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Company: Ultimate
Location: Novi
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

CATEGORY BUYER, NOVI, MIOur client located in Novi, MI is seeking a Category Buyer. This role will be instrumental in achieving significant cost reductions in line with budget targets, while improving product quality, and supplier service levels. The categories supported will be injection molding, resins, and decorative components.CATEGORY BUYER RESPONSIBILITIES -

  • Understand and support the development of Category Strategies for assigned (sub-)category within the Americas region.
  • Review preferred suppliers and ensure that suppliers from low-cost regions are identified where possible. Review gaps in the criteria for preferred suppliers.
  • Provide superior Supplier Relationship Management.
  • Prepare and submit RFQs related to new projects and current business benchmarks.
  • Sourcing of projects within the Business Unit and leveraging all new awards for cost reduction.
  • Support supplier negotiations and select suppliers in accordance with defined process and strategy.
  • Monitor adherence to commercial agreements, performance, and capacity of suppliers.
  • Manage tooling cost improvements, orders, and registration processes.
  • Review sourcing strategies for the assigned categories.
  • Ensure contractual coverage with our NA suppliers.
  • Perform Purchase Price Variance (PPV) / Non PPV reporting for area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a category strategy that fulfills KAs business needs and align them cross functionally.
  • Responsible for the category budget and to drive the teamwork to identify cost improvement opportunities, and secure implementation.
  • Involvement in high-level supplier escalation will be required to ensure no impact to KA nor our customers - quality issues, delivery delays, etc.
  • Ensure that KA has a supplier base that is capable to support KA's growth plans in terms of innovation, footprint, cost, and capacity expansion.
  • Negotiations to make certain that KA meets targets for the commercial results and cost savings targets for the Plastics, Resins and Rubber product category.
  • Act as the subject matter expert in NA for Plastics and Resins and provide the organization with market outlook knowledge and define potential impact to the business.
  • Map future needs and leverage KA spend to maximize benefit for KA
  • Supporting ERP system updates with monthly / quarterly price changes
  • Ensure Supplier Feasibility Evaluation before sourcing
  • Ensure Supplier data is maintained in ERP system and Jaggaer (Vendor Portal)
  • Future growth with potential to expand to Lead Category Buyer Position within the Category Team - desire for growth and development.CATEGORY BUYER REQUIREMENTS -
    • Bachelor's Degree or master's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering and/or other related discipline
    • Minimum 3 years of strategic purchasing experience in the automotive industry
    • Technical knowledge and experience working with injection molding and resins or similar category
    • Good SAP and ERP systems knowledge
    • Good Microsoft Office knowledge (mainly Excel, PPT)
    • Ability to plan and execute high level negotiations
    • Good problem-solving and analytical skills
    • Production technology understanding, preferably in automotive.
    • Passion for reducing cost.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills; additional languages are a plus.
    • Business acumen and commercial mindset
    • Demonstrated ability to develop strong business relationships and strategic alliance, both internal and external
    • Outgoing and committed team player with a strong commercial drive
    • Flexible and comfortable in a rapidly changing and demanding organization
    • Solid communication skills with an ability to convince and influence stakeholdersWe are an equal opportunity employer and make hiring decisions based on merit. Recruitment, hiring, training, and job assignments are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, or any other protected classification. We consider all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Keywords: Ultimate, Novi , CATEGORY BUYER, Professions , Novi, Michigan

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