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Direct Material Technical Buyer - Electronics

Company: JTEKT North America Inc
Location: Greenville
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Job Description:

TITLE Direct Material Technical Buyer (Hybrid role)
JTEKT North America
LOCATION Greenville, SC or Plymouth, MI
REPORTS TO Direct Material Supervisor
GRADE 105-106 based on experience

This position will be responsible for management of a variety of activities associated within the Direct Material Purchasing team as well as develop a thorough understanding of the Purchasing Operating Systems.

Essential Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Lead Purchasing Projects that could impact multiple corporate facilities.
  • Develop "Should Be Cost" of components within their assigned commodity. This will involve a thorough understanding of component cost drivers, commodity market intelligence (related to labor costs, material costs, etc.). The purpose/goal is for this individual to be able to estimate what we should be paying for a component.
  • Evaluate Supplier Quotation Cost Breakdown Details - develop negotiation strategy.
  • Become familiar with the main cost drivers of his/her commodities and communicate internally within JTEKT/Koyo this information to ensure optimum designs are released at the time of sourcing decision.
  • Research and understand market trends, create a Benchmark on assigned commodities, create a Make -vs- Buy analysis, evaluation of Localization/LCC/Mexico sourcing and understand the impact of technology on the product - create and maintain a Global Qualified Supplier Panel.
  • Create the Commodity Strategy for their Key Commodities (format will be provided).
  • Evaluate commodity and suppliers to determine what type of agreement is required with each supplier and then to draft, negotiate, and implement the decided level of the contract.
  • Identify cost reduction activities from the beginning of the product design stage, through the production life of the product purchased.
  • Lead negotiations with suppliers to accomplish the Should Be/Target pricing he or she has determined to be market competitive for component piece price, tooling cost, etc. This individual can and will at times be required to support Buyer P3 and P4 levels in the development of negotiation strategies as well as provide support during the actual face to face supplier negotiations.
  • Mentor new employees or to provide guidance/assistance to a Buyer 3 or 4 on a particular assignment, project, or negotiation.
  • Support the Supplier Advancement Engineer in VA/VE and Kaizen supplier workshops by defining cost reduction targets and negotiating cost sharing rules with suppliers.
  • Provide management of Supplier Risk as well as Quarterly reporting of KPIs to each Key Supplier and will be responsible for the overall performance of his/her suppliers and their Quality, Cost and Delivery performance.
  • Frequent travel to suppliers (international travel a possibility).
  • Generate a map of Supplier Processes including Bekido and Chokko rates at time of quotation as well a follow up later to confirm quoted rates are occurring.
  • Work overtime as required and occasional Saturdays and/or Sundays when directed by immediate supervisor, as necessary, to complete essential job duties.
  • This position requires a high level of professional competency and skills sufficient to perform activities associated with Direct Material Purchasing.
  • This position will require thorough understanding and usage of JNA Purchasing Policies and Procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Purchasing Manager. Supervisory Responsibilities:
    • This position has no supervisory responsibilities. Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
      • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
      • Strong organizational skills, able to work well under pressure and manage several tasks simultaneously.
      • Strong analytical skills
      • Strong Problem Solving Skills
      • Self-motivated and able to work without close supervision.
      • Ability to handle confidential information and maintain the highest legal and ethical standards.
      • Basic knowledge of applicable quality, health, safety, and environmental management systems. Education and Experience:
        • Bachelors Degree with Focus in Business Administration, Accounting, or Engineering
        • Requires 3+ Years Automotive Direct Material Purchasing Experience Work Environment/Physical Demands:
          The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
          • The daily work is mostly performed in a normal office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards, and with substantial time spent working on a computer. Requires sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer and other office equipment.
          • Communicate (hearing and speech) with individuals in person and by phone
          • Visually read reports, computer screen, etc.
          • Maintain a minimum of 8 hours worked/day, 5 days/week Employee may perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned.

            Other details
            • Job Family 2019 MAPPING
            • Pay Type Salary
            • Travel Required Yes
            • Travel % 15
            • Required Education Bachelor's Degree

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Keywords: JTEKT North America Inc, Greenville , Direct Material Technical Buyer - Electronics, IT / Software / Systems , Greenville, South Carolina

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