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Buyer Lead in Plymouth, MI at Horizon Global

Date Posted: 7/13/2018

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The Buyer Lead is responsible for leading the purchasing activities and the DIP functions for all Horizon Global finished goods programs. This position will support the production buyers related to purchasing responsibilities and will work closely with cross functional teams including Program Management, Engineering, Supplier Quality, Supply Chain, Finance, Manufacturing, and Suppliers. Responsibilities include ensuring purchasing requirements and metrics are met at all milestones, and the development and communication of program sourcing strategy. The Buyer Lead will provide ongoing reporting of purchasing deliverable status to program and purchasing leadership. Responsibilities also may include purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment, and supplies from a global supply base and evaluate supplier quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers utilizing knowledge of various articles of commerce and experience. 



  • Lead Buying Team through purchasing procedures, processes and training
  • Manage target inventory levels for purchased goods
  • Actively conduct bidding and lead/assist in negotiations to achieve cost reductions and avoidances
  • Analyze existing contracts and identify spend reduction opportunities
  • Controlling cost of purchased supplies/equipment while maintaining deadlines
  • Maintain good supplier relationships
  • Manage projects related to material sourcing and costs savings initiatives
  • Organize and manage project teams with global partners which may require conference call meetings outside of normal business hours
  • Achieve cost reduction targets
  • Maintain compliance with all legal and corporate requirements and forms
  • Maintain compliance with all quality system requirements
  • Works effectively on project/contracting teams. Measure actual performance against goals on regular basis and present results to management
  • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers
  • Prepare reports regarding conditions for budgetary cost projections
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred. CPM or CPIM preferred. 4+ years’ experience in purchasing/materials management in an automotive tier one or tier two environment
  • Good negotiation and analytical abilities. Good contract writing and reading skills.
  • Knowledge of ERP systems. 
  • Utilize computer software programs with proficiency (ERP, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint) for data analysis and reporting.


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