Eaton Corporation Associate Buyer/Expeditor in Wadeville, South Africa


The role provides an effective, efficient, fair, competitive and transparent buying and expediting service to the organization, and in addition coordinates and controls the purchasing and expediting function on the ERP system to ensure effective cost control and on time delivery from both internal and external suppliers. Operational role within the Supply Chain department.


  • Create Purchase orders on the ERP based on the MRP and requisitions

  • Daily confirmations/supplier acknowledgments on orders placed and ETAs

  • Follow-up on outstanding orders, expediting and escalating with suppliers. Informing the stakeholders

  • Keeping accurate and neat records, includes filing and 5S

  • Take part in HIGH 5 metric events (DOH, OTD, CONC & Safety) events with relevant stakeholders informing about ETAs and changes

  • Proactive expediting as necessary to meet sales targets.

  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external suppliers to provide proactive solutions within the expediting role.

  • Liaising with freight forwarders on incoming shipments, providing shipping clearances and validations of custom tariff codes applied.

  • Involvement in Global trade management compliance – Incoterms


  • Accuracy of orders processed (Suppliers, Items, Pricing, Qty, ETA)

  • Amount of orders processed per month / Amount of requisitions processed in time and accurately

  • Accuracy of overall files (All data on file, Confirmations, Shortage Lists)

  • Purchase according to the suppliers database & BBBEE requirements

  • Timeous actions to ensure 96% and above on OTD (against original due dates on delivery) of suppliers

  • Ensure meeting submissions, timelines and deadlines

  • Involvement in Continuous Improvement events



  • Microsoft Office (Intermediate and or Advanced Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

  • Vendor management experience.

  • Working ERP knowledge

  • Minimum of 3 Years Logistics, Purchasing and Expediting experience in a structured SCM environment (Corporate)

  • Decision making skills and highly motivated for change

  • Proactive and independent thinker

  • Expediting knowledge and Procurement experience is critical to the role

  • Stocktaking knowledge an advantage.


  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • Professional Presence

  • Holding Self and Others Accountable

  • Team Player – working with cross functional teams

  • Good telephone and email etiquette

  • Above average level of computer skills and proficiency

Below is the additional breakdown of the tasks involved:

  • Provide resolution on AP12, AP13 Hold reports

  • Provide resolution on Hold Report

  • Proplus – Supplier OTD measure

  • Update board in CSD with latest dues dates and ETA's on incoming shipments

  • Update CSD with proactive solutions should the original due dates no be valid

  • Address shortages for sites

  • Update OTD and PAST DUE register for CSD

  • Update shortages register on SharePoint for Workshop

  • Respond satisfactorily to email queries relating open PO's

  • Update all C360 expedite requests – update current Workshop

  • Respond satisfactorily to email queries relating open PO's

  • Update all C360 expedite requests – update current status

  • Reconciliation of all local orders and submit to finance

  • Involvement in Monthly PSK (Kaizen)

  • Update supplier lead times

  • Provide feedback on Action Message report to Pune - de-expedites and cancellations of orders

  • Update DMR register on SharePoint – Quality

  • Complete timeous placement of MRP order – weekly

  • Complete placing buyouts, consumables, CAPEX and service orders

  • Update graphs for Balance Board “A” items and Top 50 – action to close out deviations

  • Validate and update supplier schedules

  • Minute bi-monthly review with suppliers on SharePoint

  • Provide training on Supplier VIZ to external suppliers

  • Review and update Past due report from Pune - action on MFG

  • Complete Compu-clearing recon for finance files – Customs tariff compliance

  • Update and close out NCR's for Purchasing department according to the required due date

  • Update supplier complaints register with actions for supplier intervention/correction

  • Update premium freight register to track exceptions on deliveries (air/express)

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: HYD Hydraulics Group

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: No

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