Technical Purchasing Specialist (VA/VE Team Leader)

Job Description See Below
Position Summary: Responsible to deliver VA and VE savings determined by the organization by deploying the global resources in the most efficient way. Understand Business acumen and Technical drawings, designs and be able to provide updates to Portfolio and Business Leadership, as well as be able to translate the requests to the team to complete them in a timely manner with quality results. Use all the processes, train his team members, and act quickly to environment changes as required by the business. Align with Purchasing functions with counterpart in Program Purchasing.
Position Responsibilities:
Constantly identify VAVE opportunities that may result in cost reduction or increased value to the customer.
Annually prepare the VAVE savings budget that will be included in the Financial Operating Plan
Prepare and obtain the CQA/Business Case and CEA sign-off by senior management for the projects to be implemented.
Manage the validation and implementation of the necessary design and process changes related to VAVE cost reductions.
Project Manage all activities and functions, including Product Engineering, Sales, Purchasing, AME and Plant Operations that are necessary to deliver the planned VAVE savings.
Work with Global VAVE functions to share and implement common improvement goals.
As appropriate hand off the day-to-day project implementation to Plant/Program Management after the required criteria are met.
Report the monthly status of the savings Forecast against Operating Plan and the necessary actions to be taken if shortfalls are evident.
Train, mentor and lead VAVE Engineers.
Understand and comply with TS 16949 and ISO 14000 requirements.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical, or related engineering field.
Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience working in related automotive industries preferably in Design, VAVE, and Program Management.
Ability to read & interpret engineering test results and customer / internal requirements
Good understanding of Business acumen, profitability measures, Cost break down, revenue
Ability to read & interpret PPAP, APQP and Quality documents and to run statistical & commercial analysis
Good verbal and written communication skills.
English language competency - both written and oral.
Preferred Skills and experience:
German Language skills
Master in Business Administration
(Lean) Production Systems Knowledge
Computer Aided Design (CAD) application experience
Reporting to Position: Member of Team
ZF North America, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ZF North America, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. ZF North America, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ZF North America, Inc. employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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