Category Buyer

Posted 1 month ago


Support Category Director and BUI Director with all purchasing related activities. Develop category strategies to meet business objectives for cost, quality fulfillment and innovation.


  • Preferably University Degree in Business with technical background and/or Engineering with economical background (Industrial Engineer)
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Purchasing with industrial background, preferably with automotive experience


  • Strong negotiation skills
  • High sense of urgency
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to transfer technical matters into economic considerations
  • Team player
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Extensive know how of purchasing methods and tools
  • High stress resistance
  • Legal/contractual knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Strong analytical skill
  • Strong MS Office skills
  • Knowledge in cost calculation


  • Issue RFQ to suppliers, manage the bid and quote process, follow up to ensure ontime quote submission, and update program tracking BOM
  • Conduct negotiation and comprehensive analysis of bid package to secure the “best initial” component pricing to ensure the most competitive customer product offering, and determine final recommendation which is based on sound decision-making that aligns with the project scope and business unit needs
  • Daily interaction with Business Unit to assess and respond to urgent category related requirements
  • Conduct continuously market screenings and benchmarking
  • Qualify new suppliers in collaboration with category strategy
  • Improve efficiency in terms of reliability of supply and price as well as risk management
  • Ensure early involvement of SQD in case of new suppliers and/or materials and on-time PPAP approval
  • Conduct purchasing of materials independently and select supplier and second sources for the components out of an approved supplier list
  • Ensure correct, complete and timely maintenance of master data and workflows in all relevant systems
  • Order program related needs like samples and tooling
  • Support and execute cost reduction ideas
  • Support product Change Requests and End of Life ramp-down activities at the component level
  • Domestic and international travel may be required

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