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Work at the forefront of automotive innovation with ZF,
one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Global Principal Program Buyer

Location: 

Farmington Hills, MI, US, 48331

Req ID 43134 | Gbl Elec HQ - Farmington Hills, United States

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure on-time launch for programs and delivery at or below target cost for piece price, tooling, etc.
  • Work effectively with the project team to meet targets for quality, delivery and other cost areas.  
  • Work with engineering, commodity managers, supplier development engineers, program managers, to ensure supplier performance and deliverables are met and to identify cost and timing issues and resolve them.
  • Ensure sourcing activity is in line with cost targets and Purchasing processes (global bidder’s list), driving the coordination of commodity strategies with the goals of the individual programs.
  • Facilitate cross-functional meeting including suppliers to improve program cost and delivery through design and development.
  • Assist in strategic evaluation of suppliers by conducting research, analysis and/or participating 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.
  • Represent Purchasing at a variety of reviews related to program launch (sourcing committee, design review, launch readiness review, program review, etc.).
  • Liaise between and lead Portfolio, Engineering, Commodity Purchasing on key strategic purchasing topics.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree required, prefer course of study in supply chain management, business, engineering or other related field relevant to Purchasing
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Prior experience leading teams, including cross-functional teams. 
  • Must have solid understanding of financials as they relate to program launch and demonstrated ability to gather, analyze financial data to formulate recommendations. 
  • Global experience, especially AP, EU and Mexico. 
  • Must have advanced skills in Excel and be proficient in other software programs (Word, Powerpoint) and SAP and/or  QAD. 
  • Prior negotiation skills, including responsibility as primary spokesperson for supplier negotiations desired. 
  • Ability to read, and comprehend technical documents  (drawings, specs, engineering changes, etc).  

 

 

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

 

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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