Commodity Buyer - International Assignment, VIE - PUR15329

Function: Purchasing
Localization: United States - Michigan - Auburn Hills
Contract type: VIE
Publication date: 7th August 2018

Faurecia is an Equal Opportunity Employer

"New trends and expectations are reshaping the automotive industry. Inspired by the exciting new challenges associated with this revolution, Faurecia anticipates the future of mobility developing cutting-edge solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility. If you’re willing to contribute and create value for tomorrow’s cleaner and smarter mobility, Faurecia is the place to be.”

Our Faurecia Automotive Seating Business Group – North America Operations (NAO) Division is looking for a VIE Commodity Buyer m/f for its site in Auburn Hills, MI, USA.

Please note that applications submitted in French cannot be considered by our non-French speaking teams in our plants worldwide. Only applications submitted in English will be considered.

The Buyer is responsible to develop and manage the supplier panel for a specific commodity segment, selecting suppliers according to Group criteria, application of Purchasing policy, and developing suppliers to continuously improve QCD performance.  The Buyer identifies and leads ideas and initiatives in order to improve the global productivity and achieve or surpass financial objectives

The main missions of the role are:

  • Develop and execute segment Commodity Strategy; Define and lead activities aligned to Commodity Strategy
  • Responsible for delivery of purchasing budget, updating forecast, reporting monthly savings
  • Support Program Buyers with sourcing of new segments and supplier Panel definition
  • Pursue optimally  economical costs for goods/services required, in conjunction with obtaining continual long-term agreement savings opportunities
  • Performs continual review and evaluation of the current supply base and also new potential suppliers through cross-functional supplier audits/visits based on the criteria provided by Group
  • Facilitate continuous improvement activities with the supply base to support VA/VE (Value Added/Value Engineering) savings opportunities
  • ECR/EO (Engineering Change Request) activity – obtain quotes for engineering changes, understand and challenge supply base assumptions
  • VA/VE workshops
  • Progress savings from inception through to implementation
  • Conduct management meetings to review and improve supplier performance
  • Manage and understand supplier´s tool life and monitor/secure capacity
  • Other duties and specific projects as identified to support commercial and supplier optimization
  • Identify savings. Add to forecast file and progress through to completion. Take ownership and responsibility for actions under buyer lead activity.
  • Identify savings at month end and cross match against productivity file to confirm completion.
  • Report savings each month to Manager and confirm with Controller that they are captured.
  • Charge Back validation costs via QSS (Quality Steering System) database for poor quality and delivery performance.
  • Calculate retroactive debits/credits for late identified savings and ensure they are captured at month end.
  • Where suppliers have consecutive months of mis-shipments, hold management reviews with supplier senior management to ensure improvement.
  • Interface between department and plant or Commercial Business Unit.
  • Raise PO (Purchase Order) Approval form for any changes required to PO’s.
  • In event of supplier disruption to plant (quality or delivery) resolve if a critical or recurrent issue.
  • Monitors of the Supplier Global Performance Measurement in terms of quality and service of the cost via reporting structures
  • Follows market trends for specific commodities and raw materials
  • Prepares and deploys Commodity Strategies & Cost Models for various commodities
  • Understand all cost break-downs and challenge supply base accordingly to ensure cost is optimized

The length of the VIE is 18 months.

The V.I.E., an international young graduate program, enables young professionals who are less than 28 and European Union nationals to work for a French company in any country of the world. Becoming part of this program means going abroad to carry out a professional assignment for up to 24 months whilst benefiting from social care coverage and an interesting salary which depends on the host country. Business France, the French agency for international business development, is in charge of all the administrative procedures of your assignment. For further information, please visit the following link: and


The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Master’s degree in Purchasing
  • Fluent in English
  • First experience in industry, preferably automotive sector
  • Proficiency with Ms Office and SAP
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to travel

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