Strategic Sourcing Buyer
Knorr-Bremse North America - Elyria, OH

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Position Summary:
Manage the Supply base to meet the strategic objectives of Global Purchasing Excellence (GPE) and the needs of the Customer (Internal / External), Product Business Team’s (PBT’s) and Manufacturing – in terms of Quality, Cost, Delivery, and commercial terms. Responsible for assigned commodity(s) as well as related sourcing strategies, cost reduction matters, and supplier relationships.

Essential Functions:
Develop, implement and manage commodity strategy; evaluate and select suppliers, including global opportunities, negotiation of supply agreements and rationalization of the current supply base

Develop and execute cost reduction and productivity initiatives directly aligned with commodity strategy; execute cost reduction programs including project management of supplier transitions

Drive continuous improvement in the supply chain in support of business goals utilizing long-term agreements and value engineering

Develop and implement actions to achieve supply chain management goals for commodity: 0 PPM, 100% delivery performance, productivity

Support and/or lead supplier quality improvement programs related to managed commodity

Develop and manage strategic supplier relationships while supporting Bendix / KB supply chain strategies and leveraging global synergies

Provide support to plants for strategic and supplier performance issues

Required Skills

Strategy - Create & Execute a ommodity and Sourcing strategies across organization with little influence from Champion

Project Management - Able to influence without authority. Demonstrated project management skills, able to management complex projects through project launch. Proactively addresses issues

Multi-tasking - High skill set, able to handle multiple priorities and work under pressure, apply to prioritize without directions and effectively communicate priorities

Influence - Ability to influence at all levels of the organization without support

Coach & Develop - Ability to coach/develop peers, less experienced buyers, plant buyers, and suppliers; Mentor newer Buyers

Negotiations - Expert negotiators, can negotiate outside of their comfort zone & skill set. Identifies leverage and creates win/win negotiating strategies with long term benefit to organization

Supplier Relationships - Can create supplier partnerships across cultures, can repair relationships with suppliers & across organization

Supply Chain - Understands and can clearly apply supply chain principles, can represent materials with suppliers

Supplier Evaluation - Can effectively evaluate new suppliers on all fronts (commercial & softer items, financial, process capability); have higher level commercial review with supplier leadership

Technical (Eng) - ability to read a print and effectively communicate with engineers as well as the ability to discern financial and feasibility of VAVE ideas; affectively be able to lead a design review & manufacturability reviews

Commodity Process - Recognized expert in the assigned commodity or product, fully understands cost structure

Required Experience

7+ years of previous experience as a Buyer or purchasing representative. Manufacturing based industry preferred with a strong background in heavy manufacturing.

Prior experience in Supply Base Management modules of SAP preferred.

Must have demonstrated experience and ability to gain proven results.

Experience utilizing multiple approaches to achieve cost reduction including negotiation, design changes, joint supplier programs, etc.

Bachelor degree required. Prefer degree is in Supply Base Management or Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering.

CPM / CPIM strongly preferred.

Green Belt certification preferred.

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