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Global Commodity Leader

Location Troy, Michigan, United States; Dublin, Leinster, Ireland; Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Job ID J000637630

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We are seeking a Global Commodity Leaderto directly influence business results with all of Aptiv’s business sectors. You will be responsible for key areas in the Global Mechanical Commodity portfolio, focusing primarily on Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS) Business Unit.

The successful candidate will possess proven experience in global category management in organizations going through high growth periods.  She/he will be a broad-based leader who possesses a strong combination of technical savvy and strategic skills.  Specific experience in injection molded components, stampings, and cable manufacturing will be key to success in this role.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate key functional competencies in; strategy development, partnering with Design / Engineering at early stage product development planning, scheduling control, supply chain management, project management, lean management, enabling technology application, process improvement/ six sigma.

Your role:

  • In this role, you will define the supply and sourcing strategy and lead supplier relationships and negotiations. You will have global scope that includes providing guidance to the global buying team as they negotiate and implement the supply strategy.

  • You will reporting to the Global Category Director – Mechanical Commodities and play an integral part of the Strategic Sourcing organization. Aptiv operates a customer focused matrix structure, in which there is a BU Metallic Category team of circa 100 people.

  • Ensure Secure Supply of Mechanical components to meet current and predicted customer needs.

  • Engage with our Engineering and Commercial Teams to ensure that procurement consideration are central to product development.

Design and lead a responsive, agile and efficient procurement organization that has the ability to:

  • Meet the changing and diverse needs of customers,

  • Enhance capability of supplier management to impact wider business objectives,

  • Deliver high-quality products with short lead times at low cost,

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and experience in Lean approach,

  • Effectively build strategic supplier partnerships

  • Develop purchasing strategy in support of the corporate strategy and growth plans

  • Deliver world-class customer satisfaction levels in quality, on-time delivery and launch excellence

  • Responsible for the overall performance of electronics spend. 

  • Lead teams in planning, procurement, external manufacturing, logistics & distribution, quality and EHS related issues

  • Develop a positive working environment.  In line with Aptiv’s values..

Apart from continuous leadership and improvements in purchasing, the most important priorities in the coming 3-5-year period include:

  • Participate actively in driving the Mechanical category strategy with strong cross functional collaboration with Engineering, Commercial and Manufacturing teams.

  • Ensuring Secure Supply of all components with a focus on manufacturing footprint for localization efforts to improve overall supply resiliency.

  • Reduce Supply cost base through organizational streamlining, cost transparency and procurement optimization.

  • Improve customer delivery service and reduce working capital through complexity reduction, CAPEX review and logistics optimization.

  • Drive localization and sustainability efforts

The KPIs for this role are outlined as follows:

  • Building long term Strategies & Partnerships to ensure security of supply.

  • Inventory reduction

  • Cost reduction

  • Future category strategy

  • Cash flow management

  • Supplier quality

  • Value engineering

Your Background:

  • A strong focus on customer satisfaction, sense of urgency and bias for action are unwavering requirements for this role. This Leader will be value driven with a focusing on building positive relationships.

  • She/ he will be a leader who has the technical expertise and credibility to operate in a fast-paced and highly demanding environment where they will devise and implement long-term category strategies.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or business, or similar qualification; higher qualification (i.e. MBA) is preferred

  • At least 5 years of experience purchasing subject components

  • Experience in purchasing subject components in the Automotive industry

  • Access to best industry practice, industry trends, and supply/demand and thorough understanding of products

  • Ability to create and promote best in class category strategies by integrating market with Aptiv product line objectives

  • Skills to analyze supplier financial information and capability

  • Ability to travel both locally and globally (approximately 10% of working time)

  • Oral and written communication plus “influencing” skills

  • Empowered decision maker/relationship-builder with high integrity

  • Strong problem solving skills as well as strong leadership skills

  • Comfortable leading in a matrix environment.

Aptiv Rewards & Advantages

  • Competitive compensation package including; Bonus Potential, Healthcare & Pension. Learning, professional growth and development in a world recognized international environment.

  • Access to internal & external training, coaching & certifications.

  • Recognition for innovation and excellence.

  • Opportunities to give back to the community.

  • Meaningful work that makes a difference in the world.

Some see differences. We see perspectives that make us stronger.

Diversity and Inclusion are sources of innovation and creativity, both of which are essential to Aptiv’s success. Everyday our diverse team comes together, drives innovation, pursues solutions, and meets challenges using their unique abilities, perspectives and talents, changing what tomorrow brings. When you join our team, you’ll get encouraged to think boldly, express your viewpoint and innovate as a matter of habit.

Some See Technology. We See a Way to Make Connections.

At Aptiv, we don’t just see the world differently; we work to change reality. That means developing technology that rewrites the rules of what’s possible in the pursuit of making transportation safer, greener and more connected. Today there are more than 190,000 of us globally, located in 46 countries, and united by one mission. Join the movement and together, let’s change tomorrow.

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