Program Buyer

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    Market related

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    Lisa Osborne

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    01384 446162

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    almost 2 years ago

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Program Buyer

Automotive Tier 1


Program Buyer required by leading automotive Tier 1 manufacturer.  With an extensive global customer base, contributing to over 300 vehicle platforms across a broad range of transportation OEMs. Representing the purchasing team as part of a global project team across program launches, on-time sourcing, as well as working effectively as part of the project team. 

Reporting directly to the European Purchasing Program Manager, as Program Buyer, you will be:

  • Leading the fulfillment of the procurement objectives within the Programme Team, co-ordination and procurement of direct material, tooling and related equipment for a specific programme in line with Company guidelines and procedures.
  • Represent purchasing, ensuring on-time sourcing for programs and delivery at or below target cost for piece price, tooling, etc.
  • Developing and implementing a program sourcing strategy driving the sourcing of new components in line with the Commodity Team strategy for the allocated programme.
  • Driving cost reductions for Gap closure, supplier management through timing and delivery, enhance quality performance and support programs til Job 1 +90.
  • Lead all purchasing activities throughout initial program gateways for GDLS and launching process management, ultimately serving as the technical lead.
  • Purchase components and material as a key member of the project core team, working with Engineering at initial sourcing and communicating changes and design levels to the Commodity team.
  • Review material costs on assigned programs regularly to identify opportunities for reductions and improvements and ensure the supplier costs are within/lower than the Programme Budget.
  • Ensure compliance with Purchasing processes and procedures.
  • Coordinate regularly with Commodity Managers to provide new business leverage.

The Person:

We are seeking an experienced Program Buyer,who offers:

  • Commercial or technical degree or appropriate procurement experience.
  • Proven industry experience, automotive or commodity related, purchasing experience operational and strategic involvement.
  • Ability to analyze cost structures/drivers relating to supplier price submissions and negotiate prices, timing, and terms.
  • Deep knowledge of purchasing tools, negotiation methods, and business communications.
  • Working Knowledge of cost improvement/containment topics.
  • Solid organizational and time/project management skills.
  • Team oriented with good communication skills.
  • PC knowledge (MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Controlling and cost analysis knowledge.
  • Fluent in English, German (preferred) and/or Swedish (preferred)

This is an excellent opportunity for a procurement specialist and in return for your program purchasing expertise we offer a competitive salary and benefits package.  Interested?  Please forward your CV asap to or contact Lisa direct on 01384 446162 for further details.

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

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