Supply Chain Buyer/Planner
Torrance , California
November 13, 2017

Eaton’s Electrical Controls and Protection Division is currently seeking a Buyer/Planner to join our winning team! The Buyer/Planner will be based out of Torrance, CA facility.

Position Overview :

As a Buyer/Planner, you will be working closely with Operations and Planning to eliminate material related bottlenecks. A successful Buyer/Planner will help mitigate production shortages, manage inventory levels, and ultimately play a pivotal role in our strive to meet OTD dates.  The Buyer/Planner owns metrics pertaining to receipt of raw materials such as: on time to stock, requisition to PO conversion rate, adhering to the AVL and quality requirements.


This position has the responsibility to create, review, amend, and maintain attainable and effective production schedules for assigned products and product families. The production planner is expected to utilize system tools inclusive of material requirements planning and capacity planning to ensure that the supply chain is effective in meeting the needs of our customers while maintaining required delivery and inventory goals.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • Quote and buy all Fabricated/Custom Items, Kanban Card items and all office/miscellaneous items
  • Control inventory impact by analyzing MOQ vs consumption
  • Maintain MRP health by aligning PO dates and managing PO quantities
  • Run and respond to daily MRP report
  • Run and respond to daily Exceptions Report (Reschedule In, Reschedule Out, Cancels, Late PO’s)
  • Issues and maintains all consignment purchase orders for key CMs
  • Resolve PO/Invoice discrepancies in a timely manner
  • Manage OSP components (plating, screening, etc.)
  • Process supplier related RMA’s
  • Pursue and track cost out in accordance with divisional supply base
  • Ensure fixed vendors align with divisional supply base
  • Execute MRP and the timely creation of shop orders to satisfy customer demand, achieve desired  stocking levels and maintain flow of work on the factory floor.
  • Communicate and coordinate with production supervisors and purchasing teams to ensure schedule adherence and recovery if required.
  • Analyze shortages by work order and/or customer order and communicate to Production Management and Customer Service
  • Review and maintain SAP data integrity inclusive of routings and bill of material accuracy.
  • Communicate frequently and proactively with customer service teams to meet or exceed customer expectations and establish effective relationships.
  • Track progression of production orders, investigate factors that affect schedules, and modify plans as necessary
  • Expedite critical orders throughout the supply chain.
  • Inform management of potential production problems and assist in the implementation of both short and long term solutions
  • Analyzes forecasted demand to ensure safety stock and strategic inventory levels on finished goods are maintained.
  • Perform planning functions required to achieve the timely and successful launch of new products and participate as assigned on new product development teams.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 1 year of supply chain experience
  • 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 will be offered with this position. Candidates must reside within a 50 mile radius of Torrance, CA to be considered.
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis without company sponsorship.
  • Eaton will consider for employment, qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCIHO

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution in Supply Chain or Industrial Engineering 
  • 2 years of experience in Supply Chain or Operations in a manufacturing setting
  • Buyer/Planning SAP experience
Position Criteria:
  • Collaborates effectively with Operations and Planning
  • Operates with limited supervision and efficiently controls MRP demand
  • Builds positive relationships, internally and with supply base
  • Maintains a positive attitude under pressure
  • Makes data driven decisions
  • Exhibits excellent analytical skills
  • Negotiates effectively with suppliers
  • Maintains a positive attitude towards change
  • Understanding of FA approval process

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: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: EPG CPD TAM

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

A little about us:
Eaton is a global technology leader in power management solutions. We make power operate more efficiently, effectively, safely & sustainably.

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