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Ladson South Carolina
  1. Finance, HR and Administration
  2. Permanent
1086848
$60000 - $80000
Job Summary:
Responsible for sourcing & purchasing of production and non-production material from both local/domestic and international suppliers. Responsible for meeting program timing and cost in support of North America LLC goals and objectives.

Essential Functions:
 Negotiate prices, capacity and timing for: Prototypes, PPAP samples, production material, and tooling with suppliers in order to meet project targets
 Submit RFQs to suppliers for new components and engineering changes to existing components
 Analyze data & propose sourcing solutions.
 Represent Purchasing in cross departmental project teams
 Assist with efforts in new supplier development, validation & implementation
 Assist in resolution of supplier, commercial, delivery and quality issues
 Support development of North America’s purchasing and supply base strategy
 Support Low Cost Country (LCC) strategies
 Support supplier audits and run at rates
 Communicate and coordinate activities with buyers in Haldensleben, Germany and Ladson, SC
 Prepare & present purchasing activity reports
 Work miscellaneous procurement and administrative projects as required
 Maintains department quality standards per IATF 16949 requirements
 All employees are responsible for having an awareness and understanding of North America’s commitment to ISO 14001.

Education:
 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent in a technical related field
 APICS or ISM affiliation/certification preferred

Experience:
 At least 3-4 years of experience in direct material purchasing functions or 6-8 years in supply chain – logistics functions within a manufacturing organization
 International and wide-range domestic purchasing experience preferred

Specific Skills:
 Knowledge and experience of automotive Advance Product Quality Planning (APQP)
 Knowledge and experience of Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) methodology
 Ability to interpret drawings
 Ability to perform cost and financial calculations (e.g. CAPEX)
 Strong knowledge of Continuous Improvement methods
 Knowledge of capacity and OEE calculations
 Must have excellent negotiating skills for commercial issues
 Must exhibit strong self-reliance and assertiveness
 Capable of using detailed problem solving skills
 Display high sense of organization and distinctive organizational skill
 Must be able to use MS Office software effectively, special knowledge of MS Excel required
 High level of interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
 Tier 1 or Tier 2 Automotive manufacturing purchasing experience
 Knowledge/experience of forging, machining processes, and purchasing steel commodities
 Project management skills a plus
 Ability to read, write, and speak German a plus
 International business and experience a plus
 SAP R/3 working knowledge

Physical Requirements:
 Must be able to walk/move about a 190,000 sq ft manufacturing facility: 90% of the time
 Must be able to stand/walk/move about specific work area: 75% of the time
 Must be able to bend/reach/twist/stoop: 40% of the time
 Must be able to lift up to 30lbs on a frequent basis: 30% of the time
 Must be able to lift over 30lbs on an infrequent basis: 10% of the time
 Must be able to push/pull materials using motorized and non-motorized material handling equipment on an infrequent basis: 20% of the time
 Must be able to sit at a work station: 80% of the time
 Must be able to work and operate a computer terminal: 80% of the time
 Vision is required to analyze and process work; and to work on computer terminal/machine centers, etc.
 Hearing is essential for safety reasons; and to communicate with employees, supervisors, managers, vendors, suppliers and customers via conversation, group meetings, and/or phone conferences
 Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required
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