AGC | Commodity Buyer (Purchasing), Farmington Hills, MI

Get to Know Us:

AGC Automotive Americas (AANA) is a leading supplier of automotive glazing for the OEM and aftermarket industries and is part of the AGC Group, the largest global glass supplier employing more than 50,000 worldwide in approximately 30 countries.

Culture:

Expectations are high and team successes are celebrated. We believe in the power of skilled, engaged, and united teamwork backed by open, honest communication. Integrity matters most and is essential for building trust with teammates and with customers.

Summary of Position:

The Commodity Buyer is responsible for planning, development, and execution of the Commodity Strategies for AANA and in collaboration with the Global Commodity Purchasing Team.  Responsible for maintaining the purchase order price for all production components, for their commodity, as well as ensuring that their suppliers are delivering a quality product on time at a competitive price. The position requires coordination of activities between the suppliers, AGC supply chain managers, AGC schedulers, and AGC plant buyers to ensure that production components and/or raw materials used in building glass assemblies are delivered on time to ensure production schedules are met. In addition, Commodity Buyers need to meet budgeted savings targets for the upcoming year(s). Major KPI milestones include annual price reductions, VE/VA implementation, payment term, and inco-term improvements.  Responsible for changes to components or raw materials once SOP +90 days for all programs as well as for securing service requirements.  Responsible for accessing supplier risk and managing that risk through developing contingency plans, resourcing, or supplier development.

Responsibilities:

Strategy:

  • Lead purchasing activities for finding, developing, and maintaining strategic suppliers for all commodities under the buyer’s responsibilities for AANA production locations. Investigate the market to identify potential vendors with complementary manufacturing capabilities.  Obtain supplier profile, NDA, and perform an initial site visit.  Work closely with Supplier Development to onboard and maintain the best value, best quality supply base.  Ensure contract compliance.

Risk Management:

  • Conduct Annual Risk Assessment for existing suppliers and for onboarding suppliers as well as analyze supplier capabilities, quality, and supply-chain during the on-boarding process.

VA/VE:

  • Conduct VA/VE (Value Engineering/Value Analysis) workshops with suppliers and lead the implementation of cost reduction measures within the organization.

Negotiation:

  • Ensure all Advanced Purchasing sourcing activities are aligned with AGC Purchasing Commodity Strategy.    Strong alignment with AGC Advanced Purchasing to ensure upfront involvement and utilization of negotiation leverage on current business.    Monitor raw material markets to identify, capitalize, and protect against economic fluctuations.

Budget and Reporting:      

  • Complete annual budget for direct components incorporating knowledge of market economics and trends and contracted terms.   Ensure PPV targets are achieved for the FY.   Complete accurate reporting on a monthly basis as requested.    

Plant Support:   

  • Act as the primary interface for escalation in regard to supplier performance: Price change requests, quality spills, late or chronic delivery issues, and general customer service.

ECN management:

  • Lead the Request for Quote process, analysis, and implementation for engineering changes on existing production components and mid-year model refresh programs.  Including cost breakdown/contribution margin analysis.

Reporting and Compliance:   

  • Act as the primary interface for collecting data from suppliers such as Conflict Mineral Reporting, Minority Business status, Disaster Impact status (i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, port delays, COVID related closures, etc.).   Ensure organizational compliance to all JSOX requirements and internal controls.

Tier 2 Buyer Only:

  • Manage, track and update our Tier 2 assembly partner’s cost, quality performance, and delivery, including maintaining Purchase Orders and updating releases.

Qualifications:

  • BS degree required. Supply Chain or Engineering related major preferred
  • Technical experience or manufacturing environment experience preferred
  • 3 to 5 years working in purchasing, with automotive experience (Tier 1 and/or Tier 2) required
  • Experience with SAP, AS400, and MAPICS desired
  • Moderate to advanced computer skills including use of Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively and efficiently with cross-functional teams and suppliers
  • Strong conflict management skills are a must to lead/support purchasing activities 
  • Strong leadership skills are a must to lead supplier negotiations 
  • Ability to travel internationally & domestically by air or by car, on short notice

We’re looking for someone with:

Creativity – You possess the internal need to create and continually iterate.  You look at situations with an open mind and develop smart, efficient, and often non-obvious solutions.

Innate Curiosity – You are naturally curious about cause-effect relationships, what-if scenarios, and why-done analysis.

Intuitive – You have the ability to see interconnections and dependencies between seemingly disparate pieces.  You can identify a missing element and/or gap based on general logic, even without having specific knowledge or experience in the subject.

Self-Educating – In addition to formal training opportunities, you possess an internal drive to identify areas of missing knowledge and independently close gaps.

Internally Motivated – You have an internal drive based on interest and/or self-imposed expectations.  

Humble / Customer Serving – You embody our mission to enable the customer-facing teams to be successful.  You understand that our customer’s failure is, at least on some level, our failure.

What Can AGC Offer You?

We offer a competitive compensation package including base salary, structured bonus plan, comprehensive benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer – To be considered applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.