Regional Purchasing Director - Medium

Corporate Offices - Auburn Hills United States


Position Summary:

This position leads overall Purchasing and supplier development strategies, regional team, processes, procedures, and initiatives to deliver cost, quality, and performance to all of our facilities.

Responsibilities of Position:

  1. Develops and administers programs continuously to improve supplier performance and participation in improved quality, cost and parts/service availability.
  2. Plans, organizes, directs, and controls activities related to the procurement and supplier quality of goods and services.
  3. Prepares purchase forecasts and expense budgets that meet and/or exceed requirements.
  4. Continually monitors price variations taking advantage of lower costs and developing alternatives/actions when cost increases become apparent.
  5. Vigorously drives an effective cost reduction program throughout all direct and indirect material purchasing activities and imparts cost savings philosophy and mentality to entire Purchasing staff.
  6. Generates meaningful and timely communications related to direct material purchasing activity ensuring issues are brought into sharp focus, identifies areas for potential cost reductions, provides gauge of progress and enables management and others to measure quality of service.
  7. Oversees and participates in areas of vendor negotiations and selection assuring a fair and equitable distribution consistent with Company policies, cost, quality, delivery service and customer requirements.
  8. Collaborates with all regional Purchasing leaders and contributes to the formulation and execution of global/regional commodity strategies.
  9. Identifies commodity sourcing opportunities and oversees all activities related to procurement of a commodity, from intent to purchase through delivery of commodity.
  10. Utilize systems and procedures to support the sourcing function and evaluate vendor quotations leveraging appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery, and service.
  11. Reviews contracts, bids, proposals, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability of items to specifications.
  12. Lead the regional Purchasing organization in support of the annual operating plan, as well as contribute to the development, monitoring and achievement of annual targets.
  13. Designs, implements, manages, and monitors weekly and monthly reporting systems.
  14. Manage resources to recruit and maintain suppliers that provide high quality products and services at best cost while maintaining full compliance to the Company code of ethics and conduct.
  15. Is available to work all hours necessary and travel domestically and internationally as needed to accomplish assigned tasks.

Skill Requirements:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to Quality and continuous improvement.
  2. Ability to lead regional teams, including solid and dotted line reports.
  3. Ability to think strategically and analytically, interpret and negotiate complex contracts.
  4. Specialized knowledge of procurement and negotiations.
  5. Self-confidence and pre-disposition to action, sense of urgency to deliver against defined targets.
  6. Must have the ability to work autonomously as well as work in a team environment.
  7. Collaborative team player with strong communication and people skills in order to generate high rapport levels with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
  8. Able to excel in time management and able to work under pressure from internal and external sources.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or equivalent; MBA degree preferred.
  2. Knowledge of key spend categories (metals, plastics, assemblies, & logistics).
  3. Strong experience as production purchasing leader, to include negotiations, strategies, price analysis, etc., with strategic as well as tactical/”hands-on” abilities.
  4. Previous supervisory and leadership experience; ability to lead teams.
  5. Strong communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively within a global matrix organization.

Licensing or Special Certification Requirements:

  1. Valid drivers’ license and passport.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to work at a personal computer for extended periods of time.
  2. Ability to travel up to 25%, domestic and international.

Working Conditions:

  1. Occasionally lifts and carries up to 10 pounds.
  2. Some of work time is spent standing, walking, lifting and bending.

This position supports our North America Fluid Carrying Systems division.

Seeking candidates with over 10 years of purchasing experience.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or equivalent; MBA degree preferred.

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