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Metals Buyer Specialist

Company: Volkswagen Group of America
Location: Chattanooga
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

Role Summary:

Exploitation of new technologies, products, suppliers from the North American Region in order to supply VW Companies with the most competitive designs and material cost for current production and newly developed components. Identifies and researches sources for passenger car components and modules based on received inquiries by the VW Group companies.

Steel Buyer is responsible for:




  • Annual negotiations with steel and aluminum American mills

  • Multi-year negotiations with Service Centers

  • Yearly sourcing for new and existing projects

  • Local standards evaluation for steel applications

  • Steel committee coordination for VW US

  • Annual raw material budget fulfillment

  • Coordination of steel steering committee for the purchasing department

  • Monitoring of effect of USMCA regulations to current and new projects

    Role Responsibilities:


    • Utilize the VW AG Forward/Global sourcing systems (STAR - ESL) as process tools to optimize material economics of VW Group Company's components and modules in the Metal and Powertrain Commodities.

    • Support the VW Group with US Sourcing activities and scouting trips in the US and Canada to increase sourcing in North America and to establish supplier competencies.

    • Coordinate purchasing activities for VWAG, VWoA and VWM.

    • Negotiate with suppliers on current or pending RFQ's to create cost savings opportunities for the VW Group and to ensure that the VW Group purchasing strategies can be accomplished.

    • Recommend competitive and leading edge US and Canadian suppliers for the Standard Bidders List.

    • Ensure that all US/Canadian suppliers are fully registered and visible on the VW Group B2B Platform.

    • As requested by VW Purchasing worldwide, analyze and benchmark the US/Canadian supplier community on specific material groups in the Metals, Chassis and Powertrain commodities.

    • Initiate proposals for the most promising material groups for the annual business plan.

    • Coordinate activities and parts list for VWAG and VWM

    • Participate in problem solving meetings with other areas, for example transportation or logistics

    • As requested on competitive RFQs, calculate and negotiate prices in order to make the supplier globally competitive

    • Maintains the high potential list for the allocated commodities, based on criteria's of the sourcing system STAR

    • Procure technical information such as drawings, description of applications and/or production processes and samples of current or newly developed automotive components

    • Obtains and analyzes quotations for compliance with required design and specifications

      Qualifications: Required


      • 5-7 years of experience in purchasing

      • Steel buying experience

      • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Engineering

      • Advanced Microsoft Office Excel User

        Preferred:


        • MBA

        • German language skills

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Keywords: Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga , Metals Buyer Specialist, Other , Chattanooga, Tennessee

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