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

Program Buyer

Location: 

Gainesville, GA, US

Req ID 22374 | Gainesville 1, United States

  

We are looking for a new colleague to join our Purchasing & Supplier Development Team in Gainesville, GA!


Position Summary:  

The Program Buyer is responsible for the serving as the primary new program introduction and management of existing components for project related purchasing and supplier activities in his business unit or reporting unit. 

 

Position Responsibilities: 

•    Support projects through procurement of all materials needed for a particular end product.
•    Support the implementation of the ZF commodity strategies.
•    Manage the whole purchasing process for new products or localization of existing products through supplier search, 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.
•    Participate in continuous improvement programs in order to promote team efforts.
•    Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies. 
•    Understand and ensure compliance with all group directives.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Essential Skills and Experience:

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or Business Administration, Economics or related field.
•    3+ 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 and complex negotiations.
•    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.
•    Proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project etc.).
•    Superior technical abilities in business composition and mathematics.
•    Superior analytical abilities with a high attention to detail.
•    Proven ability to work independently in a fast paced, high-volume environment.
•    Proven ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel and management.
•    Solid organizational and time/project management skills.
•    Experience with SAP.
•    Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
  

Preferred Skills and experience:

•    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.
•    German and/or Spanish language skills.


Physical demands and work environment:  The physical demands and 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.

 

Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the associate is occasionally required to stand, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools; or controls;  reach with hands and arms; ascend stairs; balance; stoop; kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear taste or smell.  The associate must occasionally lift and /or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.

 

Work Environment:  While performing the duties of the job, the associate is exposed to an office atmosphere as well as the manufacturing floor.

 

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

 

DIVERSITY COMMITMENT

To harness the power of innovation, we invest in the development of diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to our company.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.


Nearest Major Market: Gainesville GA

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