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Category Implementation Buyer - Door Trim

Company: Ford Motor Company
Location: Salem
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

We are seeking a Category Implementation Buyer for Door Trim Panels, a high-value commodity with significant exposure. This is a great opportunity to work on a high-performing team with supportive leadership and a high-profile supply base - giving you ample opportunities to grow and develop professionally. Looking for a proactive, self-starter to take on the role and drive our Door Trim strategy into the future.
In this position...

  • Manage cost, quality, and delivery of commodity over program lifetime.

  • Understand and set cost savings goals annually to identify pure commercial leverage versus design efficiencies and end-to-end supply chain improvements.

  • Work with Product Development to understand latest supply base footprint, financial health ratings, technologies, and trends.

  • Analyze market supply/demand balances and deficit risks.

  • Align on sourcing to component and part requirements.

  • Partner with finance team and controller's office to update quarterly material indices and forecasted pricing mentorship based on 3rd party data (where applicable).

    What you'll do...

    • Conduct regular design reviews with engineering.

    • Sourcing execution lead (RFx event, tactical sourcing, spot buy, contract admin, etc.)

    • POV owner of program-specific sourcing decisions.

    • Implement sourcing strategy for category, delivering a balanced portfolio of material that meets Ford's capacity, cost, timing, and ESG (Environmental , Social, Governance) needs.

    • Manage relationships with existing and future door-trim suppliers.

    • Understand industry and asset specific costs.

    • Work with suppliers to define integration opportunities within the supply chain.

    • Look at all existing processes and challenge if improvements could be made, regardless of scale.

    • Develop material cost roadmaps that deliver corporate objectives and ensure long-term viability.

      You'll have...

      • Bachelor's degree.

      • 3+ years of strategic buying experience.

      • Proficiency in Purchasing systems and procedures.

        Even better, you may have...

        • 5+ years of strategic buying experience.

        • Continuous pursuit of learning and development to drive commodity expertise.

        • Ability to influence senior executives to drive decision-making.

        • Ability to develop and successfully execute negotiations strategy.

        • Familiarity with manufacturing processes a plus.

        • Strong analytical skills (Must be data driven and able to analyze multiple potential scenarios / business plans).

        • Big Picture / Strategic Mindset (Must be able to drive the future of the commodity).

        • Creative thinker and problem solver.

        • Must be a self-starter/ motivated and be able to work both independently as well as in a team setting.

        • Strong negotiation skills (creating leverage in both offensive and defensive situations).

        • Persuasive and convincing communication skills (e.g., proposals, reports, plans) to secure commitment from business leaders.

        • Ability to interpret organization needs and commercial strategies as input into global Category Strategies.

          You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!
          As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder---or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:
          --- Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
          --- Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more
          --- Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases
          --- Tuition assistance
          --- Established and active employee resource groups
          --- Paid time off for individual and team community service
          --- A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day
          --- Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.
          For a detailed look at our benefits, click here:

          Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
          Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.
          We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status. In the United States, if you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660.
          Requisition ID : 21013

Keywords: Ford Motor Company, Salem , Category Implementation Buyer - Door Trim, Other , Salem, Oregon

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