AVL North America

Strategic Buyer

4 weeks ago


The Strategic Buyer is responsible for the execution of the corporate commodity strategies and participating/leading strategies within the Global Commodity teams. In addition, the Strategic Buyer will be responsible for identifying and implementing new Suppliers and rating/auditing existing Suppliers.  The Strategic Buyer will also play a key role in negotiations of commercial contracts with Suppliers including agreements to terms and conditions as well as secrecy agreements.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Employer will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.


  • Early Supplier Development within Procurement Projects (internal Development Projects (PIP), Sales Phase Customer Projects, Investment Projects).
  • Continuous improvement of AVL purchasing processes and tools.
  • Negotiation of prices in cooperation with buyers of each business unit
  • Negotiation of terms and conditions.
  • Supplier agreements and contracts.
  • Implementation of purchasing tools/processes.
  • Continuous supplier development according to targets of LEAD BUYER/COMMODITY MANAGER and supplier quality assurance
  • Performance of continuous market analysis.
  • Proposing a commodity strategy on a plant level in alignment with the Department Manager Purchasing.
  • Supporting the development of a corporate commodity strategy in the commodity team (consolidation of plant strategies).
  • Deriving the plant strategy in alignment with the corporate commodity strategy along with participation with the business unit buyer.
  • Communication of the plant corporate commodity strategy to the (plant) purchasing team.
  • Realization of the plant corporate commodity strategy.
  • Continuous development of the AVL supply base
  • Monitoring of Supplier Performance
  • Securing of delivery dates for plant demands in case of escalations
  • Handling claims and invoice deviations in case of escalations
  • Planning, execution and follow-up of supplier meetings or negotiations
  • Ability to back fill buyers of business units as needed
  • Creation of local spend analysis per commodity and supplier within AVL affiliate.
  • Consolidation and mapping of the spend analysis into the group reporting.

The Strategic Buyer is also supposed to support the commodity manager in:

  • Holding kick-off meeting for implementation of corporate commodity management.
  • Defining "use case" for benchmarking.
  • Benchmarking with global supply base and creating TCO Benchmark within SRM
  • Reconsidering commodity strategy.
  • Preparing negotiations and contract management in alignment with Buyer of Business Unit (templates, check lists and time schedule).


  • 10+ years in major Purchasing organization
  • Minimum, Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in supply base management
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in value chain analysis/negotiation
  • Experience in logistics, engineering change control considered a plus
  • Knowledge and experience of driving commodity strategies and participating in Global teams


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed

Connect With Us!

Not ready to apply? Connect with us for general consideration.