Product buyer


The role of a Product Buyer is to support our products in production through managing supplier base and monitoring all operational supplier issues, in line with Group Purchasing / Category strategies, for a defined plant/plants and/or category areas.

 Reports to: Purchasing Manager/Director

 Main Objectives

  • Identify saving opportunities such as resourcing cases and other saving activities
  • Negotiate with suppliers to obtain best total cost

      (considering inventory level, batch size, delivery terms, piece price etc.)

  • Implement and secure future year savings for KA. Deliver, agreed upon, savings commitments in line with budget, through negotiations and cost models
    • KPI:  Savings/PPV

Area of responsibility

  • Manage direct material production supply base for defined plants/categories
  • Manage supplier issue handling in accordance with internal procedures
  • Consolidate plant/product area requirements and communicate within purchasing
  • Create and propose part/category PPV budget and saving activities for assigned plant/category/business area/product area in cooperation with category buyer
  • PPV and other KPI Reporting and follow up
  • Manage suppliers and investigate potential suppliers for resourcing opportunities and lead or support implementation of Cost Reduction initiatives
  • Participate in Lean and VAVE activities and be Purchasing’s member in PIP team
  • Handle Purchasing administration in ERP, including managing/issuing PO’s
  • Co-operate with Project Buyer in handover process
  • Co-operate with and give feedback on cost, quality, delivery performance, capacity etc. to Project Buyer and Category Buyer for existing parts in NPI projects

Personal tasks

  • Strategic responsibility for local categories (DV/DX)
  • Identify, propose and manage suppliers in accordance with operational requirements, purchasing policies and objectives and facilitate develop and manage supply base capable of meeting future demands
  • Actively search and identify suppliers meeting functional BA local/product area needs and to support future growth demands of the Company
  • Consolidate saving opportunities in order to meet budget target
  • Resp. for implementing cost reductions in accordance with PPV budget
  • Investigate new supplier base, benchmark current supply base to ensure best suppliers used, prepare K-brief proposals when opportunities found
  • Lead yearly negotiations with suppliers for local commodities (DV/DX)
  • Support implementation of strategic sourcing results :
    - Support in supplier entry and in the supplier exit/ switch process
    - Collect and consolidate data on contract compliance and supplier performance
  • Manage Supplier Relationship Managements (SRM) activities :
    - Prepare joint cost workshops and continuous improvement workshops
  • Support category on re-sourcing, supplier disruption initiatives and strategy implementation
  • Monitor factory needs and support when required, i.e. technical change, price increase, supplier quality issues etc.
  • Communicate with category teams in case of important commercial changes (volume, price increases or other suppliers’ requests that make influence the KPI’s performance)
  • Manage supply base price change requests and escalate and co-operate with Category organization when required

Business Unit/Segment support

  • Owner of budget saving plan (PPV) for assigned product area/plant/category in defined BU/Segment
  • Purchasing representative in PIP projects
  • Participate in cross functional VAVE and lean activities and drive purchasing actions
  • Delivery disruption handling, escalated from Transactional – in accordance with escalation procedures
  • Order prototypes and tooling based on internal requisitions from R&D or plant (serial production)



  • Negotiate with suppliers about optimal logistics parameters for keeping optimal cost level for running production, considering inventory level, batch size, delivery terms and piece price
  • Negotiate supplier claims origination form LIP/QIP escalations and other
  • Use the total cost of Ownership (TCO) concept as a foundation for decision making and applies best practice sourcing methodology


  • Prepare/coordinate and distribute the plant annual purchasing budget and its updates for rolling forecasts
  • Report monthly PPV and other KPI data for monthly reporting

Other Tasks

  • Manage internal customer relationship. Collect and follow up on internal customer feedback on services
  • Generate non-PPV saving
  • Managing capacity change request
  • Handling extraordinary EOP from customers (business cancellation)
  • PIP projects:
    • Get feasibility confirmation
    • Ensure prototypes if required
    • Manage PPAP within the agreed timing
    • Participate in customer audit on plant level
    • Maintain VP and contract database for local suppliers
    • Support handling of financially distressed supplier


  • Maintain ERP systems with supplier information and assure records are up to date on supplier names, accounts, contacts etc.
  • Handle Purchasing administration on ERP, issue and manage BPO’s, tooling PO’s and LTA’s on current business.
  • Store all relevant information according to archive routine

Competence Profile (ideal)

  • BAC in administration
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience mainly in negotiation
  • Manufacturing experience
  • Bilinguisme

According to requirements for relevant role/level in KA Purchasing Competence Matrix (available on KAi/Purch&SQD/About us).

Région: Québec
Date limite de candidature: 13-01-2018
Date de début souhaité: ASAP
Lieu de travail: Shawinigan
Contacts: Caroline Brouillette
Tel.: +1 819-533-3201