Lead Buyer – Packaging - NAFTA

Contract type

Your challenge

The Lead Buyer is a Commodity Buyer responsible for one defined material group with the following additional tasks & responsibilities within NAFTA. The Lead Buyer may functionally lead a team of Commodity Buyers.

  • Definition and execution of Material Group (MG) and Supplier strategies. Manages the execution of global supplier strategy and key strategic initiatives, within NAFTA.
  • Coordination and management of suppliers
  • Negotiation of frame contracts / LTAs
  • First decision level in top escalation issues regarding his/her material group within NAFTA.
  • Coordination and preparation of material Planning and  Forecasting
  • Coordination and management of RFQ- and Sourcing Decision process also for global projects in alignment with MGM and Project Purchasing.
  • Analysis of sourcing pipeline, coordination of supplier selection with Commodity Buyers and in agreement with MGM
  • Identification, initiation and transfer of material savings projects, within and across NAFTA.
  • Active analysis of supplier base in the Hub, indication of actions – supplier panel management ratio projects, renegotiation, bundling, other change activities
  • Risk and Constraint Management for suppliers in responsibility, actively monitors risks indicators of supply base and initiates appropriate actions in case identified risks.
  • Material savings target achievement for NAFTA
  • As such the Lead Buyer is the key purchasing commodity specialist within NAFTA and the next level for the global material group manager (MGM) and core member of the global MGM team

Your profile


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (Business, Supply Chain or Engineering) or related field


  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in supply chain, purchasing, or marketing in international environment
  • Experience in industrial companies or manufacturing enterprises
  • Experience in industrial companies or manufacturing enterprises
  • Working knowledge of AQPQ process for purchasing components
  • Experience with SAP / SAP BW

Required Skills:

  • Able to use Microsoft office tools
  • Ability to read engineering prints, drawings, and graphics releases
  • Able to travel 10-20% throughout the NAFTA region

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in aftermarket automotive sector
  • Experience/understanding total end cost analysis including make verses buy
  • Leadership experience

Are you full of ideas? Are you keen to take on responsibility and really achieve something? Then our doors are open to you. This is a company that lives out its values, gives people the freedom to use their own initiative, offers many development opportunities and many exciting projects – all of which awaits you here.