Program Buyer

Lieu de la mission : Bourges (18)
Durée : 6 mois minimum

Début : ASAP
Publiée le : 20 décembre 2018


In the scope of the programs’ needs, the role of a Program Buyer is to :

  • Support the development & implementation of the commodities strategies, pro-actively providing remarks, ideas and suggestions. Request the strategy to be updated if needed.
  • Propose and implement cost savings (gaps) within the framework of the strategies,
  • Ensure the suppliers meet the program expectations (QCDP, service, …),
  • Anticipate the specific requirements and risks for his/her program (supplier technologies, geographical location, target costs, planning, offset…),

The main responsibilities for the position are to :

  • Monitor and Reports his/her activity, at least on a monthly basis, through his/her program dashboard for suppliers QCDP results as well as highlights, gaps, issues…
  • Deploy the commodity strategy to secure the competitive cost position and business needs are met (QCDP,…) for his/her program.
  • Support lead buyers in the negotiations with suppliers to optimize QCDP … for his/her program.
  • Manage RFx (based on panel set by the lead buyers) :

– Issue RFx as appropriate to identify the optimal sourcing solution in accordance with lead buyer.
– Collect suppliers’ quotes in the appropriate format, analize quotations and challenge them against benchmark costs, competitition…
– Consolidate supplier commitment to RFx (QCDP,…).
– Within the scope of Commodity Strategies (when existing), prepare Supplier Comparison matrix and organize Sourcing Decision Committees.

  • Identify & Implement Product Productivity & VAVE activities for his/her program :

– Contribute to identification of productivity opportunities and validate them with Lead buyers, Product productivity manager and program team.
– Implement the productivity actions (product, process, …) defined with Lead buyer and Product/Productivity Manager.

  • Collect all potential gap ideas applicable on expected programs, associated NRC and success conditions. Such ideas are to be shared and discussed with the Lead Buyers and monitored through I-VALUA.
  • Ensure the forecasted gaps is delivered and validated on time.
  • Deliver the gap amount budgeted for the assigned program, and request support whenever needed.
  • Provide and sometimes present briefs and reports for Purchasing Management reviews including potential issues/risks.
  • Work closely with the Purchasing Team, Legal counsel… in order to :

– Properly leverage existing contractual relationships for additional synergy and leverage.
– Establish supplier contracts, as well as monitor and track adherence to new and existing agreements.

  • Identify & Manage purchasing risks for his/her program :

– Build and maintain the purchasing planning for his/her program (deliverables, PO, … deadlines).
– Follow the administration and expediting of purchase orders, including backorder status reports, to achieve nominated delivery dates.
– Coordinate and participate in regular supplier meetings and program reviews.
– Identify potential Supplier Risks and put in place associated improvement and mitigation plans.
– Escalate critical Supplier risks affecting Supplier QCDP results.
– Support preventive analysis/actions against delivery & quality performance.

  • Get involved whenever Quality or Supply Chain departments are facing deadlocks with suppliers.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain team and Lead Buyer to improve suppliers’ logistics performance.
  • Work closely with Supplier Quality team and Local/Lead Buyer to improve suppliers’ quality performance.
  • Building strong relationships with Internal customers in order to effectively serve their needs, often with shorter than expected timescales. Lead relation with the posted contract as required.
  • Become and remain knowledgeable about extant Purchasing Policies/procedures and continuously monitor day to day activities to ensure compliance. Where appropriate, he/she shall recommend changes to management.
  • Request Local/Lead Buyers’ support whenever necessary and relevant (in case of difficult/strategic negociation for instance,…).


In case of offset obligations linked to the program, the Program buyer is responsible for :

  • Collecting the offset terms and conditions of the assigned program.
  • Building/Establishing the purchasing offset proposals with the support of other departments.
  • Identifying and defining with the concerned Lead buyers the compensation strategies
  • Executing the purchasing offset obligations related to the program :

– Consolidate compensation forecasts across his program.
– Ensure that compensation are duly implemented and are fully in line with the Group’s policy and requirements.
– Participate to secure approval for offset credits by customer authorities, in connection with Program Manager.


The ideal candidate will have/be :

  • Degree in engineering or business administration with a major in purchasing.
  • 3-5 years experience as a Buyer in an industrial environment, ideally in various sectors, in highly competitive environments.
  • Results oriented, willing to deliver his/her targets.
  • Comfortable with figures and IT (MS-Office).
  • Ability to work in an international matrix based organisation.
  • Fluent English mandatory.
  • Proven ability to negotiate with suppliers.
  • Proven ability to defend internally the Commodity Strategies, and to implement them.
  • Understanding of Quality and Supply Chain principles.
  • Comfortable with traveling ¼ of the time.