Commodity Manager - Fluid Conveyance
Eden Prairie , Minnesota
January 04, 2017
Job Description
Eaton’s Fluid Conveyance Division is seeking a Commodity Manager.  The Commodity Manager will be based at our Eden Prairie, MN facility.
Position Overview :
Responsible for strategic management of rubber polymers, chemicals, oils, fillers, etc. purchased by Hydraulics Fluid Conveyance Division globally.  This position is responsible for $100M of spend in the Americas and will be additionally be responsible to coordinate the global spend of $300M for these commodities.  Will manage external rubber purchases of rubber through custom mix suppliers.
Will develop, manage, and implement commodity strategies that meet the organizations cost, quality, delivery and other prime goals.  Will lead the development, management and implementation of sourcing strategies to position Hydraulics to achieve growth, cost, quality and delivery goals.
Will also develop, deploy and execute direct material cost out projects and strategies, requiring global coordination with Supply Chain, Product Management Operations and Engineering functions.
Essential Responsibilities :
  • Develop commodity sourcing strategies to effectively leverage Eaton’s Hydraulics spend and work with commodity managers in other Eaton businesses to identify synergies to deliver cost benefits.
  • Ensure commodity strategies are aligned with latest internal and external environmental, market and economic factors. Build and maintain organizational consensus and alignment to the commodity strategies.  Regarded as commodity and market subject matter expert for assigned commodities.
  • Build a global strategic supply base that meets the business growth, capacity and performance needs. Manage the supply base to achieve goals working with regional and plant level supply chain and operations functions.
  • Initiate, plan, monitor and execute global direct material cost down projects, and build and maintain project pipeline, within a portfolio program management tool. The projects will provide NET  3-5% savings to achieve SCM objectives.
  • Lead critical, strategic cost out projects to ensure key cost reduction targets are met and process is maximized to deliver expected results. 
  • Negotiate and manage key strategic supplier contracts, Long Term Agreements, cost negotiations and relationships.
  • Responsible for supply continuity and risk mitigation for the responsible commodity.
  • Conduct Supplier Business Reviews with strategic suppliers on a regular basis annually.
  • Develop strong positive ethical relationships with suppliers & adhere to Eaton’s Code of Conduct.
  • Manage supplier compliance and communications associated with Eaton Corporate initiatives (Ethics compliance, EHS requirements, etc.).
  • Support corporate supply chain programs and initiatives, for example Diversity Spend, International Procurement Office and Supplier Risk Management.
  • Develop supply and replenishment strategies that ensure supplier on time deliveries with progressively shorter lead-times.

Basic Qualifications (Including Educational Requirements)
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3 years supply chain management experience
  • Minimum 3 years combined experience in rubber, plastic or chemical commodities
  • Legally authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship 
Preferred Qualifications :
  • MBA
  • Professional Purchasing Certification preferred
  • 3+ Years technical experience in hose manufacturing and development
  • 3+ years’ experience working with suppliers 
  • Ability to lead teams, influence and manage people
  • Demonstrated strategic thinker, capable of developing plans and actions to achieve targeted goals
  • Solid relationship builder and team player with  strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working globally and dealing with multi-national and off-shore suppliers
  • Manufacturing industry/environment experience required
  • Strong ethics and professional presence required
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated project leadership success spanning multiple regions
  • Results and detailed oriented
  • Commodity or technical expertise preferred in the areas of raw material and manufacturing
  • Ability to create a compelling vision, establish strategies, communicate them effectively and measure results
  • Demonstrated leader, team player and relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit At Eaton, we see things differently. We see opportunities to innovate, go above and beyond, and we work hard because what we do reflects who we are. If you see things differently—if you’re determined, motivated and focused on improving the world around you—then it’s time to see where a career at Eaton can take you. For more information, visit Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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