Position Summary: Purchasing of indirect materials within the Service Center Procurement (SCP) for one or more specific plant locations and/or for a dedicated commodities NAO-wide using a variety of concepts, practices, and procedures.
•Responsible for purchasing and the procurement of supplies and services for one or more respective locations (except for centralized commodities)
•Responsible for dedicated commodities NAO-wide
•Position relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
•Prepare RFQs, examine prices, evaluate all quotes that are received, monitor the availability of items, compare specifications, and review alternatives to determine most desirable suppliers using tools such Decision Matrix, EXCEL-calculation, SAP or SupplyOn
•Maintain Info Records and Source List in SAP
•Locate and evaluate new suppliers (position is the first contact for prospective suppliers).
•Issue, maintain and store purchase orders for supplies and services for all departments in order to support ongoing plant operations
•Work closely with involved departments (specification, scope of work, approvals, lead times, etc.)
•Assist in driving optimum inventory levels for MRO supplies by driving continuous improvement such as KANBAN, Vendor Managed Inventory and consignment
•Maintain supplier relationships focusing on superior quality, competitive price, and timely delivery
•Communicate with suppliers concerning RFQ’s, POs, Deliveries and other issues may occur
•Define and negotiate supplies, warranty agreements, and other contractual/legal items as required
•Track and report purchasing volume of indirect materials and other KPIs for respective locations as needed.
•Communicate with managers & employees of operating department at respective locations and other NAO sites, SCP Buyers within the NAO organization, and global and local Commodity Managers in assigned commodities
•Maintain status reports in Microsoft EXCEL or other reporting tools to document progress of procurement activities
•Drives continuous improvements of processes and procedures in collaboration with the SCP manager and departments involved
•May provide guidance for other Junior- or SCP-Buyer supporting daily operations
•May lead team in implementation of new vendors, plants or process roll-out
•Other duties as assigned
Essential Skills and Experience:
•5-8 years of experience in purchasing, production or manufacturing experience (mainly handling of indirect materials).
•Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Finance (or equivalent)
•Computer/Software/Manufacturing System knowledge of SAP and/or NAVISION or similar system required.
•Experience and ability to function in a cross-functional team environment
•Good written, communication, organizational and detail-orientated skills
•Broad knowledge of principles and techniques of purchasing
•Broad knowledge of assigned categories, materials, processes, and indirect material
•A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected
•Ability to work on complex problems and use independent judgment
•Interpersonal and experienced negotiation skills
•Ability to travel, as it is required
Preferred Skills and experience:
•CPSM certification preferred
Interested Candidates should send their CV to the contact below. Please reference the job title in the subject line.
ZF Friedrichshafen - 15 months ago