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Commodity Buyer, Mechatronics

Date:  12-Jun-2021
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Unlimited
Requisition ID:  17139

Overall responsibilities and duties:


The Buyer is responsible to develop and manage the supplier panel for a specific commodity segment, selecting suppliers according to Faurecia group criteria, apply purchasing policy, and develop 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. Additional responsibilities of the buyer are:


  • Improve financial performance of the Division through supplier negotiations, resourcing and productivity actions
  • Monitor supplier Quality, Cost and Delivery performance and challenge supplier when supplier is falling short of targets.



The main responsibilities of the role are:


  • Develop and execute segment Commodity Strategy; Define and lead activities aligned to Commodity Strategy
  • Responsible for delivering 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 savings opportunities
  • ECR/EO activity – obtain quotes for engineering changes, understand and challenge supply base assumptions
  • Lead supplier VA/VE activity and participate in lean manufacturing 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 targets and supplier optimization
  • Identify savings, update forecast file and follow through to completion. Take ownership and responsibility for actions under buyer, lead activity
  • Identify savings at month end and cross-reference 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 database for poor quality and delivery performance.
  • Follow supplier debits from forecast, to debit memo to receipt of cash
  • Calculate retroactive debits/credits for late identified savings , ensure they are captured at month end, follow through to cash receipt or debit execution.
  • Hold monthly supplier management reviews to identify savings gaps, get up to speed on quality issues, communicate FAS intentions, understand supplier glide path to target etc.
  • Interface between department and plant or Commercial Business Unit.
  • Issue PO for approval for changes required/authorized
  • In event of supplier disruption to plant (quality or delivery), understand root cause/scope of issue and facilitate supplier interaction to help resolve issue
  • Monitors of the Supplier Global Performance Measurement in terms of quality and service of the cost via the SBG 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
  • Have the ability to fully understand cost models and be able to provide input towards generating a cost model





Minimum education level:  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering or related field.




  • 3 years in automotive industry
  • 3 years in purchasing functions
  • SAP experience (preferred)


Skills & Competencies:


  • Must have very good Excel and Word skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Able to accommodate ~15% - 20% travel (domestic & international)
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards and willingness to adhere to Faurecia’s Code of Ethics and Code of Management
  • Team Player
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