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Sr. Buyer at Eaton Corporation

Eaton Aerospace located in Los Angeles, CA (near Glendale metro) has an opening for a Sr. Buyer. This position purchases assigned items such as specific commodities, machinery, precision tools, test equipment etc, by developing a supply base capable of delivering Eaton’s quality, delivery, and specification requirements at the lowest possible cost. The buyer role includes coordinating with strategic sourcing to develop a commodity strategy, sourcing, and managing supplier fulfillment by owning the fulfillment activity from purchase order issuance to part receipt into stock. The buyer may also work with new product teams during product development to support development process/timing with cost, sources and parts by supporting customer proposals.

  • Commodity Strategy Development/Sourcing
  • Fully understand Eaton and its customer requirements and effectively flow these to strategic sourcing group for creation and execution including grow, maintain, and exit supplier strategies.
  • Define and evaluate supplier performance requirements including quality, cost and timing expectations with cross-functional teams.
  • Support or lead execution of commercial agreement to reach lowest total cost including terms to mitigate economic and currency fluctuations as appropriate for assigned commodities. Example – long-term agreements, make/buy, market tests, etc.
  • Develop expertise on procurement of commodities related to hydraulic and pneumatic products and components that support Aerospace requirements.
  • Prepare, analyze, and make sourcing selections using RFQ and documentation to capture requirements (part numbers, drawings/specifications, volumes) and contract terms consistent with commodity strategy. 
  • Issue purchase orders in MRP system to suppliers.
  • Supplier Performance
  • Coordinate and co-lead supplier quality, capacity, and development meetings with supplier quality and other internal customers to improve supplier performance.
  • Analyzes data, including enterprise requirements (production, aftermarket, MRO) and planning information to facilitate and recommend actions to ensure optimal delivery of supplier materials.
  • Update and maintain purchase orders in MRP system for changes in design and delivery requirements.

  • Drive the process to eliminate waste in the value chain through the use of Kaizen, Lean Deployment, Total Cost Management, Quality Operating Systems, Cost Tables, etc. 
  • Negotiate and mitigate economic increases, production/development piece prices, design changes, NRE, and tooling costs, expedite costs, and cancellation costs
  • Resolve supplier payment issues with suppliers
  • Identify and execute cost reduction workplans with suppliers and cross-functional teams
  • Continuous Improvement/Training
  • Perform all other duties as directed by Purchasing Manager or Supply Chain Manager
  • Develop and present training to internal customers
  • Collaborate with peers and management to determine key goals and objectives, and corresponding metrics, to be completed during a determined period (usually one year). Review and amend these actions as appropriate. Focus on timely achievement of these goals and objectives.
  • Improve internal and external customer satisfaction
  • Create new and revise existing procurement and cross-functional processes to accomplish best-practice
  • Other
  • Record Management - Perform clerical duties to maintain Purchasing files in accordance with policies and retention guidelines.
  • Comply with Supply Chain and Purchasing procedures and ISO requirements
  • Be prepared to work some extended hours, when necessary, to complete a task
  • Be able to work in a team environment and demonstrate support of Eaton principles: teamwork, cooperation, respect, and integrity.
  • BS degree in Supply Chain, Business/Accounting or Engineering from a nationally accredited institution 
  • Minimum 4 Years procurement experience.
  • This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All accepted applications must be U.S. Persons as defined by ITAR (U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, Political Asylee, or Refugee).
  • At this time, relocation assistance is not available for this position. Only candidates in the immediate geographic area (50 mile radius) will be considered.
  • Understanding of Supply Chain Management operational concepts surrounding purchasing, logistics, incoming product inspection and inventory control
  • Demonstrated commodity strategy development skills
  • Demonstrated use of negotiated techniques and tactics
  • Ability to communicate – writing, technical writing, presentation, and verbal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others
  • Demonstrated ability to participate and lead a cross-functional team,
  • Ability to logically solve problems and to keep projects moving in an orderly and structured fashion

  • CPM or equivalent certification, a plus
  • Use of and deployment of electronic purchasing systems (eRFQ), VMI, and consignment, a plus
  • Aerospace, hydraulic, pneumatic and/or machined parts manufacturing, engineering, cost, and/or procurement requirements knowledge/experience
  • Proficiency with computers including MS Office and MRP systems.
  • Familiarity/experience with lean manufacturing, Kaizen events, and continuous improvement techniques (i.e. RCCA, Six Sigma methodology), a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with SPC principles and methods, a plus
  • Working knowledge of ISO-9001, AS9100 a plus
  • APICs training/certification, a plus
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