Sr. Commodity Buyer

Job Description

Eaton’s Industrial Sector, Vehicle Group, eMobility division is currently seeking a Sr. Commodity Buyer to join our team. This position is based at our Tijuana facility.

The Sr. Commodity Buyer is responsible for the success of a new product launched to market is greatly determined by the Sr. Commodity Buyer’s effectiveness: 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. The Sr. Commodity Buyer further monitors supplier performance and champions supplier development activities.

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 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:

  • Industrial Engineering degree or related fields required.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution                                                          

  • 2-5 years                                                                                                       
  • Legally authorized to work in Mexico without company sponsorship.                                                                                                    

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 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