ZF Program Buyer in Livonia, Michigan

Program Buyer

GDF - Purchasing


Job Description

Job Description

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow – and beyond.

Are you up for the challenge?

Position Description

Serve in a dual role for the NA Foundation Braking Purchasing team (CQA representative and NPI buyer). Prepare costed BOMs used in the creation of business cases needed to determine pricing for customer quotes. Interact with Engineering, Commodity Buyers, Supplier Development Engineering, Program Managers, Sales, Operations and Finance. Represent Purchasing in all Pre-CQA and CQA meetings, business case preparation, working level CQA meetings, Program Manager team meetings, etc. Must have the ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, keep internal "customers" informed on progress, meet committed deadlines, etc. Above average written and verbal communication skills are needed to ensure information between all parties is clearly understood so that the accuracy of the BOM information (pricing, tooling, supplier selection, etc.). A good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and an attention to detail is critical.

Position Requirements

  • Work with engineering, commodity managers, supplier development engineers, program managers, sales, and finance to ensure CQA cost information for product BOMs meet expectations in terms of cost and timing

  • Participate on multiple PFS (Part Family Strategy) teams to help define the long-term strategy of key commodities (design, supply base, cost, etc.)

  • Drive the coordination of commodity strategies with the goals of the individual programs

  • Facilitate cross-functional meetings including suppliers to improve program cost, suppliers, etc. through the CQA process

  • Assist in strategic evaluation of suppliers by conducting research, analysis and/or participation in the selection process. Following selection, participate in the development and launch of new suppliers and conduct negotiations for/with the commodity team

  • Coordinate/ lead efforts to identify and implement cost savings opportunities and meet assigned cost targets in the area of engineering changes, VAVE, lean activities and re-sourcing activities

  • Representative for Purchasing in Customer Quote (CQA) process, including bill of material cost development and quotes that are aligned with organizational targets

  • Ensures that all necessary quotations are processed, and assumptions are accurate from a Supply standpoint

  • Organizes and facilitates reviews in accordance with established ZF processes (GDPIM, end of phase reviews)

  • Represent Purchasing at a variety of reviews related to program launch (sourcing committee, design review, launch readiness review, program review, etc.).

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Primary studies in Program Management, Materials/Logistics, or Finance is preferred

  • 5+ years in engineering (applications or product), program management, or work experience performing responsibilities described above

  • Prior experience leading and/or participating in teams, including cross-functional teams.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Certification as Green Belt in Six Sigma preferred, or similar problem-solving/process improvement methodology

Current profession certifications highly desired (PMP, PgMP)

Required Education and Experience

Experience and Skill Requirements

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area

Purchasing & Logistics






United States

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