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Senior Program Buyer

North Charleston, SC 29418

Posted: 12/15/2022 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Supply Chain & Procurement Job Number: 95804

Job Description

Title/Position: Sr. Program Buyer
Type: Direct
Location: North Charleston, United States
Relocation: Yes, an option, However Local Candidates are a Preferred Priority
Work Schedule: Hybrid Schedule (2-3 days in office)
Travel: None

Our client is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers.  Electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility

We are looking for a new colleague to join our client's Purchasing Department at our plant in Charleston, South Carolina responsible for Air Compressors and Remanufactured Products.

**(Product Line such as Air Compressors is not a requirement) **
Position Responsibilities:
  • Support projects through procurement of all materials needed for a particular product line.
  • Support the implementation of commodity strategies and execute design change initiatives to deliver VAVE savings.
  • Manage the whole purchasing process for new products or localization of existing products through supplier search and Bill of Material cost management; support the commodity organization in their request for quotations, commercial negotiations, contractual agreements including warranty and consignment agreements, prototype orders, and purchase orders and/or scheduling agreements.
  • Monitor the performance of the suppliers during program launch and through product life cycle.
  • Continuously review cost performance to target; nominate parts for Global Competitive Sourcing.
  • 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.
  • Perform market research and monitor changes/trends for purposes of benchmarking and cost controlling.
  • Track costs through life cycle of product, while maintaining detailed cost tracking with suppliers.
  • Explore methods/materials for total cost management and cost structure analysis.
  • Update tracking tools according to industry best practices and company policy.
  • Support product line escalations and followup with respective commodity buyers as needed.
 Essential Skills and Experience:
  • English language skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Economics, or related field.
  • 2+ years of relevant 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, negotiation, and cost estimate.
  • Experience with APQP and/or project management tools and methods.
  • Deep knowledge of purchasing tools, negotiation methods, and business communications.
  • Deep Knowledge of cost improvement/containment topics and techniques.
  • Experience with SAP and Excel (Pivot Tables, Formulas, Filters).
  • Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
 Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Spanish or German language skills.
  • Master’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Economics, or related field.
  • C.P.P. (Certified Purchasing Professional) Certification.
  • 3+ years of experience with highlevel/complex business and/or purchasing negotiations.
  • Working knowledge in blueprint reading, statistics, PPAP documentation, product costing, and specifications.
  • Experience in the Automotive industry.
Must Have(s):
  • SAP
  • Automotive Experience:
  • (Assembly, Mechanical, Castings, Aluminum)
  • Program Manager, Purchasing/Buying Experience (Electrical, Electronic Candidates will not qualify for this role)
  • BS Degree Required
  • 5+ Years of related experience
  • Knowledge and Experience with APQP/PPAPS
  • ** Ambitious, Energetic, Committed, Passionate is very important

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