Strategic Buyer (German/English Bi-Lingual) in Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama
Manufacturing & Production
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Hart,Patrick, Spherion
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Job Description

- Offer a direct line of communication for and enable a voice for Procurement in meetings.
- Close Communication Gaps within GmbH departments and by offering dedicated buyer in Germany for US liaison.
- Responsible to work on all US project teams and take over assistance provided by GmbH Buyers.
- Work closely within Logistics/Materials Planning to work out shared volumes, shipment requirements, and offer assistance to bird dog issues.
- Work through commercial and contractual issues with European Suppliers by scheduling meeting to sit down and discuss open issues.
- Travel with SQE's to audits when possible and work with them to resolve any shared quality issues.
- Assist in harmonizing monthly and quarterly reporting, management review, and KPI's.
- Review open PPAP issues and work with Quality planning to resolve open PO's.
- Coordinate with R&D and change management process to effectively manage running changes and eliminate scrap.
- Lead development of commodity segment strategies for assigned programs.
- Responsible for negotiating all contracts, pricing and issues with suppliers.
- Support Project Development Teams for regional/global business pursuits programs.
- Work with and lead Project Development Teams and cross functional teams in managing the purchasing function for New Model programs.
- Conduct analysis on supplier quotes and competitively source lowest delivered cost with rationale.
- Negotiate long term strategic sourcing agreements with suppliers. Interview suppliers and evaluate their products and capabilities.
- Conducts continuous improvement and VA/VE workshops with suppliers to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Working hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

- Fluent in English and German
- Work on assignment in Germany for 1-3 years before coming back to U.S.
- Experience in international business and travel
- Project Management experience to drive these open topics to closure and work within the assigned project teams.
- Basic understanding of Supplier Management procedures and requirements.
- Basic understanding of international law and contracts
- 4+ years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.
- Bachelors in business, engineering or related discipline (technical aptitude desirable).
- International sourcing experience.
- Strong negotiation skills (cost increase avoidance, long term agreements and contracts).
- Proven cost reduction, continuous improvement & VA/VE experience.
- Professional experience within a global organization, preferably within the automotive industry.
- Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Assigned commodities and services including sources of supply, commodity markets, price trends, grades, and qualities.
- Common business practices relating to the purchase, pricing, terms, shipment, taxes, and payment of commodities.
- Ability to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and handle multiple projects and assignments with proficiency.
- Ability to travel as required up to 25%.
- Flexibility to travel between Germany and US on a quarterly basis or as needed.

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