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Program Buyer

Date:  14-Oct-2021
Country/Region:  IN
City:  PUNE R&D
Contract Type:  Unlimited
Requisition ID:  25002

Position Description |


Title:                     Program Buyer  

Reports To:              Program Purchasing Manager


Essential responsibilities and duties

The Program Buyer is responsible for managing interface between program and suppliers for a program or programs with high complexity, including multiple Faurecia plant locations; various start of production dates, across a full spectrum of new products, and requiring leadership of a team of Program Buyers across multiple divisions/regions.

The role of the Program Buyer is to anticipate the specific requirements for new programs (supplier technologies, geographical location and target costs), ensure the commodity panel strategy is appropriate to support the program, select and pilot suppliers from the agreed supplier panel in order to achieve Program objectives. The Program Buyer belongs to the core program team.


The main missions of the role are:

    • Manage RFQ process with suppliers shortlisted by commodity according panel strategy
    • Define the sourcing Tactic in coordination with the Commodity buyer (RFQ, eAuction...)
    • Negotiate with suppliers (coordinated with Commodity for sensitive / strategic contracts)
    • Lead the global steering and sourcing committee meetings for the program, ensure supplier selection from FCM purchasing panel.
    • Manage suppliers in program phase
    • Representative of Purchasing in the Core team of the program. (Representing Tooling & Equipment, commodities, and Advance supplier quality) 
    • Tracking supplier deliverables w.r.t. Program need.
    • Manage specific mandated suppliers when requested and agreed with customers.
    • Ensure sourcing prices are comply with internal cost targets (Gap to benchmark and Business plan).
    • Track performance during the program phase for BOP and T&E until GATE 4: Cost, Cash, Quality, Delivery
    • Ensure industrialization follow-up incl. Material cost and Material Tool ordering
    • Negotiate and follow-up on Engineering Change Requests until GATE 4
    • Accountable for validated parts transfer to plants
    • Ensure efficient handover to Operations, Quality and Purchasing Productivity managers at GATE 4
    • Accountable for budget (D&D cost, main KPI) realization for their Programs





The ideal candidate will have/be :


Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering or Business.


Nice to have: Professional Purchasing Qualification



    • Minimum 2 to 8 years experience including a program buyer or program manager experience in an industrial environment
    • Experience working in an international environment


Nice to have: Previous International Assignment


Skills and competencies:  

    • Understanding of product design, development and production launch processes
    • Knowledge of supplier cost structures
    • Understanding of purchasing commodity strategy
    • Fluent English
    • Strong written and oral presentation skills
    • Good planning, organization and project management skills
    • International mindset
    • Ability to work in a matrix organization
    • Global leadership of a functional team


Nice to have:

- Knowledge of APQP and program management in automotive

- Another language depending on the region

- Strong analytical capabilities

- Results oriented




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