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Program Buyer


Shanghai, SH, CN, 201814

Req ID 23945

Overall Purpose of Job

  • Sr Program Purchasing buyer, CT is part of MM PL CT, with the responsibility of developing and implementing specific product work packages to ensure the objectives of ZF Automotive and Operations are met. This position will be normally based within ZFAP.


Major Responsibilities 


 Project Control and Management


  1. Ensure Project milestones are met in accordance with company Global Product Development process.
  2. Represent purchasing in the GDPEP process (Product Development Process)
  3. Represent purchasing in the CQA process (Preparing customer quotations)
  4. Prepare the handover package to commodity for new program component sourcing
  5. Monitor drawing and BOM releases from engineering to ensure timely transition and planning
  6. Follow with commodity to ensure sourcing on time and meet CQA BOM
  7. Ensure commodity purchasing/procurement are aware of build demands & customer expectations
  8. Identify long lead times to commodity team & agree a management plan Arrange regular supplier reviews & visit key suppliers to ensure project is on track
  9. Support DV/PV builds
  10. Issue regular updates on project status to commodity team
  11. Confirm capacity capability through joint meetings with SDE
  12. Monitor issues & give early warning of any major hazards to projects
  13. Issue capacity statement from supplier based on known volume
  14. Establish component level expected ppm target based on customer expected target


Cost Control


  1. Issue CQA BOMs in SWAT to commodity team to enable sourcing time and costing.
  2. Confirm with estimating the business case BOM can be supported with identified quotations & pricing agreements
  3. Ensure component costs achieve commercial & business case expectations over life of product.  Monitor BOM cost as % of sales at a plant level and ensure actions are in place to maintain profitability on program-by-program basis.
  4. Track changes in BOM & record, drive action where necessary
  5. Track tool costs & amortization to ensure that overpayments do not occur.
  6. Monitor scrap/liability costs where applicable and ensure charge back to project team
  7. Liaise with commodity purchasing in order to obtain initial pricing based on known volume profile
  8. Identify target costs, should costs and compare to current costs and drive action to reduce BOM
  9. Identify with Cross Functional team and suppliers opportunities to take cost out to the product (VA/VE).
  10. Drive action in commodity purchasing to obtain Operating Plan budget and ensure profitability over planning horizon (5years minimum).


Component selection/control


  1. Guide & influence engineering component selections to meet strategic supply list
  2. Confirm that parts selected are acceptable for automotive applications & are suitable for manufacturing processes
  3. Liaise with commodity purchasing to ensure LOI/Purchase orders are issued in a timely manner
  4. Monitor APQP progress and regularly review with suppliers & SDE
  5. Review with engineering design phases & component change requirements
  6. Confirm life cycle of parts


Reporting & General


  1. Submit/present reports on project status as and when requested by Product Purchasing manager
  2. Submit/present reports on project status to Exec Management as and when required



Key Competencies

Awareness of the nature of business/corporate strategy and a much greater understanding of the appropriateness of different purchasing strategies

  • A broad understanding of the product and the market cost drivers for such a portfolio
  • A broad understanding of the nature of supply market structures. Detailed knowledge of commercial and contract law.
  • Familiar with Quality Management tools such as APQP, PPAP, Problem Analysis Tools, etc.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to express a subject clearly and understandable and to persuade others.
  • Good organizational skills, to categorize work processes according to importance
  • Ability to adjust or adapt to changed situations, problems and tasks quickly


Education & Work Experience


Education: Bachelor/Master Degree in Engineering/Technology or commercial subject


Language: Fluency in the English language


Experience: 8-10 years in a purchasing role. Auto background is a must. People management experience in a matrix organization is preferred.


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


Yichen Wu

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