Kongsberg Automotive provides world class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of about EUR 1.0 billion and 10.000 employees in 18 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and has 30 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, couplings and fluid assemblies, as well as driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Category Buyer- CAPEX

1.                  General
The Category Buyer / Manager has responsibility for management and sourcing of an assigned category / sub-category, for a defined scope (global/regional) for categories and projects controlled by the Kongsberg Automotive Indirect Material and Services (IDM&S) team.

2.                  Main Objectives
Work closely with key stakeholders in BA organizations and in corporate functions to develop category strategy and implementation plans
Lead the sourcing activities for one or more categories of spend, in line with Category Strategy, with the goal of achieving significant cost reductions in line with budget targets, while maintaining/ improving product quality and supplier service levels.
CAPEX only: Execute operational purchasing to support stakeholders. Support the implementation of strategic sourcing results/Category strategies and promote the operational efficiency. Work closely with the internal stakeholders and execute procurement activities. Implement contracts, agreements, and new processes.
Facilitate cross functional alignment on category strategies


3.                  Responsibilities
3.1       Category Buyer
In co-operation with stakeholders, map future needs and leverage KA spend to maximize benefit for KA.
Develop and propose Category Strategy for assigned (sub-)category and region
Establish a base of preferred suppliers, and secure that suppliers from low cost regions are identified where possible.
Supplier relationship management
Capture savings
Develop and implement sourcing strategies for the categories
Lead purchasing activities cross Plants, BA:s and Regions to optimize the spend
Establish good contracting and acceptance practices
Perform procurement according to KA plans and defined strategies and frameworks
Monitor strategy implementation and contract compliance
Ensure suppliers comply and adhere to commercial agreements and terms of purchase.
Monitor performance of suppliers and the compliance with guidelines
Monitor supplier capacity
Maintain supplier/category and contractual computer records as needed.
Drive best practices
Uphold internal and external policies, regulations and laws
Lead purchasing activities and certain decisions as defined in the purchasing process
Manage knowledge and processes, and ensure project team members are applying best practice and work according to defined processes.
Apply and transfer knowledge and experience to other team members in order to maximize team performance.
Improve service levels.
Support other purchasing or corporate related activities when needed
Review purchase requisitions and identify sources of supply
Define supplier selection criteria to meet the project requirements
Evaluate RFI’s/RFQ’s
Develop negotiation strategy and lead supplier negotiations and selection
Negotiate commercial terms and select suppliers in accordance with defined process and strategy.
Advice internal stakeholders on procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stages of the procurement cycle.
Advise stakeholders of potential modifications from original requests (if alternative, more cost efficient, or otherwise beneficial alternatives exist)
3.2       Category Buyer – CAPEX
Same as Category Buyer and
In project phase:
Act upon changes/problems (spec., time schedule, quality etc.) where commercial support is needed.
Directly solve operational issues with suppliers

4.    Experience

Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree in Engineering and/or Business Management

Successful, multi-year track record in Purchasing of capital equipment
Experience from production and/or R&D
Strong negotiation skills
Good planning/project management skills
Good problem-solving and analytical skills
General understanding of assembly processes and quality securing (poka joke, eol testing)
General knowledge of following categories: Automation equipment, Semi automated equipment, Molding machines, Machining equipment, Injection molding/tooling process.
Production technology understanding specifically in automotive

Region: Michigan
Application deadline: 28/04/2018
Expected Start Date: ASAP
Location: Novi