Buyer II - Program

Job Description See Below
Position Summary:
The Buyer II-Program is responsible for the serving as the primary new program introduction and management of existing components for project related purchasing and supplier activities in his business unit or reporting unit.
Position Responsibilities:
Support projects through procurement of all materials needed for a particular end product
Support the implementation of the ZF commodity strategies
Manage the whole purchasing process for new products or localization of existing products through supplier search, Bill of Material cost management; support the commodity organization in their request for quotations, commercial negotiations, contractual agreements including warranty and consignment agreements, prototype orders, and purchase orders and/or scheduling agreements.
Monitor the performance of the suppliers during program launch and through product life cycle
Continuously review cost performance to target; nominate parts for Global Competitive Sourcing
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.
Track costs through life cycle of product, while maintaining detailed cost tracking 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 Industrial Engineering or Business Administration, Economics or related field
3 - 6 years of relevant 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 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
3+ 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
Reporting to Position:
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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