Indirect Buyer/Technical Buyer

  • Full Time
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Posted 1 month ago
  • Applications have closed


Professional Background / Qualification / Work Experience required:

  • Mechanical or Electrical Diploma or Trade Certificate
  • 5 Years working experience with Jigs and Fixtures or special purposes machinery in the automotive industry
  • Intermediate level Excel, Word & PowerPoint skills required
  • Ability to create & present reports in Excel & PowerPoint
  • Experience in Procurement of Indirect Materials & Services, Tooling & Equipment, cost management, contract management and vendor relations will be advantageous.

Technical Expertise:

  • Understanding of Mechanical design standards.
  • Ability to interpret drawings and technical specifications.
  • Familiar with goods and services that are used in a manufacturing environment.
  • Project Management & tracking according to project milestones and supplier timing plans.
  • Supplier Development – new and existing suppliers.

Job Description

The position incumbent is accountable for the following:

  • Participates in the creation of the commodity strategies and ensures implementation in respective region.
  • Market screening and supplier identification. Perform supplier audits.
  • Onboarding of suppliers: set-up necessary contracts like NDA, Code of Conduct, negotiate frame agreement incl. bonus, payment terms etc.
  • Explain technical standards and provide constant coaching to suppliers.
  • Develop suppliers based on SWOT, supplier rating and supplier capability. Request action plans to ensure supplier meets expectations.
  • Support order processing as interface between supplier and ordering plant (Procurement and stakeholder department). Remark: negotiation lead remains with Plant Procurement and design approval with ME of ordering plant.
  • Organize and moderate project kick-off meetings.
  • Proactive time and quality tracking based on timeline and milestone checks.
  • Ensure fulfillment of all topics out of Specification of Requirements.
  • Pre-acceptance at supplier’s site based on existing buy-off procedure (checklist).
  • Problem solving and regular feedback loops with supplier, Procurement and ME.
  • Participates in networks across Procurement and other related functions e.g. ME.
  • Coordinate further activities like Supplier/- Tech days, VA/VE activities etc. with Global Procurement, Engineering functions or other engaged functions as required.
  • Establish & maintain supplier panel for the assigned commodity. Actively search for and facilitates the introduction of potential new suppliers (supplier onboarding).
  • Apply all required IT-Tools for procurement (SLM, Softcon, MaCo, CDB etc.).
  • Evaluation of supplier quotes (completeness, plausibility, suitability, competitiveness, etc.).
  • Lead supplier negotiations (annual and re-negotiations) in regards to pricing, payment terms, Incoterms, delivery frequency, logistics cost, capacity monitoring, program and customer specific requirements, etc. and execute supplier benchmarks.
  • Drive supplier contract management for new and existing suppliers (send, receive, assess, lead negotiation, finalize supplier contracts and store in designated databases).
  • Support ME & other functions in the course of technical / operational clarifications and SOR definitions towards suppliers.
  • Nomination letters and letters of refusal to suppliers.
  • Evaluate cost down potentials and drive VA+VE activities à update MaCo.
  • Holds close cooperation with supplier development to establish supplier ratings for indirect commodities in Supplier Scorecard. Monitor supplier scorecards and take action in case of non-conformances.
  • Participate in Sourcing Board & presenting potential / new suppliers.
  • RFQ’s, Purchase orders and Nomination Letters for Indirect Materials incl. Machinery & Equipment & services are transmitted to and expedited from approved suppliers.
  • Price comparisons and proposals are prepared for review and approval.
  • Indirect Materials (incl. machinery & equipment) & services to company are supplied without disruption.
  • Key Performance Indicators are met as detailed in the annual PDA.
  • Administration, record keeping & updating of purchasing related documentation, systems and databases are effectively conducted.
  • Prepare and track annual indirect material procurement budgets.
  • Other Indirect Procurement duties are conducted effectively as required and assigned.
  • Participate in BU / Global Indirect calls as representative from South Africa and to action related strategies and tasks.