Eaton seeks experienced buyers to join Dublin team

30 July 2013

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31 July 2013 | Adam Leach

Engineering and power management firm Eaton is looking to recruit experienced procurement professionals as it starts to build a central purchasing team in Dublin.

The company is transferring centralised purchasing from the US to the Irish capital city, as it establishes a new corporate HQ there following the acquisition of Cooper Industries in November 2012.

The business wants to hire at least eight purchasers in 2013, responsible for a range of indirect categories, such as IT and road freight. And it plans to significantly increase the size of the team in the coming years as the function matures.

Speaking to SM, Les Ball, vice president of supply chain management for EMEA at Eaton, explained the ideal candidates would combine specialist experience with a global outlook. “Beyond just category and supplier management experience, we need individuals that have got an aptitude to work across different cultures, have good strong leadership and influencing skills and strong subject expertise in their given category,” he said.

Ball explained moving the purchasing operation over to Dublin from the US was motivated in part by the fact the time zone will make it easier for buyers to communicate and build relations with its global supply base. North America is the company’s largest market but it is experiencing significant growth in emerging markets, such as Asia. In 2012 the company reported revenues of $16.31 billion (£10.7 billion).

The recruitment of eight purchasers is envisaged to be a first step, with plans to increase the number of categories managed by the team, with the anticipation the team will grow over the next few years.

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