The Lead Buyer demonstrates leadership in communicating business goals, program, and processes for an area or business segment. In this role you will use your experience or expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and others, and affect short-term and some long-term business goals as they apply to procurement of material. Essential Responsibilities:
- Achieve lowest possible cost for material, balanced against optimum quality and schedule needs.
- Solicit and evaluate proposals employing appropriate negotiation, cost and price analysis techniques, using available expertise from supporting organizations; implement purchase contracts following applicable company and government regulations.
- Evaluate current and anticipated requirements, determine potential sources, obtain bids, and plan programs to meet business needs.
- Provide coordination and leadership in procurement activities for assigned commodities.
- Develop sourcing strategy for assigned components, materials and commodities relative to cost, quality and fulfillment.
- Use knowledge of forecast, projected needs, supplier capacity, inventory goals and lead times in order to buy material in a timely manner at the lowest total cost for the business, partnering with the commodity leaders.
- Perform continual marker analysis and monitor supplier progress.
- Coordinate training of suppliers to accomplish business initiatives.
- Coordinate, help direct, as well as perform, all required functions from initiation of an intent to purchase through to satisfactory delivery of material or services.
- Interface cross functionally with engineering, project management and manufacturing departments to gain clear understanding of project requirements.
- Initiate necessary action to assure best value is received, customer delivery requirements are met, and address any manufacturing problems at supplier's facility.
- Manage special turnkey/farm-out projects at supplier locations, supporting the in-house build strategy through fulfillment and outside processing operations management, and improving contribution margins through reduction of cost of goods sold.
- Bachelor's Degree in Business or Technical area from an accredited college or university
- Minimum of 3 years of Sourcing or Services business experience
- Proficient in SAP or Oracle applications
- Six Sigma Black Belt certification or equivalent quality certification
- Engine Spare parts background
- Prior sourcing / operation exposure
- Demonstrated ability to read and understand Engineering drawings and specifications
- Entry level program graduate
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
- Strong interpersonal and team building skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
- Strong Negotiation skills
- Demonstrated ability to work in a matrix organization