Eaton Corporation Senior Buyer in Los Angeles, California

Eaton’s Aerospace Group has an opening for a Senior Buyer. This position will be located in Los Angeles, CA.

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 work plans 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


  • Record Management - Perform clerical duties to maintain Purchasing files in accordance with policies and retention guidelines.

  • Comply with Supply Chain and Purchasing procedures, FAR, DAR, and ISO requirements

  • Able to work in a team environment and demonstrate support of Eaton principles: teamwork, cooperation, respect, and integrity.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required

  • Minimum 5 years in purchasing/procurement experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship

  • This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee

  • No relocation benefit is offered for this position. Only candidates currently residing within a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles, CA will be considered

Position Criteria:

  • 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

  • Strong project management skills to include leading cross functional teams and outside suppliers to resolve problems to meet production schedule.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business, or Engineering

  • 10 years in purchasing/procurement in an Aerospace manufacturing environment supporting direct materials such as complex machine components, LRUs, Servo Valves, castings, forgings, and various hydraulic assemblies

  • Experience with Purchase Order justification for awards and pricing analysis to ensure government compliance to include passing CPSR audits and other requirements

  • CPM or equivalent certification, a plus

  • Ability to read blueprints and specification and has the ability to understand and interpret various quality and contractual requirements

  • Strong leadership ability to help other team members and provide guidance and support

  • 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

Eaton will consider for employment, qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCIHO

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: AER FMC Fuel Motion Control Systems

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

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