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Direct Category Buyer (m/f/d)

Location: Prague Czechia
Job ID: R0004891
Date Posted: Jan 26, 2022
Segment: Smart Life
Business Unit: Hitachi Automotive
Company Name: Hitachi Astemo 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 in Zatéc (near Prague) as

Direct Category Buyer (m/f/d)

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

Your core responsibilities include:

  • Collect region, category, and supplier specific information and propose strategic path to Global Category Manager as well as optimization solutions that can reduce product costs
  • Participate actively in annual budget preparation
  • Negotiate annually or on spot with suppliers (prices, payment terms, tooling, commercial clauses, capacity issues, EOL...) and subsequent formal contracts
  • Lead sourcing decisions in her/his area of responsibility based on the category strategy and Business Unit expectations / timing
  • Prepare cost estimates (for BU during the acquisition phase), including request of "should cost" to Cost Engineering team
  • Support BU for VEC initiatives and corresponding negotiations with suppliers
  • Reporting KPI's by part number and supplier to ensure implementation of category strategy
  • Develop regional supply base and manage relationships with local suppliers
  • Track local supplier performance and compliance and update negotiation strategies as appropriate
  • Support BU and regions in case of supplier issues/escalations

Profile and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor/master’s degree in engineering, Business Studies or equivalent
  • Ideally 3 years of experience working in purchasing services, strong automotive and supplier knowledge
  • Proven negotiation skills, influence and persuasion, fluent English level
  • Implementation and results orientation, collaboration and teamwork, relationship building and networking, rhythm and intensity

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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