Category Manager, Electrical Products

Job Description

Eaton Corporation is currently seeking a Global Category Manager, Electrical Products to join our team.

This position is based in Southfield, MI as the preferred location, Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH.


Our supply chain management team creates bottom-line impact by driving cost management and operational benefits. Within our supply chain, the Category Manager, Electrical Products supports the development and deployment of the global category strategy of Meters, Relays, solenoid and Actuator globally across the Enterprise. In this role, you will drive towards optimal conditions (cost, commercial, quality, delivery, innovation, VAVE) for the Electrical Product 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.


In this function you will:

  • Develop strategic initiatives to facilitate cross-business synergies across a rationalized set of global and regional preferred supplier partners.
  • Negotiate and manage key strategic supplier contracts and relationships.
  • Review, approve, monitor and report compliance to category agreements and strategies based upon Eaton SCM strategic directions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Benchmark procurement processes to develop and implement best practices throughout Eaton and Supply Chain Management.
  • Ensure compliance of suppliers with Eaton SCM Sustainability Programs, Go GREEN initiatives and SCM policies.
  • Plan, prepare and execute annual profit planning for the owned spend, and support execution with the business cross functional teams.
  • Lead Supplier Business Reviews with strategic suppliers annually.
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 (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree 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.  Only candidates within a 50-mile radius of Southfield, MI or Pittsburgh, PA will be considered.  Active Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain or Business Administration or Mechanical, Industrial or Production Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Professional Supply Chain related certification (e.g. CPM, CPIM)
  • MBA or Master’s degree in Supply Chain from an accredited institution
  • 2-3 years’ supply chain experience with accountability across multiple manufacturing facilities
  • 1-2 years’ negotiating experience for a Fortune 1000 industrial company in a global environment

Position Success Criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Electrical Products as a category and ability to identify technology and economic 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
  • 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

We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


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