Develops strategic sourcing plans and manages sourcing activities for commodities.
Performs comparative analysis of competing suppliers in order to recommend the most competitive source for a specified commodity.
Negotiates and establishes commodity prices in support of the department’s cost reduction goals.
Engages with end users of assigned commodities (client groups and/or engineers) to establish understanding of the requirements and specifications of commodities.
Plans, develops, implements, and maintains cost reduction plans for assigned commodities.
Tracks and validates cost savings data.
Establishes, executes, and manages contracts for assigned commodities; issues and maintains purchase orders, and related purchasing records.
In collaboration with upper management, manages cost changes for assigned commodities.
Coordinates activities between all departments and supplier base to ensure contract compliance and resolution of all major issues dealing with quality, cost, delivery, and design.
Updates databases and other records related to Purchasing functions on a weekly basis in order to accurately report statuses for assignment activities.
Analyzes progress toward departmental goals and initiates mitigation action(s) as needed to ensure that goals and deadlines are met.
Supports requests from others for data creation, data confirmation, status updates, and other activities as needed.
Contributes to departmental knowledge transfer by training and coaching new buyers and serving as a peer mentor.
Communicates with global counterparts to facilitate alignment of purchasing activities.
Engages in workflow improvement by developing analytical techniques for purchasing activities such as quote review and bundling analysis.
As necessary, performs other related duties of which the above are representative.
Strong understanding of strategic sourcing and cost reduction, including budget analysis, quote analysis, benchmarking, and negotiation.
Knowledge of the automotive industry and assigned commodity are preferred.
Strong personal skills in: communication (written and oral), business acumen, attention to detail, self-directed problem solving, building and maintaining professional relationships, and time/work management. The ability to engage and adapt in a fast-paced work environment is essential.
3+ years of related experience at a professional level.
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or a related field or equivalent experiences.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
An ability to learn and utilize other computer applications as necessary.
A start-up based in the Nashville area, backed by one of the largest automotive companies in the world. They deliver distinctive, comprehensive product line of superior quality parts engineered for Asian make vehicles, giving customers the peace of mind that the products will fit each time and perform to the standards of the Original Equipment parts. Their veteran team of automotive professional...s have over 100 collective years of automotive industry experience, reflecting a deep understanding and appreciation for the customers in the industry, allowing them to provide customers with premium Aftermarket Auto Parts.