Sr. Commodity Buyer

Job Description

Eaton’s Electrical division is currently seeking a Buyer to join our team.

This position is based at our Tijuana facility.

The Buyer is responsible for Implementing the right supply solutions is the foundation for meeting the customer’s quality and delivery expectations while ensuring Eaton’s financial success. This pivotal role requires an individual capable of working effectively with local cross-functional-teams, Global Commodity Management and Eaton’s supply base. The Sr. Commodity Buyer further identifies and executes on Continuous Improvement projects to address any risk to supply continuity, reduce material costs, improve cash flow, reduce lead times and consolidate the supply base.

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.

Some activities related with the position will be:
  • Implement/Execute on Eaton specific policies and procedures (Sourcing, supplier qualification, supplier monitoring etc) and act as trainer and mentor for implementation and ongoing adherence at eMobility Americas locations.

  • Completes negotiations with suppliers regarding price, terms, quality, tooling, etc. Develop and negotiate supply agreements when needed.

  • Negotiate consignment and/or JIT programs set up with supply base to assist with inventory days on hand.

  • Participates in development of commodity strategy for assigned commodities.

  • Develops productive relationships with others in Supply Chain Management, in particular Eaton Category Management

  • Develop and execute on action plans to eliminate or minimize risk from supply base (financial, supply continuity, quality, IP etc).

  • Make sure that supplier awarded business meets Eaton’s objectives in the areas of cost, Quality, OTD, service, inventory and payment terms (cash flow).

  • Calculate total cost of acquisition and prepare cost comparison spreadsheets, taking inventory carrying, shipping costs, foreign exchange rates, duties, etc. into account. Make versus buy calculations. Sensitivity analysis for variable raw material costs, foreign exchange rates and any other cost factors that may impact the overall financial success of a program significantly.

  • Develops project sub-schedules for supplier selection and qualification, tool development and PPAP (for die castings, injection moldings etc).

  • Negotiates and implements consignment agreements (Eaton or supplier site) and safety stocks with top spend items on BOMs.

  • When applicable, negotiates contracts with suppliers in alignment with Global Commodity Management strategies. 

  • Ensures accurate implementation of all prices on PO’s placed and accountable for flawless hand-over of parts to Production Buyer without supply interruptions and favorable volume price breaks implementation.

  • Conduct market analysis to drive strategy development and risk management for assigned commodity

  • Contract management, negotiation

  • Manage total supplier spend for leverage and optimization

  • Evaluate and manage vendor performance and drive continuous improvement and corrective actions programs

  • Manages supplier performance, and is the primary relationship manager

  • Negotiations with suppliers and supplier selection

  • Ensure that cost savings achieved is accurately recorded

  • Ensure that Operations Buyers are aware of commodity specific information / instructions through up to date sourcing plans.


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



Required Qualifications:

Legally authorized to work in Mexico  without company sponsorship.

Position Success Criteria :

Collaborates effectively with sourcing teams across the Eaton organization

Builds positive relationships, internally and with supply base

Maintains a positive attitude under pressure

Makes data driven decisions

Experience with cost reduction: independently identify opportunities and champion execution

Able to do cost of acquisition calculations

Exhibits sound technical understanding, engineering background an asset

Able to develop timelines related to supplier sourcing/qualification, tool development and PPAP

Exhibits excellent analytical skills

Negotiates effectively with suppliers

Maintains a positive attitude towards change

Understanding of PPAP process

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: Latin America
Organization: VEH EMB eMobility

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