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Category Manager, Bearings

Southfield, Michigan; Galesburg, Michigan
Supply Chain / Logistics


Job Description


Eaton Corporation is currently seeking a Category Manager, Bearings to join our team. This position is based at our Southfield, MI or Galesburg, MI facilities.


Our supply chain management team creates bottom-line impact by driving cost management and operational benefits. Within our supply chain, the Category Manager, Bearings supports the development and deployment of the global category strategy of Bearings in the Americas region. In this role, you will drive towards optimal conditions (cost, commercial, quality, delivery, innovation, VAVE) for the Bearings category by leveraging synergies across businesses and driving the “One Supply Chain” philosophy.


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 deploy strategic initiatives to facilitate cross-business synergies across a rationalized set of global and regional preferred supplier partners.
  • You will negotiate and manage key strategic supplier contracts and relationships.
  • You will review, approve, monitor and report compliance to category agreements and strategies based upon Eaton SCM strategic directions.
  • You will develop innovative business solutions, forecast commodity projections and provide mitigation actions as applicable to ensure key metrics for the procurement function (Cost Out, DPO, Diversity Spend, etc.) are achieved.
  • You will present new planning tools, methods, technical analysis, standards and procurement opportunities with senior management that are aligned with SCM/Eaton strategic plans and cost reduction initiatives.
  • You will benchmark procurement processes to develop and implement best practices throughout Eaton and Supply Chain Management.
  • You will ensure compliance of suppliers with Eaton SCM Sustainability Programs, Go GREEN initiatives and SCM policies.
  • You will plan, prepare and execute annual profit planning for the owned spend, and support execution with the business cross functional teams.
  • You will lead Supplier Business Reviews with strategic suppliers annually.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Engineering or Business Administration from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in Supply Chain or Operations
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States on an on-going basis without Company sponsorship
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position; candidate must reside within 50 miles of our Southfield, MI or Galesburg, MI facilities
Preferred Qualifications
  • 1-2 years’ professional negotiating experience in a global business environment
  • 2-3 years’ professional experience with accountability across multiple manufacturing facilities
  • Professional Supply Chain related certification (e.g. CPM, CPIM)
  • MBA or Master’s degree in Supply Chain from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution
Position Criteria
  • Communication, customer service and interpersonal skills necessary to converse with senior management, suppliers, operations and SCM personnel
  • Ability to coordinate cross-functional / global teams
  • Ability to influence and drive effective organizational change across impacted regions/businesses
  • Ability to drive results via fact-based negotiations
  • Ability to manage cost-out projects against scope, schedule and budget
  • Knowledge of the bearings category and ability to identify technology and economical trends within the category
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience in successfully deploying category strategies and driving cost-out.
  • Creative thinking skills to produce new approaches in category management and implement emerging tools

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: Corporate Sector

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, 25 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 066562