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Commodity Buyer in Northville, MI at ZF

Date Posted: 1/14/2019

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Commodity Buyer

Position Summary: The commodity buyer is overall responsible to deliver annual savings performance targets, to support the global lead on a global Part Family Strategy (PFS) with the cross-functional team and obtain BU approval annually along with sourcing new projects on time, at or below Best Practice Greenfield (BPG) and BU Target costs.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage purchasing price for a commodity and/or a defined set of suppliers within a commodity; review sources and bundling opportunities for cost-saving methods and opportunities; achieve the target cost established by the business unit for the commodity.
  • Ensure pricing information is accurate in applicable ERP systems
  • Preparation and support to Commodity Management for contract and sourcing negotiations for globally managed suppliers; support the global lead buyer on negotiations for regionally defined suppliers.
  • Analyze North American supply base to prepare and recommend suppliers to be added/removed from the approved supplier list as well as nominate suppliers for the Strategic Supplier List.
  • Support Global Competitive Sourcing benchmark activities
  • Perform market research and monitor changes/trends for purposes of benchmarking and cost controlling.
  • Support the global lead commodity buyers on assigned part family strategies
  • Manage supply base in regards to quality and delivery according to the escalation model
  • Investigate optimal suppliers for materials in a timely manner through the effective use of industry techniques, procedures, and planning methods, while complying with ZF company policy.
  • Track costs and statuses of negotiations, while and maintaining agreements with suppliers.
  • Explore methods/materials for total cost management and cost structure analysis.
  • Participate in continuous improvement programs in order to promote team efforts.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Understand and ensure compliance with all group directives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Make sure purchasing systems maintained with correct figures timely(VIN, SWAT, etc)

    Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Economics or related field
  • 3 - 6+ years of advanced experience in a professional purchasing capacity (i.e. technical/commodity purchasing, purchasing project management, purchasing management, etc.)
  • Experience with supplier analysis and evaluation (i.e. quality, capacity, cost, etc.)
  • Experience with supplier bidding process and complex negotiations
  • Experience with APQP and/or project management tools and methods
  • Proficient knowledge of purchasing tools, negotiation methods, and business communications
  • Deep knowledge of assigned commodity and related commodity market
  • Knowledge of cost improvement/containment topics and techniques
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project etc.)
  • Good technical abilities in business composition and mathematics
  • Good analytical abilities with a high attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently in a fast paced, high-volume environment
  • Proven ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel and management
  • Solid organizational and time/project management skills
  • Experience with SAP
  • Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally

    Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master's Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Economics or related field
  • C.P.P. (Certified Purchasing Professional) Certification
  • Experience in the Automotive industry
  • German and/or Spanish language skills

    ZF North America, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ZF North America, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. ZF North America, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ZF North America, Inc. employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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