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Coventry, GB

Program Buyer

The Program Buyer coordinates the communication and documentation flow between the regional (CFD) program and engineering team and the European Commodity Purchasing team.


Main responsibilities: 


  • Compile the standard Request for Quotation (RFQ) package according to the program requirements or advanced program activities and forward to the responsible Commodity Buyer
  • Setup and maintenance of sourcing calendar
  • Compile and Present Purchasing status in Management Gateway Reviews (MGR)
  • Compile and review costed Bill of Material (BOM), compare status to target
  • Manage the information flow between Customer Focussed Division (CFD) Engineering / Program Team and European Commodity Purchasing and / or the suppliers; Timely drawing releases, Engineering data, Commercial program information
  • Support local plants/operations in any supplier-related issues (deliveries, commercial, etc.) – eventual escalation to Commodity Manager
  • Responsible for program related reports, Profile purchasing data maintenance, participation in program review meetings.
  • Support initial sourcing/resourcing process and contract negotiations by providing program-related information; local systems data maintenance support; roadmaps updates (volumes/mix); advanced purchasing support in coordination with commodity purchasing
  • Support supplier development on PPAP issues
  • Initiate cost savings ideas; take purchasing lead on program related cost save ideas, initiate and participate in lean assessment activities in the program, initiate benchmark as well as in source/outsource analysis when applicable, work with plant logistics to optimise freight and packaging issues
  • Obsolete material – support plants in excess or obsolete material issues with supplier