Purchasing Buyer – Production Parts (Commodities) Automotive Industry


The PAC Group is seeking a Purchasing Buyer – Production Parts (Commodities) Automotive Industryto join its North American operations. Position available within PAC’s consulting team for candidates with 5-10 years of prior experience.


Provides leadership within the purchasing team to administer the bidding process and contracts for vendor performance/compliance within established limits (e.g. prepare specifications, evaluate bids, recommend vendors, conduct bid meetings, etc.) for the purpose of securing items and/or services within budget and in compliance with regulatory requirements.


The Buyer must demonstrate a track record of applying independent, analytical thinking and being part of the greater Purchasing Team must also show a willingness to work independently and aggressively achieve desired goals and objectives.


Purchasing Buyers Duties:

Potential candidates will demonstrate a high level ability and capability to:

•Manage Health and Safety, Quality and other legal requirements

•Maintain Corporate Purchasing Policy, ensuring that all purchases (PO’s) adhere to it.

•Help develop, lead and execute purchasing strategies.

•Selecting the suppliers that the company will deal with and maintaining the legal interaction with them.

•Managing any SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) that may be in place and managing any Master Agreements between the suppliers and the company.

•Liaison with other (internal) departments, particularly Product Development, Manufacturing, Finance and Accounting

•Partner with all stakeholders to ensure clear requirements are met/delivered

•Budgeting, costing and cost saving after reviewing the management information available.

•Track and report key functional metrics to reduce costs and improve effectiveness.

•Craft negotiation strategies and close out bids with optimal terms

•Seek, review and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers

•Forecast price and market trends to identify changes and develop reaction plans

•Perform cost and scenario analysis and benchmarking

•Assess, manage and mitigate risks

•Determine quantity and timing of deliveries

•Monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand



•Proven working experience as a Purchasing Buyer – 5~10 years’ experience required in related field (automotive commodity sources, sheet metal, plastics, suspension etc.)

•Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management

•Strong interest in market dynamics and a keen sense of business

•A knack for negotiations and networking

•Ability to gather and analysis data and to work with figures

•Solid judgment along with decision making skills

•Strong leadership capabilities

•College degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Finance or Business Administration

•Technical training in Procurement, Cost Estimating and Taxation



•Establish purchasing agreements and construction contracts with suppliers and contractors.

•Reviews all purchase orders for compliance to applicable purchasing agreements and company policy

•Evaluate and qualify appropriate suppliers/contractors based on time/budget scope criteria.

•Seek and investigate additional suppliers of goods and services.

•Resolve supplier/contractor disputes to minimize client exposure

•Expedite time sensitive purchase orders to ensure critical delivery requirements are met.

•Acts as a liaison in procurement of shared goods and services with Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations, and Maintenance departments. Meet with departments to ensure appropriate scope, project management and proactive supplier/contractor agreements are met.

•Follow market developments for optimal timing of execution of long-term contracts where possible.

•Coordinate with company attorneys and insurance brokers on issues of subrogation, indemnity and insurance coverages.

•Effectively communicate with management and performs other job related duties as assigned.


Purchasing Buyer Skills & Competencies:

In addition to superior interpersonal skills, the candidate will also possess

- Negotiation Attention to Detail Analytical thinking

Estimating Value Engineering Project Management Quality Management Supervision

Managing Profitability Delegation Supply Management Quality

Focus Managing Performance and Risk


Office Automation Used:

Standard Computing Skills

Microsoft Windows Excel, Word, Outlook, Office

Client’s original Purchasing System/Database (as required).


5-10 years experience.

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