Our client, a top tier global OEM, is seeking a Purchasing Assistant Manager to join their team about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, IN. This role will be responsible for coordinating activities between the buyers, purchase price maintenance and supplier nomination.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordination of purchasing activities as defined in project management between buyers within purchasing team.
Serve as a lead facilitator for negotiations with suppliers about RFQ's, quotations, deliveries and supply or purchasing contracts.
Define purchasing strategy and vendor base for direct material by analyzing demand versus the development and maintenance of the correct vendors in terms of price, quality, and other purchasing conditions.
Responsible to decrease direct material total enterprise cost.
Manage flawless execution of supplier changes (ex. accurate contract, on-time implementation, etc.)
Cooperate pro-actively with departments like Production-engineering, Engineering, Quality, Sales, Production and others.
Analyzing of quotations related to price, quality, purchasing terms and advising supervisor about sourcing decisions.
Developing and maintaining relationships with (potential) vendors
Perform market research and supplier visits to locate and identify potential new sources.
Assure timely delivery of ordered goods and/or services.
Travel domestically and internationally to suppliers, manufacturing sites and industrial exhibitions.
Complete work assignments within allotted time frame for current projects.
Support co-workers activities as required.
Assist management in developing and negotiating supplier contracts.
Perform other duties as assigned by Management.
Bachelor's Degree in applied science or engineering field.
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
5+ year's prior experience as buyer for automotive parts and/or casting parts.
Demonstrated experience working with contract manufacturers, suppliers and/or distributors.
Experience in APQP activities for Automotive parts Tier 1 supplier.
Willingness to travel when required.
Demonstrated understanding of AIAG Auto guidelines.
Fundamental technical knowledge.
Ability to analyze and understand (business) processes.
Knowledge of (potential) supplier market for the above mentioned components.
The ability to operate a PC including mainstream software like MS-office, Windows and experience with ERP systems.
Legal understanding when making agreements, contracts with suppliers and the ability to judge the (legal) impact of certain agreements with suppliers.
The ability to manage a team of (MRO) Buyers.