Open Position

Lead Buyer

SODECIA Automotive - Troy, MI

The company

Our client, Sodecia, is the U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest industrial corporations operating worldwide as a full-service supplier in automotive manufacturing in regards to Body in White, Powertrain, Safety & Interiors, and Tools & Equipment. Sodecia offers a complete collaborative engineering service, finding solutions that add value through advanced technologies, sustainability, agility, simplicity, and satisfaction; the company in North America is one of the excellence centers and it serves customers worldwide.


The role

This position plays an important role of responsibility for purchasing raw materials, processing & components, deliveries, material availability for production, inventory management, and purchasing reporting. The Lead Buyer has strong experience in global commodity strategy, supply chain management, strategic partnerships, and financial analysis.


The candidate’s profile

  • You have graduated in Engineering, with min 2 years of experience in buying steels in North America and really good Steel negotiation technique.
  • A purchase background steel sales background is preferred.
  • The right candidate should have experience dealing with Suppliers directly (Negotiation or follow-up) and great analysis skills (Using MS Excel).
  • SAP knowledge is required.



• Implement procurement strategy and policies
• Lead the procurement activities in all phases, according to Sodecia purchase procedure and maintain cost procurement files
• Conducting research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best cost, delivery schedules, and quality;
• Evaluating bids and making recommendations based on cost, commercial and technical factors;
• Negotiating and agreeing on contracts and monitoring their progress – checking the quality KPI´s of service provided
• Developing new Steel Suppliers
• Steel technical Analysis to be done along with the Engineering team
• Liaising between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments, and internal customers
• Build and develop relationships with key suppliers and internal customers and assist in building effective partnerships.
• Implement, monitor and define actions plans, based upon the Sodecia purchase report and other KPI’s (e.g. Gross Margin, Suppliers Evaluation ( IAF)
• Continually develop expertise to support business growth and new projects (training, visiting exhibitions & fairs, visit to suppliers.
• Forecasting price trends and their impact on future activities.
• Prepare market analysis and possible growth.
• Coordinate with the Engineering team for Engineering changes for both internal and customer Changes.

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