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

Senior Program Buyer

Location: 

Lafayette, IN, US, 47904-1863

Req ID 32791
   

We are looking for a new colleague in the Purchasing department at our location in Lafayette, Indiana

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Ensure on-time launch for programs and delivery at or below target cost for piece price, tooling, etc. as well as work effectively with the project team to meet targets for quality, delivery and other cost areas. Update and accurately maintain databases internal to ZF (PTS) for all new program launches.
  • 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.
  • Act as representative for Purchasing in Customer Quote process, including bill of material cost development and quotes that are aligned with organizational targets.
  • Ensure all necessary quotations are processed and assumptions are accurate from a Supply standpoint.
  • Organize and facilitate reviews in accordance with established ZF processes (GDPIM, end of phase reviews).

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 4+ years of experience with direct purchasing, including experience negotiating with suppliers and managing the supply base post-negotiations.  Global experience in the Automotive industry is preferred.
  • Experience leading teams, including cross-functional teams
  • Must have a solid understanding of financials as they relate to program launch and demonstrated ability to gather and analyze financial data to formulate recommendations
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel with proficiency in MS Word and PowerPoint, as well as familiarity with SAP and/or QAD
  • Must be able to conduct negotiations with suppliers as well as internal customers to achieve expectations related to cost, quality and timing. Prior negotiation experience including responsibility as primary spokesman for supplier negotiations is preferred
  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend technical documents (drawings, specs, engineering changes, etc.)

 

 

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

 

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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.


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