Serial Buyer - International Assignment, VIE - PUR15839

Function: Purchasing
Localization: Portugal - Aveiro - São João da Madeira
Contract type: VIE
Publication date: 8th September 2019




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 are willing to contribute and create value for tomorrow’s cleaner and smarter mobility, Faurecia is the place to be!



Faurecia’s VIE Program?


The VIE Program of Faurecia is an international young graduate program, which enables young graduates native from the European Economic Area (EU + Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) aged between 18 and 28 to work for one of our subsidiary around the world!


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


PLEASE NOTE: your application must be submitted in English to be considered by our non-French speaking teams in our plants worldwide.


PLEASE NOTE: as part of your international development, you cannot perform a VIE in the country of your citizenship.



Your position and environment?


Our Faurecia Seating Business Group – Covers & Foams Division is looking for you as a VIE - Serial Life Buyer m/f for our Site in Sao Joao Da Madeira, Portugal


Your role and responsibilities?


Your main missions will be to

  • Contribute to the identification and implementation of productivity actions (product / process) for cost reduction, in close coordination with Commodity team
  • Conduct productivity workshops at supplier facilities (Lean, Octoplus) 
  • Monitor productivity performance for supplier perimeter through cross-functional teamwork in the plants under his/her responsibility (i.e. productivity committees). Present to the plants management board the productivity plan

  • Challenge Commodity Buyers to achieve the Purchasing Budget for his/her plants

  • For most critical topics, support the Supply Chain team to improve supplier deviation in Misdeliveries Per Million (MPM)

  • Be involved in the kick off in program phase to prepare the start of Production. Lead transfers meetings with Program Buyers at the take-over
  • Lead negotiation for Engineering Change Requests within his/her perimeter, and product productivity, in close relationship with commodities
  • Support plants to troubleshoot operational issues
  • Ensure for serial resourcing, supplier selection from the agreed supplier panel: identify and consult suppliers, manages supplier Request for Quotation based on panel given by the Commodity Buyers.
  • Ensure information in plants ERP’s are correct and up to date and in line with supplier invoices
  • Support the commodity in the construction of the strategy with any necessary data’s (benchmarks in the market etc..) 



The mission will last 12 months.


Who are you?

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business  
  • Nice to have Specialization in International purchasing or supply chain
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in purchasing, production, quality or sales
  • Knowledge of productivity / lean management methodology
  • Knowledge of production, quality and logistics
  • Fluent English
  • Ability to work in matrix organization
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Automotive experience would be an advantage
  • Nice to have: Knowledge of products and technology, Supplier audit process and quality management 




Ready to take on a new challenge? Apply and join us!


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