Nippon Seiki is a world-class manufacturer of instruments for vehicles, agricultural, and construction equipment. Established in 1945, Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Japan, with numerous facilities worldwide. N.S. International, Ltd. ("NSI"), a group company of Nippon Seiki, located in Troy, MI, is a tier one supplier of instrument clusters and head-up display units for FCA US, General Motors, BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Polaris, Arctic Cat and other OEM's.
The primary role of the Advanced Purchasing Buyer is to lead sourcing activities for NSNA programs, with a focus on metal components and electronics. This position will work closely with manufacturing locations, program management and supplier quality to assure project milestones are met and to deliver best total cost for new programs. In addition, this role will actively engage in supplier development to support NSNA’s business needs of continuous growth and strong supplier partnerships.
Top duties or activities in a given year. Not all tasks/steps performed are listed.
•Act as the purchasing representative inside the project teams, and actively support projects from acquisition phase through APQP and launch.
•Drive sourcing of new components from the acquisition phase of the project, up to the industrialization of new projects, including major changes in make market, analyzing future material needs.
•Evaluate risks in current supply base and work closely with Supplier Quality, Supply Chain and Manufacturing to maintain strong supply chain and manage contingency plans during sourcing of new components.
•Collaborates with Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality on new product designs and investigates new technical partners as needed for that development. Focus on early Supplier involvement for new products and customer quotes.
•Negotiate and maintain contractual agreements, protecting intellectual property, quality, delivery, and lean principles to ensure world class competitiveness with supply base.
•Follow up on supplier and material status during the product development phase in order to ensure acquisition in time, and to avoid delays on SOP, and facilitate handoff to production purchasing to ensure communication.
•Achieve and maintain Bill of Material costs based on targets and in cooperation with Engineering team; Control BoM (Bill of Material) cost on each maturity step of the project, or for each change. Define measures to close the gaps to target BoM.
•Develop cost optimized concepts considering material, manufacturing, development, and quality costs
Required and/or preferred level of education, knowledge and skills that are necessary.
Bachelor Degree in Supply Chain Mgmt, Engineering or related business emphasis
MBA or advanced degree is a plus
•Work requires at least 7+ years related work experience (automotive industry Tier 1 preferred)
•5+ years in purchasing role
•5+ years in a manufacturing environment
•Work experience in areas similar to ADAS, EV/HEV, HUD’s
•Technical ability, preferably with electronics and/or metal components
•High level of teamwork skills
•Excellent verbal & written communication
•Proven level of negotiation acumen
•Knowledge in project management
•Drive, passion for a challenging environment
•Very good communication and networking skills
•Experience working with interdisciplinary teams and remote teams
•Competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making
•Experience and knowledge in financial analysis, including forecasting & budget management
•Work requires strong customer service skills.
•Work requires strong oral and written communication skills (English Required)
•Ability to communicate in Spanish or Japanese preferred
•Ability to negotiate and operate in different cultures and to work under pressure
•Work requires Microsoft Office knowledge, advanced knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
•Work requires strong analytical skills (i.e. customer and/or supplier release analysis).
•Able to accommodate calls during off-hours and weekends to ensure customer issues are resolved.
Special Training or Competency
•Observation, understanding, and execution of applicable company ISO/IATF 16949 certification standards related to the role and impact on the overall organization.
•Commitment to the highest ethical standard
•Training on contractual process with suppliers by negotiating NDA’s, General Terms & Conditions and Statement of Work
•Microsoft Office applications, ERP experince (JDE, Plex or other)
Includes keeping an open mind regarding new ideas and ways of doing things. Willing to consider alternative interpretations or ways of looking at the situation. Demonstrating flexibility.
Includes setting high standards of performance for self and others. Striving to accomplish goals even if it means personal sacrifice. Putting the goals of the organization above own goals.
Includes making decisions and takes actions that have beneficial impact. Effectively evaluating information in order to come up with sound conclusions and recommendations.
Includes setting clear objectives to guide action for self or others to accomplish goals. Organizing or adjusting information, people and materials to meet those goals.
Includes encouraging and supporting the ideas and effort of others. Finding ways to help the team or group perform effectively.
Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5pm. Off-hours as needed.
25% international and/or domestic.
If domestic travel is necessary, valid drivers’ license is required.
If international travel is necessary, valid passport is required.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
N.S. International, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.