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P.O. Box 18063

Phone: (216) 932-2022

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Commodity Buyer

Job ID: 49138
Job Views: 24331
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Zip Code: 44118
Job Category: Inventory, Manufacturing, Purchasing-Procurement
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: $85,000.00 per year
Posted: 02.02.2015


Logistics-Transportation: Car, Van and Bus Driving, Cargo and Baggage Handling, Cost Estimating, Equipment-Forklift-Crane Operation, General-Other: Logistics-Transportation, Hazardous Materials Handling, Import-Export Administration, Inventory Planning and Management, Merchandise Planning and Buying, Messenger-Courier, Piloting: Air and Marine, Purchasing, Shipping and Receiving-Warehousing, Supplier Management-Vendor Management, Train or Rail Operator, Truck Driving, Vehicle Dispatch, Routing and Scheduling
Manufacturing-Production: Assembly-Assembly Line, Audio-Video Broadcast & Postproduction, Equipment Operations, General-Other: Production-Operations, Hazardous Materials Handling, Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Operations, Layout, Prepress, Printing, & Binding Operations, Machining-CNC, Metal Fabrication and Welding, Moldmaking-Casting, Operations-Plant Management, Production-Operations Planning, Scientific-Technical Production, Sewing and Tailoring, Telecommunications Administration-Management, Waste Pick-up and Removal
Marketing-Product: Brand-Product Marketing, Copy Writing-Editing, Direct Marketing (CRM), Events-Promotional Marketing, General-Other: Marketing-Product, Investor and Public-Media Relations, Market Research, Marketing Communications, Marketing Production-Traffic, Media Planning and Buying, Product Management, Telemarketing, Visual-Display Merchandising

Job Description

Role Summary  
The Purchasing Department is looking for experienced Buyers with 5+ years’ experience across all areas of the Department. 
Role Responsibilities 
Experienced General Buyer  
  • Assist in developing specifications, bid terms and contractual language for the competitive bid process according to the Sourcing process
  • Review the qualifications of potential and current suppliers to determine their ability to meet determined specifications as well as the ongoing enforcement of corporate policies and procedure
  • Evaluation of bids, selection of vendor, and the negotiation of terms and pricing
  • Analyze supply base and competition with reference to price, capacity, and quality as well as monitor the integration of current and potential suppliers, establishing a sound supplier base
  • Review Purchase Authorization and backup and issue all purchase orders and assist in developing contract terminology for contractual major dollar commitments
  • Maintain an organized central purchase order filing system with audit back up material
  • SAP user training and support as required
  • Tracks and maintains Monthly Savings report based on individual performance
  • Assure process consistency with requirements
  • Develops and implements negotiation strategies coordinated and aligned with Group tasks
  • Video conference presentations to Purchasing as necessary
  • Represents Group at important Purchasing and Industry functions
  • Initiate inquiries and assists the Business Units in questions of future strategic RFP’s
Experienced Commodity Buyer  
  • Obtaining and evaluating quotes and preparing a decision making process
  • Prepare and lead price negotiations for inquiries and quotations while observing timing, quality, and service-related objectives
  • Prepare for and participate in Pre-Meeting and/or Corporate Sourcing Committee (CSC) decision meetings
  • Preparing of purchase orders by using the IT system
  • Creating and maintaining a business plan
  • Preparing project information and status for Management
  • Secure suppliers’ and sub-suppliers’ capacities
  • Reach annual price reduction targets set by the Commodity Management
  • Creating brand-specific related inquiries; watching, tracing and comparing quotations for investments
  • Support adaptation of specifications to US market requirements
  • Participation in working teams
Experienced Project Buyer  
  • Manage timing of supplier components for vehicle projects. This includes setting requirements for engineering releases to suppliers, tracking the sourcing of all components to suppliers, monitoring the progress of supplier parts through sampling and final approval and reporting of all the described items on a regular basis at all levels of the business.
  • Track and report Engineering Changes for supplier parts in vehicle projects
  • Coordinate Project Purchasing activities between project teams.
  • Representation of Purchasing in cross-functional working and meetings within the plant.
  • Ensuring the achievement of Standards in vehicle projects
  • Tracking Forward Sourcing process for new projects



Job Requirements



  • 5+ years experience
  • Knowledge of US supplier base
  • Bachelor degree in business or related field
  • MBA
  • German / Spanish language skills



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