Senior Program Buyer in Livonia, MI at ZF

Date Posted: 4/16/2018

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Job Description

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow – and beyond.

Are you up for the challenge?

Position Description
This position is the Purchasing/Supply Chain representative to the project team responsible for program launches within the assigned product-line. A primary responsibility of this position is to ensure on-time launch for programs and delivery at or below target cost for piece price, tooling, etc. as well as work effectively with the project team to meet targets for quality, delivery and other cost areas.

Position Requirements
  • Work with engineering, commodity managers, supplier development engineers, program managers, to ensure supplier performance and deliverables are met
  • Identify cost and timing issues and resolve them
  • Update and accurately maintain databases internal to ZF (PTS/SWAT) for all program launches
  • Ensure sourcing activity is in line with cost targets and Purchasing processes (global bidder's list)
  • Drive the coordination of commodity strategies with the goals of the individual programs
  • Facilitate cross-functional meetings including suppliers to improve program cost and delivery through design and development
  • Assist in strategic evaluation of suppliers by conducting research, analysis and/or participation in the selection process. Following selection, participate in the development and launch of new suppliers and conduct negotiations for/with the commodity team
  • Coordinate/ lead efforts to identify and implement cost savings opportunities and meet assigned cost targets in the area of engineering changes, VAVE, lean activities and re-sourcing activities
Essential Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Primary studies in Program Management, Materials/Logistics or Supply Chain preferred
  • 5+ years in engineering (applications or product), program management, or work experience performing responsibilities described above
  • Prior experience leading and/or participating in teams, including cross-functional teams.
Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Certification as Green Belt in Six Sigma preferred, or similar problem-solving/process improvement methodology
  • Current profession certifications highly desired (PMP, PgMP) ~cb~


Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

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