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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Program Buyer

Country/Region:  US
Location: 

Charleston, SC, US

Req ID 44707 | North Charleston, United States

ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF 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 Purchasing Department at our plant in Charleston, South Carolina responsible for Air Compressors and Remanufactured Products.


Position Responsibilities: 

  • Support projects through procurement of all materials needed for a particular product line.
  • Support the implementation of ZF 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 ZF company policy.
  • Support product line escalations and follow-up 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 high-level/complex business and/or purchasing negotiations.
  • Working knowledge in blueprint reading, statistics, PPAP documentation, product costing, and specifications.
  • Experience in the Automotive industry.

 

Be part of our ZF team as Program Buyer and apply now!

 

 

Be part of our ZF team as Program Buyer and apply now!

Contact

Richard Gray

 

DIVERSITY COMMITMENT: 
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice. 

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility. 

Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Our Commitment to Diversity

ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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