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one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Non-Production Buyer

Location: 

Lapeer, MI, US

Req ID 24450 | Lapeer, United States

  

Position Summary:  
The Non-Production Material (NPM) Buyer is responsible for purchasing of indirect materials within NPM for one or more specific plant locations and/or for dedicated commodities NAO-wide using a variety of concepts, practices, and procedures.


Position Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for purchasing and the procurement of supplies and services for one or more respective locations (except for centralized commodities).
  • Responsible for dedicated commodities NAO-wide.
  • Prepare RFQs, examine prices, evaluate all quotes that are received, monitor the availability of items, compare specifications, and review alternatives to determine most desirable suppliers using tools such Decision Matrix, EXCEL-calculation, SAP, or QAD.
  • Maintain Info Records and Source List in SAP, or QAD.
  • Locate and evaluate new suppliers (position is the first contact for prospective suppliers).
  • Issue, maintain and store purchase orders for supplies and services for all departments in order to support ongoing plant operations.
  • Assist in driving optimum inventory levels for MRO supplies by driving continuous improvement such as KANBAN, Vendor Managed Inventory and consignment.
  • Maintain supplier relationships focusing on superior quality, competitive price, and timely delivery.
  • Communicate with suppliers concerning RFQ’s, POs, Deliveries and other issues may occur.
  • Define and negotiate supplies, warranty agreements, and other contractual/legal items as required
  • Track and report purchasing volume of indirect materials and other KPIs for respective locations as needed. 
  • Communicate with managers & employees of operating department at respective locations and other NAO sites, NPM Buyers within the NAO organization, and global and local Commodity Managers in assigned commodities.
  • Maintain status reports in Microsoft EXCEL or other reporting tools to document progress of procurement activities.
  • Drives continuous improvements of processes and procedures in collaboration with the NPM manager and departments involved.
  • May provide guidance for other Junior- or NPM-Buyer supporting daily operations.
  • May lead team in implementation of new vendors, plants or process roll-out.
  • Maintain technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Comply with all company and TS16949 policies and procedures.

 

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Finance (or equivalent). 
  • 1-2 years of experience in purchasing, production or manufacturing experience (mainly handling of indirect materials).
  • Computer/Software/Manufacturing System knowledge of QAD, SAP and/or NAVISION or similar system required.
  • Broad knowledge of principles and techniques of purchasing.
  • Broad knowledge of assigned categories, materials, processes, and indirect material.
  • Interpersonal and experienced negotiation skills.
  • Ability to travel, as it is required.


Preferred Skills and experience:

  • Experience in the Automotive industry
  • German and/or Spanish language skills. 

 

Be part of our ZF team as Buyer I-Non-Production 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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