsible for resolving any procurement, quality, invoice, and inventory related issue including appropriate SAP transactions. Part consumption behavior and other part characteristic analysis will be a key component for this position.  Interface with customer service, internal and external suppliers, Product Engineering, and Production is critical to ensure a high level of support to satisfy the customer.


 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.

  • You will interact with suppliers to communicate delivery expectations, forecasts, design changes, lead time management, and material expedites or delays to ensure Suppliers meet Supplier On Time Delivery (SOTD) goals.

  • You will drive cost reduction opportunities.
  • You will be involved with strategic sourcing to align negotiations, new supplier selection, and Supply Chain strategy. 

  • You will review purchase requisitions, place purchase orders, issue change notices, review exception messages to ensure delivery of materials or services as necessary to adhere to production schedules.

  • You will maintain Material Master records for assigned materials; ensure accurate PIR records, Source Lists, and promptly reconcile supplier invoices for payment.

  • You will review part consumption characteristics to ensure appropriate planning parameters are maintained. 

  • You will review and maintain internal / external Kanban replenishment, vendor managed programs, scheduling agreements and blanket orders.

  • You will provide Root Cause Corrective Action when needed.

  • You will participate and lead continuous improvement opportunities.

  • You will proactively avoid material shortages.
  • You will review and maintain purchase order date accuracy and maintain MRP health.

  • You will work with Finance, Receiving, and Suppliers to clear blocked invoices.

  • You will work with quality team and suppliers to review/resolve non-compliant material.

  • You will issue consignment statements and inventory to suppliers.

  • You will quote parts with suppliers.

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Must Have (Basic) Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience performing purchasing functions in a manufacturing environment.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US without company sponsorship.
  • No relocation benefit is offered for this role. Only candidates residing within the immediate  area (50 miles) will be considered for this role.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient experience with Purchasing and Planning using SAP.
  • APICS certification (CPIM).
  • Demonstrated capability of Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement methodologies – Green Belt certification a plus.
  • Demonstrated Negotiation Experience
  • Proven experience with quality assurance and reporting accuracy.
  • Proven knowledge and applications skills with process improvements.
  • Ability to work with Engineering teams and all Operations related departments.
  • Understands key MRP Health metrics.
Position Criteria:
  • This position requires the incumbent to be able to apply analytical and problem solving skills, which includes demonstrated knowledge or familiarity with problem solving tools. Incumbent should also understand the use of statistical tools.  
  • Thorough knowledge of materials planning systems (MRP/ERP) logic.  
  • This position drives value by defining problems and eliminating root causes, and applying solutions for process improvements
  • The selected candidate should have sound knowledge of commodity and risk management including vendor selection, purchasing, performance metrics, and continuous process improvement.
  • Good written, verbal and strong interpersonal communications skills to interact with both internal and/or external customers and suppliers.
  • Sense of urgency and ability to drive to positive results in a complex environment.
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Applications; Excel, Word and PowerPoint

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: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: ESSG CPSD PDD Power Delivery Division

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: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 063048