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Senior Buyer

Location: 

Fenton, MI, US

Entry Level:  Professionals (3+ years)
Function:  Purchasing

Webasto is looking for:

POSITION SUMMARY: Purchases direct and indirect materials, capital equipment, and services of a specialized or complex nature supporting various commodities and assemblies. Manages domestic and global supplier negotiations, sourcing material on time and to target.  Driving annual cost saving activities. This position requires initiative and independent judgement. The Senior Buyer will directly interact with cross functional teams such as Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality, Production, and Finance. Some travel may be required.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following     

  1. Manage assigned commodities/projects – procuring materials and services
  2. Assist in sourcing materials and services with new suppliers, including international, in support of assigned projects – prototype through production
  3. Develop and release competitive RFQ’s / proposals; evaluate & score bids; negotiate best value; manage contracts, terms and supplier relationship
  4. Will take SRM ownership to quickly resolving Supplier conflicts, identifying solutions and pro-actively driving improvement actions
  5. Monitor / Track supplier PO’s for OTD to satisfy customer order fulfillment requirements; implement key metrics including cost, delivery and other performance indicators as required
  6. Format and develop various reports using Excel, Word, Power Point for status updates
  7. Prepares and evaluates make-or-buy-concepts
  8. Receive (non-production related) purchase requisitions for processing into purchase order; tracks the activity to ensure on time and quality deliveries;
  9. Works directly with project team, reports status and provides solutions to delivery or quality issues.
  10. Manage MOQ requirement to ensure optimization (inventory ITR, lead time, cost balance)
  11. Initiates and implements cost savings related to purchased materials
  12. Mentors other buyers to ensure consistent protocol and process adherence

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Bachelor’s degree in relevant study
  2. Business/technical studies
  3. Work Experience: minimum 5 years
  4. Foreign Language: German (not required but preferred)

KNOWLEDGE AND PROFICIENCY OF:

  1. Strong verbal & written communication & negotiation skills
  2. Proficient in Microsoft Office
  3. Prior experience in Axapta and SAP, desirable
  4. Knowledge of APQP Process.
  5. Follow ISO14001/9001, IATF/TS16949 processes, as required
  6. Everyone has the responsibility and right to stop production or shipment if they suspect product does not meet quality requirements

GENERIC SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  1. Build both internal and external relationships
  2. Collaborate with other departments
  3. Ability to read and interpret blueprints
  4. Experience with localization of products.
  5. Confident appearance at all hierarchical levels
  6. Analytical, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial thinking and acting
  7. Reliable and well-structured way of working
  8. Sound knowledge in cost analysis
  9. Ability to identify cost savings/reduction opportunities.
  10. Ability to work under pressure and pronounced solution-based approach

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, work is primarily performed indoors with extended periods at a computer, on the telephone, sitting or standing.  Employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, calculators, computers; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, talk or hear, taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds in order to carry files, records, office supplies and materials. 

 

Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Basic communication skills such as talking, seeing, and hearing are needed for frequent person-to-person contacts, and telephone usage. 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to normal in-office weather conditions / environment.  The nature of the work has frequent interruptions; contact with the vendors and employees and requires communication skills coupled with constant exposure to confidential information.  May be required to work beyond normal working hours.

 

 

Webasto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against  race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status. 


Nearest Major Market: Flint
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit