Eaton Corporation Buyer in Greenwood, South Carolina

Eaton’s Electrical Division is seeking a Buyer for our Greenwood, SC facility.

Position Overview:

Responsible for the procurement of a large variety of complex materials and services in order to effectively support the production requirements for the plant; develop appropriate stocking strategies to effectively to support the production requirements for the plant; work with corporate resources to identify product supply sources and review and negotiate purchase price; work with supplier quality team to qualify vendors to ensure the overall conformance of materials purchased to manufacturing specifications; assist facility with new product development; and manage vendor relationships/quality/delivery/inventory levels in accordance with plant objectives.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Maintain continuing knowledge and an understanding of the company’s outside supplier product demands and production scheduling techniques to support the timely availability and procurement of required materials within the current inventory guidelines.

  • Locate and select new and alternate sources of supply to meet the production requirements of the plant.

  • Establish and maintain effective contacts and working relationships with vendors and suppliers for all necessary information.

  • Prepare and communicate product specifications to vendors for bid as appropriate and negotiate with the most favorable bidder(s) considering costs, quality, delivery, etc.

  • Award and administer purchase orders and agreements in accordance with established company policies and procedures.

  • Develop, coordinate, and manage alliances with key suppliers.

  • Work with facility design engineers to support significant manufacturing project builds.

  • Perform other related activities and special projects as assigned.

  • Support corporate commodity managers on cost reduction programs.

  • Support supplier quality team through participation in the APQP/PPAP qualification process.

  • Support cycle counts for specific brands and / or MRO products and help support annual physical inventory.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering or Business from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum 6 months experience within production, procurement or engineering within a manufacturing environment.

  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of experience within production, procurement or engineering within a manufacturing environment.

  • APICS CPIM certification

Position Criteria:

  • Knowledge of materials planning systems, production planning, inventory control, and stockroom operations, Kanban.

  • Basic knowledge of computerized inventory systems, scheduling techniques, general manufacturing, and ability to interpret drawings and prints.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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Job: Supply Chain / Logistics

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: ESSG CPSD PRD Power Reliability Division

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?: Relocation from within hiring country only

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time