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Senior Buyer

bw_wordkay_placeAsheville - North Carolina - USA

bw_wordkay_timeJun 30, 2020

bw_wordkay_optionFull time


POSITION SUMMARY:                                    


Select, develop and manage supply base for existing production material. Maintain competitive pricing, with emphasis on cost reductions, quality and supplier delivery performance.   


  • Negotiates long-term agreements for series production components.
  • Strategizes the purchasing of turbo charger components locally and globally with support of the Global Commodity Managers.
  • Plans, organizes, tracks, and disseminates information related to production suppliers.
  • Create / develop new cost reduction ideas YOY using Design for Value (DfV) techniques, VA/VE, Design for Manufacturing (DfM), Design for Assembly (DfA), lean concepts, etc.
  • Meet or exceed metrics developed by corporate goals.
  • Supports the global corporate purchasing activities.

Principal Activities:

  • Selects suppliers for existing products through effective use of proven procurement skills in an automotive environment (TS16949, AIAG). 
  • Reduces year over year (YOY) costs through aggressive negotiations, resourcing, market test, Value Analysis, Long Term Agreements (LTA), Business Incentives (BI), Annual Improvement Factor (AIF) as well as supply base. 
  • Recommends supplier process utilization by interpreting blueprints and evaluating customer needs. 
  • Explore and aggressively pursue cost reduction opportunities using cost model tools and bubble charts.
  • Explores available and new technologies in the market and implements best practices related to purchasing activities.
  • Develops new suppliers that meet BW cost, quality and delivery requirements. 
  • Prepares and lead RFQ’s for multi-year full production quantities. 
  • Evaluates part designs with engineering, quality and suppliers to obtain optimum efficiencies.
  • Participates in purchasing related internal meetings, including making presentations to senior management. Support monthly cost reduction report with inputs in the commodity of responsibility (ies). 
  • Maintains complex spreadsheets containing supply base data, including piece prices breakdown, part weight, volumes, suppliers name, LRP info, etc. 
  • Understands and adheres to current quality and control policies. 
  • Understands and adheres to current health, safety, and environmental policies. 
  • Communicates and enforces safe work procedures.     
  • Identifies and closes safety issues (suggestions, inspection and investigation findings) and their corrective actions.   
  • Performs other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.


  • Requires a four year degree in business or engineering; and 5 ~ 8 years purchasing experience (automotive environment desired).  CPM certification preferred. 
  • Strong Technical Skills
  • Experience with high spend and complex commodities like iron castings or aluminum
  • C.P.M. or C.I.P.M. or Equivalent
  • Negotiation experience
  • Proficient in English, Spanish is a plus
  • Industry Knowledge Preferred
  • Engineering background is a plus
  • Practical experience in the procurement of casting and machining processes. 
  • Candidate should be computer literate (MS Office); have good presentation skills; have the ability to read and interpret blueprints; and have strong negotiation skills.


  • Action Oriented
  • Creativity                                             
  • Business Acumen                                
  • Functional/Technical Skills           
  • Customer Focus
  • Interpersonal Savvy                           
  • Organizational Agility
  • Problem Solving
  • Ethics and Values                               
  • Process Management
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Drive for Results



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