Lead Buyer

Job Description

Eaton Titchfield              



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Lead Buyer


This position is responsible for managing and developing a sub-commodity team of Senior buyers & Buyers to drive delivery of good quality, cost effective product on time, every time.

The role will require individuals to develop strong cross functional working relationships across the business with focus on value stream leads to ensure effective communication between functions. 



Your key deliverables:


  • Develops and implements sub-commodity strategies in line with Corporate, Divisional, Site, SRM and Mfg initiatives to improve supply chain efficiencies and reduce the total cost of supply chain management.

  • Manages sub-commodity and implementation teams in delivering supply chain strategies within project timescales

  • Coordinates all activities with Corporate, Group, Division and site mgt.  Works with the Site Supply Chain leads to manage relationships with suppliers.

  • Develops a sub-commodity supply base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage, utilizing global market exploitation, leveraging spend, and leveraging of technologies. 

  • Ensures appropriate performance measure (Quality, Cost and Delivery) of supply base and feedback of results

  • Management of key supplier’s performance measures and implementation of development plans

  • Manages sub-commodity team to deliver cost, quality and service in line with business requirements.

  • Self-motivation and strong communication skills are essential to this role.



Are you?


  • Knowledge of materials planning systems (MRP/ERP) requirements and order generation process logic

  • Thorough understanding of Supply Chain Management operational concepts surrounding production planning, inventory control, purchasing, logistics, stockroom operations, and shipping/receiving

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and Process Variation Reduction (Six Sigma) concepts and tool sets as they relate to materials management is ideal but not essential

  • Ability to supervise cross-functional process improvement teams

  • Strong understanding of sub-commodity processes as well as special processes.

  • Knowledge of the commodity and sub-commodity marketplace, including in Low Cost Regions

  • Ability to analyze, identify and implement opportunities and corporate initiatives for improvement

  • Ability to coordinate cross-site, multi-functional teams.

  • Ability to develop sub-commodity strategies and priority setting for the Supply Chain initiatives

  • Detailed knowledge of industry specific quality registration schemes (i.e. ISO9001, ISO/TS-16949, AS9100, etc.)

  • Strong planning/project management skills

  • Strong PC application skills.  Including complement of Microsoft Office Software, with strong capabilities in Project and Access


The role requires ability to lead a team to deliver on leading KPI’s as well as focus on supplier management and development.  Ability to work within a matrix procurement organization is essential.


What Eaton offers?


  • Competitive compensation and benefits package

  • Contract in fast growing global company

  • Challenging projects in dynamic collaborative team

  • Great promotional opportunities – We encourage internal promotion, whenever possible

  • Excellent working environment – safety and ethic are important for us



Candidate applying to the vacancy will be subject of the background screening




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: Europe, Middle East, Africa
Organization: AER FMC Fuel Motion Control Systems

Job Level: Team Leader/Supervisor
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