Lead Buyer - Raw Materials and Chemicals - NAFTA

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Your challenge

The Lead Buyer is the key purchasing commodity specialist and subject matter expert in Filter Media and Chemicals supply chain purchasing within NAFTA

  • 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

Your profile


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


  • 5 years’ relevant work experience in supply chain purchasing within the NAFTA environment
  • Experience in industrial companies or manufacturing enterprises
  • Technical expertise in filter media and chemicals (adhesives)
  • Experience with raw materials and commodities markets
  • Inventory programs and vendor managed inventory agreements
  • Experience with SAP / SAP BW

Required Skills:

  • Microsoft office tools including advanced proficiency with Excel  
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Root cause analysis
  • Technical understanding of product/process engineering
  • Working knowledge of AQPQ process for purchasing components
  • Strong problem-solving acumen
  • Ability to identify and develop new supply sources and manage existing suppliers
  • Able to travel 15-25% throughout the NAFTA region

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in automotive or transportation sectors
  • Experience working with the Automotive Aftermarket
  • Experience/understanding total end cost analysis including make verses buy

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.