ZF Buyer I- Program Purchasing in Marysville, Michigan

Buyer I- Program Purchasing

ZF Axle Drives Marysville, LLC

The Buyer I Program is responsible for the serving as the primary new program introduction and management of existing components for project related purchasing and supplier activities in his business unit or reporting unit.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support projects through procurement of all materials needed for a particular end product

  • Support the implementation of the ZF commodity strategies

  • Support the whole purchasing process for new products or localization of existing products through supplier search, Bill of Material cost management; support the commodity organization in their request for quotations, commercial negotiations, contractual agreements including warranty and

consignment agreements, prototype orders, and purchase orders and/or scheduling agreements.

  • Monitor the performance of the suppliers during program launch and through product life cycle

  • Continuously review cost performance to target; nominate parts for Global Competitive Sourcing

  • Analyze North American supply base to prepare and recommend suppliers to be added/removed from the approved supplier list as well as nominate suppliers for the Strategic Supplier List.

  • Perform market research and monitor changes/trends for purposes of benchmarking and cost controlling.

  • Track costs through life cycle of product, while maintaining detailed cost tracking with suppliers.

  • Explore methods/materials for total cost management and cost structure analysis.

  • Update tracking tools according to industry best practices and ZF company policy.

  • Participate in continuous improvement programs in order to promote team efforts.

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.

  • Understand and ensure compliance with all group directives.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or Business Administration, Economics or related


  • 0-3+ years of relevant experience in a professional purchasing capacity (i.e. technical/commodity

purchasing, purchasing project management, purchasing management, etc.)

  • Knowledge of supplier analysis and evaluation (i.e. quality, capacity, cost, etc.)

  • Knowledge of APQP and/or project management tools and methods

  • Knowledge of purchasing tools, negotiation methods, and business communications

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project etc.)

  • Technical abilities in business composition and mathematics

  • Analytical abilities with a high attention to detail

  • Proven ability to work independently in a fast paced, high-volume environment

  • Proven ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel and management

  • Solid organizational and time/project management skills

  • Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally

Preferred Skills and experience:

  • C.P.P. (Certified Purchasing Professional) Certification

  • 2 – 5 years of experience with high-level/complex business and/or purchasing negotiations

  • Working knowledge in blueprint reading, statistics, PPAP documentation, product costing, and specifications

  • Experience in the Automotive Industry

  • German and/or Spanish language skills

Physical demands and work environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the associate is occasionally required to stand, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools; or controls; reach with hands and arms; ascend stairs; balance; stoop; kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear taste or smell. The associate must occasionally lift and

/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of the job, the associate is exposed to an office atmosphere as well as the manufacturing floor.

ZF North America, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ZF North America, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. ZF North America, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ZF North America, Inc. employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.