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Senior Buyer

Farmington, Michigan · Accounting/Finance

Job/Position Summary

Manages procurement function for multiple commodities and suppliers as assigned.  Supports Site Purchasing Manager/Corporate Director in the establishment and attainment of departmental goals and objectives. 

The Sr. Buyer manages the procurement of required goods and services needed for the efficient operation of the SBU.  The Sr. Buyer, together with the Purchasing Manager/Director, establishes specific goals for quality, on time delivery and cost for the commodities/suppliers he or she has responsibility for and monitors the progress toward achievement of those goals.  Standard purchasing practices are used to carry out those goals and monitor progress toward their achievement.  Commodity management skills are being implemented by the Buyer as they are required.  These skills will include, but not be limited to, evaluating and implementing new and innovative ways to purchase goods and services (consignment, kanbans, supplier-managed inventories, commodity strategies etc.), development of negotiating strategies and supply base rationalization (expansion and reduction) as needed.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Purchase goods and services as assigned.  The Sr. Buyer is responsible for purchasing all goods and services assigned to them in accordance with established commodity strategies, company policies and purchasing procedures.  This includes initiating and evaluating quotations from suppliers, evaluating overall capability of potential new suppliers, de-sourcing suppliers as per strategic plans, on-site quality systems auditing, negotiating and implementing long-term agreements and working with suppliers and internal personnel to solve quality and delivery issues related to purchased products. 
  • New Product Development support including supplier evaluation, selection and qualification.  The Sr. Buyer is responsible for the purchasing aspects of new programs under development.  This includes areas such as source evaluation and selection, make/buy analysis, price and delivery negotiation.  The Sr. Buyer will work in a team environment with representatives from other disciplines throughout the company to ensure suppliers are involved early in the design phase of a program.  This, along with effective sourcing and negotiating, will contribute to making sure new products and programs are launched with high quality at the best value.    
  • Lead/develop and implement SBU sourcing and commodity strategies. 1 to 2 strategy deployment/updates per year.  Meet cost improvement goals for commodities assigned.  The Sr. Buyer will work with SBU and/or representatives from other locations within the corporation to maximize the purchasing leverage.  Where applicable, the Sr. Buyer will either lead or be a team member on commodity teams designed to determine similar products purchased by different divisions, develop and implement sourcing/commodity strategies to optimize purchasing leverage and monitor the overall effectiveness of the purchase agreements.
  • Negotiate and execute long-term purchase agreements with legal input/review.
  • Identify and implement cost improvement program opportunities on carryover programs/new launches, including make/buy analysis.
  • Supplier training and education.
  • Supply base consolidation and risk analysis.
  • Continuous improvement of supplier performance and departmental procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Sound decision-making skills using analytical data and information from internal and external sources.  Able to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
  • Must be comfortable in performing multi-faceted and complex projects.  Proactive in developing financial analyses for new and unique business supplier events.
  • Must be organized and detail-oriented; Able to establish and adjust priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Comfortable working with both high-level and lower-level projects. Able to perform multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
  • Strong communication skills.  Must be able to explain complex financial data and other supportable information to different levels in the organization.
  • Work well with diverse skill levels across the organization and develop strong working relationships with purchasing personnel, external suppliers, and cross-functionally.

Education and Experience

  • B.S. or equivalent in General Business or Supply Chain Management with 3-10 years of progressive purchasing experience.  Must possess excellent communication skills and leadership capabilities.  Automotive or manufacturing background preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work several hours at a computer.
  • Ability to travel (domestic and international) as needed, approximately 25% travel.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment; Primary office location in Farmington, MI or Lisle, IL.
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