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Commodity Buyer

Category: Procurement
Location: Southfield, MI, United States
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Auria is a leading global supplier of highly engineered systems for automotive flooring, acoustical, thermal, aerodynamic and other fiber-based solutions for gas and electric vehicles. With U.S.-based operational headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, Auria operates 16 manufacturing, 9 technical and 5 JV locations across 10 countries and employs approximately 3,900 people worldwide. 
Responsibilities Overview: 
  • Set strategies under the assigned commodities to improve buying options and total landed cost
    • Develop suppliers and competitive scenarios.
    • Plan out the product and service requirements.
    • Analyze available technologies and processes to understand cost structure.
    • Drive cost reduction with strong negotiations based on facts and data.
    • Lead cross functional team in commodity strategy development and present to management.
  • Cost model
    • Set “should” cost structures.
    • Utilize raw material index, cost breakdown and market data to set price trends.
    • Support budget setup for assigned commodities.
    • On-site supplier visits to review and understand suppliers process and cost drivers.
  • Develop supply base
    • Create supplier panel and publish supplier status internally.
    • Execute to the supplier status by growing, maintaining, or phasing out according to the strategy.
    • Negotiate pricing, terms, and conditions.
    • Develop strong supplier relationships.
  • Complete Engineering Change Requests (ECR) and Advanced Quote Requests (AQR)
    • Manage process with request for quote/proposal/info (RFx)
    • Setup supplier contracts and manage price conditions.
    • Support customer price agreement by aligning the supplier price index when feasible.
  • BS/BA required (Supply Chain emphasis)
  • Required 5 years minimum in Supply Chain/Procurement, preferably Automotive Sector
  • Supplier on-site experience
  • Proven management and business acumen
  • Capable to conduct financial analysis, cost comparisons and index calculations.
  • Ability to build business case and present sourcing recommendation.
  • Familiarity with commercial terms and total cost management concepts
  • Strong understanding of commodity markets and industry dynamics
  • Advanced ability to setup and lead negotiations with suppliers
  • Data Driven
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills
  • Works independently under general supervision
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.