Project Buyer

03_Professionals (commercial)
BU2 Filtration & Eng. Peripherals


The Project Buyer is responsible for the achievement of purchasing related objectives & goals in regard to function, quality, cost and timeline at the respective milestones and quality gates within PDP.  Responsible to provide costed Bill of Material ( BOM) for acquisitional programs, select & source suppliers, manage the BOM and successfully launch programs on time. Experience with purchasing  plastic injection parts, elastomers, electrical/electrification components, aluminum castings, fasteners/inserts, stampings.


Leads Purchasing activities for purchase components and material as a key member of the project core team within the Product Development Process (PDP). Regional and global as assigned.

  • Work with Engineering at initial design concept to assist with attaining target cost.

  • Inquire, evaluate, negotiate and select suppliers based on the approved supplier panel additionally; new supplier development for new products is required, ensure MAHLE Specification, quality expectation and market competitiveness are achieved.

  • Conduct supplier evaluations and process audits for purchased components based on feasibility.

  • Schedules technical component reviews

  • Evaluate and assess supplier’s quotations to ensure commercial, technical and quality requirements are achieved. Evaluate and provide component costing based on program BOM timing.

  • Lead sourcing decision committees, in accordance to MAHLE Purchasing Procedures and work with commodity buyer (regional and global) to leverage best overall landed costs

  • In conjunction with Quality and Engineer create list of critical purchased components.

  • Ensure completion of purchased component APQP

  • Coordinate simultaneous engineering with suppliers.

  • Communicate supplier risks to project team.

  • Track and report savings


  • B.A. or B.S in Supply Chain Management, Business or Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial) required.

  • Minimum of 7 years of automotive project purchasing required in an Automotive Manufacturing Tier 1 environment (cross-functional exposure preferred - technical and commercial experience).

  • Computer Literate (Advanced level of MS - Office, Internet and office automation tools in general).

  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.  This includes strong persuasive skills, assertiveness, and ability to work under pressure, be analytical, proactive, and innovative. 

  • Demonstrated facilitation, problems solving and decision making skills.

  • Strong negotiation, financial cost analysis, market analysis, continuous improvement, problem solving, time and project management skills. 

  • Ability to read blue prints and specifications required.

  • Familiarity with Quality and Manufacturing tools such as S.P.C., Pokayoke, Pareto Analysis, Cause-Effect Analysis.

  • Specialized skills in the area of strategic planning, risk analysis/management, effective research methods, benchmarking, flow charting, brainstorming, QS-9000,ISO 14001, TS 16949 standards, interviewing, conflict resolution, and an understanding of contract law, terms and conditions, and economic factors are required.

  • Exposure or participation in VA/VE and lean activities

  • Knowledge of logistics, manufacturing processes, commodity markets and futures, and a strong understanding of component and product functionality are important assets.




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Facts about the job

Benefits:  Benefits-US/CH_CN_DI_IB_LI_MA_MP_MW_OB_PH
Entry level:  Experienced hires
Part- / Full-time:  Full Time
Functional area:  Purchasing

Troy, MI, US

Company:  MAHLE Filter Systems North America Inc.

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