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Senior Buyer (Complex Assemblies)

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Scope Recruitment 26/04/2018
Position: Location: Sector:
Senior Buyer (Complex Assemblies)
Racine, WI Huntsville 3001 9th Ave SW Alabama 35805
0000-03-01 Industrial Manufacturing


 The Senior Buyer is responsible for the entire procurement process from sources selection to contract implementation, ERP system data maintenance, new supplier identification, portfolio optimization and engagement in the development and implementation of the Commodity Strategy. Cost reduction activities are a significant element of the role. The Senior Byer will be responsible for electric fans, wire harnesses, thermal expansion valves, but may have additional commodity responsibilities to balance workload.



Our Client has been a worldwide leader in thermal management since 1916. Our Client is a global company headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, with numerous operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. We design, engineer, test, and manufacture heat transfer products for a wide range of applications and markets. We're at work in practically every corner of the world, inside the things you see every day.



  • Facilitate RFI’s and REQ’s for new product programs and other sourcing initiatives
  • Manage ERP pricing updates
  • Support plant material and quality escalations as needed
  • Communicate with external suppliers to ensure date submittals align with overall program timing
  • Analyze spend data
  • Interface with multiple functional groups to manage projects
  • Assist with the supplier onboarding process
  • Support the extraction and consolidation of key functional performance metrics
  • Other support activities to enable new program introduction and/or strategic sourcing initiatives as required
  • Take part in the development and implementation of the community
  • Develop global expertise in target commodity and a thorough understanding of demand/supply market dynamics
  • Demonstrate good understanding of TCO (total cost of ownership) and various savings levers applicable to drive cost reduction
  • Execute defined strategic sourcing process for commodity
  • Prepare for and conduct contract negotiations
  • Redline complex contracts and monitor contract compliance
  • Monitor supply markets and industries including pricing trends, new suppliers and alternative solutions and supply risks
  • Identify critical supply disruption points in upstream value chain and formulate an effective strategy for mitigation
  • Support make versus buy analysis commodity globally
  • Focus on strategic suppliers/”partners” and support Value Analysis/Value Engineering with feedback from suppliers to drive ongoing cost reduction
  • Provide recommendations on strategic design improvements to Program Procurement and Engineering and minimize Total Cost of Ownership
  • Partner with Procurement Analytics to perform ongoing price/rate benchmarking to ensure market competitiveness
  • Travel up to 25% internationally
  • Work cooperatively with Supply Quality Engineering, Product Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering to assess the quality capabilities of new and existing suppliers to ensure that all product/material purchases meet defined quality standards
  • Anticipate supplier and internal operational issues that could affect supply. Lead/Support activities to resolve supply issues
  • Evaluate international procurement opportunities. Develop and execute procurement strategies that take advantage of Best Cost Country sourcing
  • Create and expand a continuous improvement culture to achieve improvement in targeted results
  • Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization including written, verbal, and presentation techniques



  • 5-10 years of experience in manufacturing company purchasing environment or related Engineering or Manufacturing experience while demonstrating high potential within the company
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects effectively
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid working knowledge of financial principles and product cost structure analysis
  • Well-versed at redlining and executed supplier contracts
  • History of continuous improvement responsibility with measurable results
  • SAP knowledge
  • Bachelor Degree in Business Management, Supply Chain, Engineering or other technical field
  • MBA Preferred

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