About The Opportunity
Do you want to be part of this exciting opportunity to join a dedicated team of experts in GKN Automotive’s new Business Services (GBS) situated in Porto?
Working out of recently refurbished, state of the art offices we provide multifunctional support to GKN Automotive’s global delivery activities across Finance, Procurement, HR & Sales Order Management.
Our vision is to deliver sustainable value with standard, consistent, digitally enhanced processes and to achieve this we are seeking to attract highly motivated and skilled professionals.
In return we offer a corporate culture which champions professional development, embraces and leads change, creates ingenious solutions for our customers and encourages collaboration.
The Regional Commodity Buyer is the Subject Matter Expert for an assigned commodity in the region, reporting to the Regional Commodity Manager to achieve and exceed all relevant commodity targets (in particular QCD targets), ensuring Business Unit requirements are met and Commodity strategies implemented on time, with the appropriate quality standards, through a highly capable and cost effective supply base.
Key Responsibilities The Regional Commodity Buyer will be required to execute the following responsibilities :
Subject Matter expert for his / her commodity with a regional scope, covering multiple plants
Support development, align and execute Commodity strategy within the sourcing process to create competitive advantage for the Business Unit (BU)
In charge of costing and sourcing process (RFQ, negotiations, technical reviews, SSR / SNC) in coordination with Programme Procurement Leaders to ensure flawless launch, on-time performance and exceeding QCD targets of the programs
Lead negotiations and related formal contractual agreements (Letter of Nomination including annual productivity, business link, payment terms, logistics protocol, Terms & Conditions ) under delegation of Commodity Procurement Managers / Directors and in compliance with policies and procedures
Manage supply base operational relationships with excellence and enable suppliers / BU success in achieving performance targets and continuous improvement
Manage and drive proactively material cost improvement to achieve procurements metrics (KPIs) using all levers (negotiation, resourcing, VaVe, localization, product productivity )
Act as Change Leader for cost savings projects (VAVEs) linked to suppliers in its scope / commodity
Monitor local supplier’s financial performance to identify and mitigate risks early in advance
Ensure material savings actuals and forecast are timely and accurately reflected within the Procurement systems (PAP update)
Monitor supplier quality and delivery performance, support Quality and Supply Chain teams, support timely negotiation and closure of cost recoveries when needed
Act with integrity and full respect of business ethics. Comply with business unit and company policies, procedures and DOA requirements.
The skills and capabilities we are looking for are :
5-10 years’ experience in Procurement, preferably in Direct Materials
Experience in working with cross-cultural teams, as leader or team member, strong collaborator
Profound knowledge dealing with suppliers within designated region
Fluent in English, with an international mind set
Ability to work in a matrix organization
Communication and strong Negotiation skills
Relationship management - Ability to work across functions
In-depth understanding of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Demonstrates initiative, analytical thinking, and appropriate decision making skills
Practical problem solving
Flexibility and ability to manage own time and meet deadlines
Proficiency in the use of the tools available (costing, sourcing process, systems) About Us
GKN Automotive is the market leader in conventional, all-wheel and electrified drive systems and solutions.
With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s car manufacturers.
Diversity and Inclusion
As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.
A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN Automotive. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.
GKN Automotive is an equal opportunity employer.
We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, colour, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.