Associate Buyer

Job Description

Job Title: Associate Buyer-Tail Spend Management #063681

If you desire to be part of something special, to be part of a winning team, to be part of a fun team - winning is fun.

We are looking forward to an Associate Buyer-Tail Spend Management in Eaton’s Supply Chain Management Shared Services, based in Pune, India.

In Eaton, making our work exciting, engaging, meaningful; ensuring safety, health, wellness; and being a model of inclusion & diversity are already embedded in who we are - it’s in our values, part of our vision, and our clearly defined aspirational goals.

The purpose of this position is development and deployment of the category strategy for Electrical Product Group’s (EPG) tail spend suppliers to drive optimal cost and conditions (commercial, quality, delivery). Manage tail spend of approximately $500 Mn. Develop, deploy, and manage all related contracts for their respective categories. Drive all defined and required steps and actions in order to fulfill requirements of the supplier management process. Collaborate with other functions (operations, quality, logistics, engineering) for resourcing and rationalization.


Your essential responsibilities:



  • Develop, plan, monitor and execute direct material cost out projects for Tail Spend suppliers utilizing the Eaton Standard Sourcing Process. The project should provide NET 3% savings to achieve SCM objectives.

  • Execution of global commodity sourcing strategies to effectively leverage Eaton’s global spend in conjunction with the Global Commodity Managers, Businesses & Engineering to deliver cost benefits.

  • Help keep commodity strategies aligned with latest internal and external environmental, market and economic factors. Build and maintain organizational consensus and alignment to the commodity strategies. 

  • Negotiate and manage key strategic supplier agreements, cost negotiations and relationships

  • Collaborate with Engineering & Category/Business Managers on part & supplier rationalization opportunities

  • Responsible to maintain supply continuity via risk identification and mitigation.

  • Develop strong positive ethical relationships with suppliers & adheres to Eaton’s Code of Conduct.

  • Work with category managers to establish and develop category strategy for tail spend suppliers/parts.

  • Ensure program milestones are met as mutually established by the customer and SCM SSC

  • Coordinate the exchange of technical information regarding product and product processing with adequate safeguards for confidentiality in compliance with Eaton Data Management policies


If you are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or engineering preferably Mechanical.
  • Minimum 4-6 years’ experience as a commodity buyer for one of the commodities (Casting, Forging, Stampings, Plastics)
  • Knowledge of MS Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio & Project)
  • Ability to communicate clearly & effectively in person, via e-mail and over phone

  • Timely project closure and good analytical skills

  • Quick response to deadlines
  • Should have good experience on data analysis, report preparation and presentation to project team/stakeholders

Yes! Because you are the one we are looking for, we hope to hear from you now!

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Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: Asia Pacific
Organization: Corporate Sector

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