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Senior Program Buyer

Company: ZF Group
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: July 31, 2022

Job Description:

We are looking for a new colleague in the Purchasing department at our location in Lafayette, IndianaRESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure on-time launch for programs and delivery at or below target cost for piece price, tooling, etc. as well as work effectively with the project team to meet targets for quality, delivery and other cost areas. Update and accurately maintain databases internal to ZF (PTS) for all new program launches.
  • Work with engineering, commodity managers, supplier development engineers, program managers, to ensure supplier performance and deliverables are met and to identify cost and timing issues and resolve them.
  • Ensure sourcing activity is in line with cost targets and Purchasing processes (global bidder's list), driving the coordination of commodity strategies with the goals of the individual programs.
  • Facilitate cross-functional meeting including suppliers to improve program cost and delivery through design and development.
  • Assist in strategic evaluation of suppliers by conducting research, analysis and/or participating in the selection process. Following selection, participate in the development and launch of new suppliers and conduct negotiations for/with the commodity team.
  • Coordinate / lead efforts to identify and implement cost savings opportunities and meet assigned cost targets in the area of engineering changes, VAVE, lean activities and re-sourcing activities.
  • Act as representative for Purchasing in Customer Quote process, including bill of material cost development and quotes that are aligned with organizational targets.
  • Ensure all necessary quotations are processed and assumptions are accurate from a Supply standpoint.
  • Organize and facilitate reviews in accordance with established ZF processes (GDPIM, end of phase reviews).QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Bachelor's degree is required
    • 4+ years of experience with direct purchasing, including experience negotiating with suppliers and managing the supply base post-negotiations. Global experience in the Automotive industry is preferred.
    • Experience leading teams, including cross-functional teams
    • Must have a solid understanding of financials as they relate to program launch and demonstrated ability to gather and analyze financial data to formulate recommendations
    • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel with proficiency in MS Word and PowerPoint, as well as familiarity with SAP and/or QAD
    • Must be able to conduct negotiations with suppliers as well as internal customers to achieve expectations related to cost, quality and timing. Prior negotiation experience including responsibility as primary spokesman for supplier negotiations is preferred
    • Must have the ability to read and comprehend technical documents (drawings, specs, engineering changes, etc.)

Keywords: ZF Group, Lafayette , Senior Program Buyer, Other , Lafayette, Indiana

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