Vice President of Purchasing

Vice President of Purchasing
Country: United States
Work Location: Roxboro
State: North Carolina
Advertising End Date: Not Specified
Job Type: Regular
About The Opportunity
What you?ll do
This role serves as the strategic and tactical leader for all Purchasing activities in the Americas, directly supporting automotive manufacturing operations in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, in addition to working collaboratively with peers and other Purchasing colleagues around the globe. The focus of this role includes the functions of materials (identification, procurement and pricing), vendor capacity management and adding new vendors, managing ongoing vendor relationships, and ensuring the timely efficient operational receipt and approval processing of vendor invoices.
Lead a culturally diverse team of Purchasing professionals to achieve and exceed goals that drive financial business results. Support the team through hiring qualified high-performance team members, and ensure team members are engaged, properly trained, working collaboratively, and are held accountable for measurable results.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure strict application of Purchasing standard for sourcing and supplier selection.
Contribute to divisional initiatives to optimize supplier portfolio (convergence plans).
Work closely with commodity buyers / leaders to ensure deployment of best practices and implementation of PAP initiatives.
Coordinate and initiate plant based activity to support the implementation of productivity action plans.
Lead the Make or Buy strategy deployment for the region with commodity leadership support.
Supplier QCD Performance
Coordinate, initiate and follow up plant activities to achieve supplier quality targets.
Support CIP initiatives and follow up plant activities to improve supplier economic performance (negotiation, resourcing, VA/VE., etc.).
Lead New Business Acquisition (NBA) activities for the region.
Ensure NBA (Q+S) data is taken in account in respect of the standards and allowed lead-time
Use costing tools to ensure reliability, accuracy and efficiency.
Work closely with the commodity network (CPM and SQC) to launch upstream supplier development and readiness.
Ensure and support the usage of right standards and ways-of-working (APQP, iPM, etc.).
Non-Production, Indirect Materials (IDM) Purchasing
Ensure that division/group policies and contracts are applied effectively.
Challenge divisional team on productivity actions proposed and support efficient deployment at the plant, country, and regional level.
Facilitate the communication with stakeholder to find QCD initiatives (NPS, CAPEX, OEE, etc.).
Bundle sourcing and negotiations as much as possible within scope of responsibility (service, maintenance contractors, facilities, business tools, etc.).
Processes and Reporting
Using standard IT tools, ensure accurate, transparent, consistent and standardized data management and reporting processes in the region.
Ensure regular review of the plants Purchasing Activity Planning (PAP) and ensure that PAP reporting system is updated
Ensure standardized, accurate and on time monthly reporting of the plants in accordance with Product Line process and tools.
This position reports directly to the SVP of Regional Operations, and matrix reports to the global SVP of Purchasing. Keyinternal relationships include regional commodity buyers / managers, regional supplier quality, manufacturing engineering, application engineering, finance, quality, and supply chain.
About you
Required Qualifications:
Bachelor?s degree in business, procurement, supply chain, engineering, or related field.
At least 10 years of Purchasing experience.
At least 5 years of experience leading teams.
Automotive manufacturing experience.
Fluent in English.
Experience and additional qualifications:
Formal training / certifications in purchasing and contract negotiation.
Demonstrated success working in an international matrixed organisation.
Experience working in multiple countries is a plus.
Proven experience of being bottom-line results oriented.
Proven ability to use complex data from multiple sources to make sounds business decisions.
Up to 50% overnight travel required.
Key Responsibilities
About Us
About Us
GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world?s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.
GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world?s automotive manufacturers.
Diversity and Inclusion
As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.
A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.
GKN is an equal opportunity employer.
We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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