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Plant Purchasing Buyers

GKN

Roxboro, United States of America

Role Purpose
Manage and monitor supplier QCD issues in a plant or a group of plants in line with the Division Purchasing Policy. Manage new program launches in the plant(s).

Key Responsibilities
Suppliers QCD performance – Direct and/or Indirect Materials

Monitor the PPM and MPM budget targets for assigned suppliers and commodities. For any quality or delivery issue, ensure that appropriate action plans are implemented in the plant by the SQA or Supply Chain team. Charge the suppliers for all justified costs related to non-quality or missed delivery costs generated and ensure full and timely payment.

Manage the purchasing budget performance follow-up in the plants and run, in coordination with the Regional Commodity Buyers, all necessary sourcing and action plans to ensure budget achievement (negotiation, re-sourcing, VA/VE., etc.).

Apply Region/Division/Group policy & contracts, and negotiate specific local requirements for their implementation.

Manage contracts with assigned local suppliers per Company policies.

Approved Vendor List (AVL) and Productivity

Monitor compliance to the AVL, and propose and contribute to AVL sizing adjustment, as needed.

Initiate sourcing activities in the plant and support productivity actions implementation.

Work closely with the Division & Regional Purchasing leadership for best practices deployment and breakthrough actions implementation.

Suppliers QCD performance – Direct and/or Indirect Materials

Monitor the PPM and MPM budget targets for assigned suppliers and commodities. For any quality or delivery issue, ensure that appropriate action plans are implemented in the plant by the SQA or Supply Chain team. Charge the suppliers for all justified costs related to non-quality or missed delivery costs generated and ensure full and timely payment.
Manage the purchasing budget performance follow-up in the plants and run, in coordination with the Regional Commodity Buyers, all necessary sourcing and action plans to ensure budget achievement (negotiation, re-sourcing, VA/VE., etc.).
Apply Region/Division/Group policy & contracts, and negotiate specific local requirements for their implementation.
Manage contracts with assigned local suppliers per Company policies.
Approved Vendor List (AVL) and Productivity

Monitor compliance to the AVL, and propose and contribute to AVL sizing adjustment, as needed.
Initiate sourcing activities in the plant and support productivity actions implementation.
Work closely with the Division & Regional Purchasing leadership for best practices deployment and breakthrough actions implementation.

Programs

Participate in new business acquisition activities for the plants as required and assigned by local Management.
Order PPAP and production parts, as required and assigned by local Management.
Administration

Ensure that all necessary supplier and part information are correctly registered in the plant ERP and other relevant systems.
Ensure proper ordering, invoicing control, cost control and reporting for assigned suppliers and commodities in direct and/or indirect materials.
Prioritise local resolution of issues but escalate to Regional Commodity Purchasing when needed.
Reporting and System

Ensure transparency, accuracy and consistency of data in the purchasing information systems.
Ensure the PAP system is kept updated on a weekly basis for all the assigned plants.
Work closely with Plant Controller’s and Purchasing Manager to report purchasing performance.
Manage accurate and on time monthly reporting by the plants according to the Division’s processes and tools.

Qualifications / Experience / Skills

Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance, or Engineering. Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for the degree requirement.
Fluent in English and local language (plant specific), with fluency in additional languages preferred.
Minimum 2 years experience as a Plant or Commodity Buyer in an industrial environment, preferably in an international Automotive company.
Computer skills (MS Excel, Word, ERP and others locally defined).
Proven ability successfully working across functional areas.
Possess strong interpersonal, organization, negotiation and communication skills.
Must have valid local driving license and be able to travel up to 20%.


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