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Program Buyer

  • Salary:
  • Job type:
  • Permanent
  • Location:
  • Elmdon
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Main Function / Purpose of Job (Note: In addition to these functions, employees are required to carry out other duties as may reasonably be required).

The primary responsibility of the Program Buyer is the fulfilment of purchasing objectives within the Programme Team, co-ordination and procurement of direct material, tooling and related equipment for a specific programme in line with Company guidelines and procedures. 

This position of the purchasing representative within the project team responsible for program launches within the assigned product-line. A primary responsibility of this position is to ensure on-time Sourcing 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. 

This includes the development and implementation of a program sourcing strategy driving the sourcing of new components in line with the Commodity Team strategy for the allocated Programme. Driving cost reductions for Gap closure, supplier management thru timing and delivery, enhance quality performance and support programs till job1 + 90.

The Program Buyer is also responsible for purchasing activities throughout initial program gateways for GDLS and launching process management, ultimately serving as the technical lead.

The Program Buyer leads purchasing activities for purchase components and material as a key member of the project core team, working with Engineering at initial sourcing and communicating changes and design levels to the Commodity team. 

Review material costs on assigned programs regularly to identify opportunities for reductions and improvements and ensure the Supplier costs are within/lower than the Programme Budget.

Ensure compliance with Purchasing processes and procedures.

Coordinate regularly with Commodity Managers to provide new business leverage.


Principle Accountabilities

Work with engineering, Strategic Commodity team, Program Managers, to ensure supplier performance and program deliverables are met.

Lead program profitability improvement activities across the supply chain.

Liaise with Strategic Commodity Buyer and Supplier Management, Communicate timings and sourcing milestones and cost target. 

Following selection, participate in the development and launch of new suppliers and conduct negotiations for/with the strategic commodity team

Manage and process supplier impact of engineering changes (ECN) after completion of Initial Sourcing by the Commodity Team through job 1 plus 90 days. 

Ensure Price LTA's and payment terms are in line with IAC's to the Customer or better.

Participate in Product Development Team (PDT).

Bill of Material, Tools and Equipment cost tracking and reporting.

Support Programme launch within a structured APQP process.

Support VE activity - logistics and supply chain, packaging, material cost, overhead structures, alternative materials where required, etc.

Identify cost and timing issues and resolve them. Escalation process if required .

Evaluate purchasing operations, maintain and track personal costs/budget, enforce company policy, and resolve issues with day-to-day operations and/or customers as required.

Procurement representative for Launch Management Process, timing tracking and supplier readiness for awarded business (components). 

Update and accurately maintain PROLINK for all new program launches.

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.

Analyze quotations from suppliers to ensure technical feasibility, total cost of ownership, tooling ownership, metal market specifics, and related facets to determine the best option for total cost management and initial cost estimation for new projects; ensure appropriate distribution of RFQs to supply base by Commodity.

Represent Purchasing at a variety of reviews related to program launch (sourcing committee, design review, Launch Readiness review Executive Launch Reviews, program review, change management meeting, etc.)

Develop cost savings methods and opportunities to promote overall CBU productivity and supplier competitiveness

Develop, maintain, and publish appropriate documentation as required by the applicable purchasing procedures.

Communicate supplier risks to project team

Perform other duties as assigned.


Preferred Education & Experiences to fulfil role (essential & desirable)

Commercial or technical degree or appropriate job experience

3 - 8 years within the industry, automotive or commodity related, purchasing experience operational and strategic involvement.

In depth understanding of purchasing tools and practices.

Ability to analyze cost structures/drivers relating to supplier price submissions and negotiate prices, timing, and terms.

Deep knowledge of purchasing tools, negotiation methods, and business communications.

Demonstrated performance in working cross-functionally and/or within a matrixed organization and working independently to obtain results.

Working Knowledge of cost improvement/containment topics.

Solid organizational and time/project management skills.

Takes initiative, managing timelines, handle large workload and efficient.

Team oriented with good communication skills.

PC knowledge (MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Controlling and cost analysis knowledge.

Fluent in English, German (preferred) and/or Swedish (preferred)


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