ZF Principal Buyer-Commodity in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Principal Buyer-Commodity

GDF - Purchasing


Job Description

This position is the Purchasing/Supply Chain representative to the project team responsible for program launches within the assigned product-line.

A primary responsibility of this position is to ensure on-time launch for programs and delivery at or below target cost for piece price, tooling, etc. as well as work effectively with the project team to meet targets for quality, delivery and other cost areas.

Work with engineering, commodity managers, supplier development engineers, program managers, to ensure supplier performance and deliverables are met and to identify cost and timing issues and resolve them.

8-10 years of relevant work experience. Prior experience leading teams, including cross-functional teams. Must have solid understanding of financials as they relate to program launch and demonstrated ability to gather, analyze financial data to formulate recommendations. Global experience highly preferred, especially AP and Mexico. Must have advanced skills in Excel and be proficient in other software programs (Word, Powerpoint) and familiarity with SAP or/and QAD. Prior negotiation skills, including responsibility as primary spokesperson for supplier negotiations desired. Must be able to conduct negotiations with suppliers as well as internal customers to achieve expectations related to cost, quality and timing. Ability to read, and comprehend technical documents (drawings, specs, engineering changes, etc). Critical competency areas include - Leadership; Initiative/Self-Management; Thinking/Problem-Solving; Continuous Improvement; Decision-Making; Teamwork; Conflict Resolution; Negotiation; Cost and Profitability Management; Project Risk Management; Project Management.

Bachelor Degree required, prefer course of study in supply chain management or other related field relevant to Purchasing.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors required, Masters preferred.

Experience and Skill Requirements

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area

Purchasing & Logistics


Farmington Hills




United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran