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Direct Category Buyer

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Location: Zatec, Ústecký kraj, Czechia
Job ID: R0000816
Date Posted: Feb 15, 2021
Segment: Smart Life
Business Unit: Hitachi Automotive
Company Name: Hitachi Automotive Systems Czech, s.r.o.
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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We are part of Hitachi Astemo focusing on world-leading advanced mobility solutions within the fields of electrification, autonomous driving, and connectivity to help reduce environmental damage, decrease traffic accidents, and improve comfort. Together, we contribute to a sustainable society and improved quality of life by providing mobility solutions that satisfy our customers and form the future core of automotive and motorcycle systems. Our people are at the heart of achieving these goals, and we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

We recruit and develop people from diverse backgrounds who can bring their skills and experience to our organization and make us even more effective.  Own the Future and become a part of the team and join our organization our Plant in Žatec  

Direct Category Buyer (m/f/d)

In this position you will be responsible for managing purchasing activities related to the category that are in the line with the respective purchasing strategy in the region.

Your core responsibilities include:

  • Collect regional, category, supplier specific information
  • Propose strategic path to Global Category Manager based on the information gathered
  • Propose ideas for cost reduction/avoidance, Continuous Improvement
  • Participate actively in annual budget preparation 
  • Negotiate annually or on spot with suppliers (prices, payment terms, tooling, commercial clauses, capacity issues, EOL…)
  • Negotiate and formalize contracts
  • Lead the sourcing decisions in her/his area of responsibility based on the category strategy and Business Units expectations / timing
  • Prepare cost estimation (for Business Units during acquisition phase), including request of “should cost” to Cost Engineering team
  • Ensure category strategy implementation
  • Support Business Units for design changes and corresponding negotiations with suppliers
  • Report KPI by part number and supplier
  • Develop regional supply base and manage relationship with local suppliers
  • Track local supplier performance and compliance
  • Update negotiation strategy based on the situation
  • Support Business Units and Regions in case of supplier issues / escalation

Profile and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor/master’s degree in engineering, Business studies or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience working in purchasing
  • Robust automotive and supplier knowledge
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Fluent English level
  • Implementation & Result orientation
  • Influence & Persuasion
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Relationship Building & Networking

Why Hitachi Astemo?

At Hitachi Astemo, Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit are practiced values – we respect each other, never pass the buck and work creatively to accomplish our mission. Our people are given exciting opportunities to develop and grow in a truly international business, where they are proud to be part of a collaborative and innovative team. Diversity & Inclusion is valued to build and leverage an inclusive work environment and embrace diversity to unlock our full potential. We believe that this will give us the strength to drive great innovations to create new values for people, vehicles and the society, and to unlock our full potential to become a global leader in everything we do. 

Sound Interesting? Then we would like to get to know you. Apply online via our career site - we look forward to receiving your application!

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