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

Sr. Buyer - Program

Location: 

Gray Court, SC, US, 29645

Req ID 23989
   

Position Summary: Position is responsible for serving as the functional expert for all purchasing activities related to a defined program.  This position can serve as the purchasing lead for a program or a group of parts within a program, including all activities for successful new program introduction and management of components through the life cycle of a program. 

 

Your Responsibilities

  • Manage Bill of Material cost for a program or set of parts within a program; develop cost-saving methods and opportunities in order to promote overall business unit productivity and supplier competitiveness for defined program (i.e. through VA/VE methods, quoting, independent negotiations, etc.).
  • Preparation and support to Commodity for contract and sourcing negotiations.
  • 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. 
  • Develop part family strategies in concert with the commodity strategies 
  • Manage supply base both in regard to internal and intra-company initiatives, i.e. cost, quality, and delivery
  • Investigate optimal suppliers for materials in a timely manner through the effective use of industry techniques, procedures, and planning methods, while complying with ZF company policy.
  • Track costs and statuses of negotiations, while and maintaining agreements 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.

 

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Economics or related field
  • 6+ years of advanced 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 assigned commodity and related commodity market
  • Deep Knowledge of cost improvement/containment topics and techniques
  • 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

 

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

 

DIVERSITY COMMITMENTTo 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.


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Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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