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Supply Chain Manager

Waukesha, Wisconsin
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description


Eaton’s Electrical division is currently seeking a Supply Chain Manager to join our team. This position is based at our Waukesha, WI location.

Position overview:

Plan, direct, & coordinate all materials functions for the Waukesha, Badger Drive Facility, including inter-unit, purchasing, inventory control, Sales Inventory and Operations Planning, production control, receiving, stores, and selection of traffic carriers for the plant.  Plan & manage the procurement of a large variety of complex materials and services to effectively support the production requirements for the plant; oversee the review and negotiation of 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; manage and coordinate materials inventories and services.  This position reports to Plant Manager.  

Essential Functions:

  • Manages plant materials process to support operations in meeting performance of department

  • Manages and reviews inputs (Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning process (SIOP), cycle counting, physical inventory, profit planning) and controls (min./max. levels, lead times, etc.) of the ordering process to ensure that inventory levels (purchase parts, WIP, finished goods, consignment, in-transit etc.) to meet Plant, Division and Corporate expectations

  • Balances and coordinates the work loads and responsibilities of the employees within the Materials Planning/Scheduling function to support Plant level metrics in the areas of Financial Performance (overtime efficiency, on-time delivery, top line sales) by leveraging lean principles and plant balance (level loading, ship ahead schedules, etc.).

  • Oversee the location, selection and development of new and necessary delivery time frames. Alternate sources of supply to meet production requirements of the plant.

  • Develop and maintain effective contacts and working relationships with key suppliers.

  • Plan and manage the preparation and communication of product specifications for bid and manage negotiations with the most favorable prices, quality, delivery time, etc.

  • Manage and oversee the award and administration of purchase orders and agreements in accordance with established company policies and procedures; resolve promptly any supplier problems.

  • Manage and coordinate quality audit programs for new and existing suppliers; meet with suppliers to discuss product specifications, product quality, etc.

  • Identifies and implements cost reduction opportunities by reviewing supplier capabilities, material options, and processing requirements in order to meet and/or exceed the cost reduction initiatives.

  • Leads organization in attaining key metrics, including Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Cost out.

  • Models the Eaton ethical conduct policy, the Eaton Values and Philosophy, and complies with all other corporate, plant, and regulatory policies and regulations as applicable.

  • Supports the Eaton Business System (EBS), Eaton Lean Six Sigma (ELSS), MMA and MESH initiatives.

  • Leads cross-functional process improvement teams.

  • Improves inventory accuracy by maintaining a formalized inventory cycle counting procedure with root cause analysis to drive corrective action.

  • Plans and coordinates annual physical inventory in accordance with corporate accounting procedures.

  • Supervises, provides functional guidance, and directs assignments for direct reports.

  • Maintains communication link with divisional HQ, other plants, and Eaton’s Logistics Center (ELC) to maintain parts availability/inventories

  • Plan, recommend, justify, and manage annual operating budgets and financial targets in accordance with known operational needs, strategies, and objectives.

  • Plan and manage training, instruction, and guidance to all subordinate supervisory and other employees to ensure their knowledge of proper equipment and use of accepted work processes and standards.

  • Remain knowledgeable of required personnel-related policies and procedures of the company; monitor and correct employee actions of behavior to ensure adherence with required policies, procedures, systems, and rules.



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When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.

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Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Only candidates in the immediate geographic area (50 mile radius) will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications: (Not required to be qualified for the role)

  • Masters degree in engineering, MBA, systems or finance


Position Success Criteria:

  • Strong communications and project management skills
  • Relevant computer skills (Microsoft Office suite, compliance software), SAP experience a plus Strong process orientation, analytical and planning ability.
    Strong interpersonal & communication skills to collaborate effectively build team consensus and influence others.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, project management and facilitation skills.
    Exemplary leadership and communication skills to effectively lead, mentor and facilitate.
  • Self-starter, able to work with or lead cross-functional teams. Strong time management skills that require little supervision.
  • Implementation experience with basic concepts of planning and lean material flow (SIOP, Scheduling, Pull systems, Kanban, MRP, Schedule sequencing & level loading, inventory modeling, JIT, etc. )
  • General understanding of accounting principles, industrial engineering, and manufacturing processes. 
  • Extensive understanding of laws that affect company purchasing policies, procedures, and decisions. 
  • Broad understanding of corporate and division purchasing policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to develop material plans that support sales and inventory objectives simultaneously for a multi-product plant. 


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: Manager
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: 065710