Program Buyer Job Description

Program Buyer Job Description

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Program buyer provides support and guidance on program and project management processes, procedures, governance, tools and techniques to program project managers and their teams.

Program Buyer Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective program buyer job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included program buyer job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Implement the standard BBG development tools and processes across all activities to ensure a common set of deliverables at prescribed due dates
Actively participating in or leading the continuous improvement of Procurement related or business level business processes, including the Procurement Business Management System (BMS), Global Product Development Process deliverables, Lean PD&L
Supports data gathering from multiple data points and has the skillset to prepare business recaps
Has the technical skillset to work in multiple CMS applications, guide team on efficiencies and speed and supports technology initiatives to drive the business forward
Special Projects on an as needed basis from Director of Online Program Management and/or Sr
Utilizes commodity and cost driver knowledge to ensure pricing for design revisions are equitable and competitive with the market
Establishes pricing in a timely manner (before implementation) completing all necessary documentation
Consults and collaborates with personnel in various engineering, purchasing, and costing activities relative to program requirements
Review and finalize visual materials for stores
Work with Buyer to create a clear strategic vision for product categories

Program Buyer Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Program Buyer

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPM, APICS, BTS, NRC, RC, CIPS

Education for Program Buyer

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the program buyer job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Engineering, Business, Education, Technical, Business/Administration, Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics, MBA, Finance

Skills for Program Buyer

Desired skills for program buyer include:

APQP and program management in automotive
English
Contract law
Dedicated product design
Development and launch processes
Microsoft Office
Material management
Negotiating techniques
Processes
Project management

Desired experience for program buyer includes:

Analyze sales data to identify business growth opportunities and liabilities
Develop and present to leadership key product and mark down strategies
Identify and implement, with the buyer, new business opportunities
Work in partnership with the merchant team on reviewing and executing product strategies
Verify products are represented properly in marketing initiatives
Act as a coach and mentor to the merchant team

Program Buyer Examples

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Program Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of program buyer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for program buyer
  • Manage ordering and payments related to project
  • Manage coordination and tracking
  • Manage project perimeter and budget (hours, hourly rate, travel cost)
  • Participate in Continuous Improvements
  • Lead sourcing activities for newly developed components within the assigned commodity set
  • Work closely with PDE team members to bring new part concepts through development, sourcing, and validation on new boat programs
  • Work with team members from all functional areas to support new product enhancement and continuous improvement activities
  • Identify and develop ideas for cost reduction through consolidation of suppliers and requirements, alternative sourcing, labor reduction, warranty reduction and value analysis
  • Develop and deploy all strategic & tactical purchasing objectives in support of PDE development for each of the projects assigned
  • Communication - both to and from the development team to ensure all activities are running to schedule and with the appropriate resource consumption - including executive summaries of activities at scheduled intervals
Qualifications for program buyer
  • Ensure planning, execution, follow up and if necessary implement corrective actions regarding all program relevant purchasing tasks within the dedicated program
  • Be the main account for the program team regarding purchasing topics and figures
  • Leader with experience setting a vision and guiding teams to develop advanced analytics (e.g., predictive models, applied statistics, econometrics, segmentation) solutions to enable business results
  • Working understanding of big data technologies
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) a plus
  • 3-5 years of purchasing or program management experience working in an automotive production, purchasing/GSM environment
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Program Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of program buyer. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for program buyer
  • Provide on-site support and coordination for other PD&E Buyers and other BBG sourcing operatives as necessary
  • Develop cost models to understand cost drivers of purchased components and utilize negotiation and cost management tools to obtain best in class pricing on all components
  • Review CAD models and drawings of sourced parts to insure supplier capability and achievement of BOM targets
  • Execute the process for an efficient materials transition from prototype to production for each project assigned
  • Be a key resource for our High Performance Product Development (HPPD) activities, up to and including participating as a project team member
  • Ensure integration of suppliers and supplier teams into the appropriate stages of the new product design process
  • Coordinate the supplier relationships at the engineering / development level
  • Participation as necessary in matters relating to suppliers, purchased materials, HPPD development, strategic sourcing, indirect sourcing, and other duties and assignments as assigned by Manager
  • Maintain schedules with summary reports immediately available
  • Monitor performances to the material plans, and take pro-active action to solve problems and mitigate risk in meeting customer requirements and inventory targets
Qualifications for program buyer
  • Program Managements Skills
  • Excelent Negotiation skills
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, eRFQ, Web based Intranet Systems, MRP systems knowledge a plus
  • Must be self-motivated/direct
  • At least 3 to 5 years produce buying experience, preferably with emphasis in the tomato category
  • Excellent negotiation, analytical and communication skills
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Program Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a program buyer. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for program buyer
  • Working collaboratively with assigned Category leadership providing “single point of contact” support for all matters relating to Procurement with a primary focus on Product Development & Launch
  • Providing leadership, strategic influence and execution support for active product development projects with a goal of meeting or exceeding overall project objectives
  • Creating requests for quote, completing price analyses and subsequently working with Direct Materials Procurement to design the ideal supply chain based on factors such as cost, quality and lead time
  • Effectively collaborating with and leveraging other Global Procurement teams such as Direct Materials Procurement (Americas, EMEA, & Asia), Operations Procurement and Centers of Excellence (Contracts, Supplier Qualification, Supplier Development)
  • Drive Continuous Improvement activities across all PLB activities
  • Manage the PLB team
  • Purchasing of goods, materials and logistic services within the company budget
  • Support DfV activities, reduce the purchasing costs
  • Manage the materials cost base and analyze expenditure
  • Liaise with colleagues to ensure the requirements of the business are mirrored in the terms agreed with the suppliers
Qualifications for program buyer
  • Bachelor of Engineering or Science or Business School with purchasing specialty
  • Cost model experience
  • Experience purchasing chemicals (resin, paint)
  • Advance Excel skills (pivot tables, V-lookups, macros) for analyzing data
  • Must have TIER 1 Automotive experience
  • Some bending, climbing, grasping and lifting
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Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a program buyer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for program buyer
  • Provide reporting to ensure effective decision making within both PLB team and Plant Management team
  • Think of new innovative approached to deliver further savings
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing Engineers and Quality, to ensure continuous improvement in quality control with key suppliers, working towards building stronger relationships with both suppliers and internal customers
  • Developing purchasing policies for the business and annual department plans, budgets and management reporting systems
  • Participate in and lead project improvement teams
  • Direct negotiation of purchasing contracts, supplier performance measures and market testing activities
  • Act as a focal point for all NPI purchases
  • Keep apprised of market conditions, anticipate market changes and recommend appropriate actions
  • Project work as appropriate and other duties as assigned
  • Select supplier and second sources for projects out of an approved supplier list
Qualifications for program buyer
  • MRP experience required
  • Record of achievement with a passion to achieve positive business results
  • Manage the procurement of key product lines on new project launches
  • Participation in analysis and anticipation of supplier risks, strengths and weaknesses for new products launch
  • Work with commodity managers and quality team to evaluate supply gaps to identify and develop new suppliers to support the product line strategy
  • Bachelor's in Engineering, Business Admin, or Supply Chain required
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Program Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a program buyer. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for program buyer
  • Procure samples for prototype testing, obtain test result per the APQP requirements and ensure feedback to the suppliers and project team on the performance of their materials
  • Monitor the timing of the project milestones through the PCP
  • Ensure early involvement of SQD in case of new suppliers and/or materials and on time PPAP approval acc
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate suppliers’ performance in collaboration with Strategic Buyer and SQA/SQD
  • Execution of project related price and value analysis
  • Execute the successful completion of negotiations of project-related supplier agreements (LTA, tooling contract)
  • Execute the implementation of the commodity strategy in actual projects
  • Build the interface between engineering and supplier in project related technical issues
  • Responsible for early supplier involvement at the onset of the program development and subsequent milestones
  • Process inter-company purchase contracts and yearly blanket contracts
Qualifications for program buyer
  • Minimum of 5 years of Procurement or supply chain experience
  • Mentorship - Ensures training and development of other buyers
  • Financial - Contributes to financial performance by being expert in analyzing cost structures/drivers relating to supplier price submissions
  • Negotiation - proven ability to successfully negotiate prices, timing, and terms in support of Inergy’s objectives
  • Manage the supply base through a total supply chain view to optimize material and information flow from the supplier to the point of use
  • Able to understand product description and basic design from blueprints

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