Purchasing Commodity Lead Buyer

Detroit, United States
Full time

Main responsibilities and duties

 The Commodity Lead Buyer at AKWEL is responsible for building-up and controlling his /her supplier base and optimizing the purchases of his /her portfolio in compliance with the rules and objectives of the Group (quality, cost, delivery, quantity).

  • Consolidates the Group’s needs within his /her scope and anticipates their
  • Analyses his /her markets and monitors new technologies and transmit the information to internal department (Sales, Design department, ..)
  • Manages his /her supplier based on the defined Geographical zone (design, performance review, contractual aspects …)
  • Conducts a wide sourcing, with cost structure analysis, by technology. He/She conducts the first business with a new supplier
  • Anticipates low cost sources which can be used in development
  • Negotiates with key account suppliers (participation of Regional Purchasing Director or Executive VP Purchasing if required), integration feedback from the whole SUP01 Process contributors
  • Allocates Markets according to the proposal of the Project Buyers (previously validated by the Regional Purchasing Director)
  • Provides reporting based on defined terms
  • Guarantees best economic performance within area of competence coordinating Cost reduction action plan in link with Buyer as well as insure that all levers are used (technical, QCD workshop, ..)
  • Brings support to the Buyer in dealing with QRSQC in case of roadblocks with his/her suppliers.


Qualifications and Experience

  • 5 years minimum experience in purchasing high volume raw materials in the Automotive industry
  • Engineering/technical background
  • English language is required. Additional language is a plus
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without corporate sponsorship

Professional abilities

  • Good listening skills, persuasive, relationship skills, interpersonal skills, analytical and concise, autonomous
  • Ability to coordinate in a functional position
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office

Technical knowledge

  • Expertise in purchasing techniques (consultation, negotiation, business follow-up…).
  • Good knowledge of current regulations.
  • Must have a comprehensive knowledge of the various specialities included in the “Purchasing Management” process (project, quality, logistics, accounting).
  • Must have a general knowledge of different aspects of a business (management, manufacturing, etc…) in regards to supplier relations.


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