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Principal Program Buyer

Location: 

Farmington Hills, MI, US, 48331

Req ID 30786
   

This position is the Purchasing/Supply Chain representative to the project team responsible for program launches within the ADAS Portfolio.

 

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, engineering, business 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 highly preferred, 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. 
  • Must be able to conduct negotiations with suppliers as well as internal customers to achieve expectations related to cost, quality and timing

 

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

 

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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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