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.

Product Buyer

Main Objectives

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

                                                  i.      (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

Negotiation and Analysis

  • 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


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)

 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


  • Administration
  • 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)

  • Bachelors Degree in related area,  Previous Purchasing exp required
Region: Michigan
Application deadline: 30/06/2018
Expected Start Date: ASAP
Location: Willis, TX