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Senior Buyer / Buyer II - Program

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Responsibilities
Position Summary:
The Senior Buyer - Program 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.
Position 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 regards 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.
Essential Skills and Experience:
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
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
6 years of managing/directing others in addition to delegating/tracking independent work assignments and training programs
6 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
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