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Advanced Purchasing Specialist

Company: Dana Corp
Location: Maumee
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Dana is a global leader in the supply of highly engineered driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains. Serving three primary markets - passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway equipment - Dana provides the world's original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support through a network of nearly 100 engineering, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.
Job Purpose
The Advanced Purchasing Specialist is responsible for managing the purchased material BOM's for OEM inquiries. The primary objective is to confirm Best in Class cost inputs are incorporated into the Sales Inquiry System. This role includes the coordination of Request for Quote (RFQ) activities with the respective buyer(s) to ensure issuance to the preferred suppliers and cost are provided back to Cost Estimating group on time. Additionally, the Advanced Purchasing Specialist will drive collaboration between Purchasing, Cost Engineering, OE Program Managers, Engineering, Business Development, and other disciplines to arrive at best total cost submissions and overall program launch timing.This role will also be responsible to maintain/create database of various commodities to enhance cost estimation process.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
*Successful coordination of the required program activities to assure the preferred suppliers are selected for pre-launch collaboration activities that will meet Stage Gate "0" timing requirements.

*Liaise with Purchasing, Engineering, Cost Engineering, Cost Estimating and OE program management to assure the best suppliers are selected and assist in defining cost targets.

*Work cross region to understand cost and supply chains to ensure best total cost get applied to new inquiries.

*Form and lead program teams to ensure development of a robust sourcing plan that will achieve cost targets to obtain new profitable business, addressing complexity reduction, supplier consolidation opportunities, and concurrent engineering.

*Plan, lead & conduct timely team meetings to review timing status, issue resolution, and regional coordination for purchased components.

*Communicate and present project cost status through reports and reviews at all levels.

*Work with Business Unit Program Managers to ensure that design, quality, financial, and cost targets of the Program are met by chosen suppliers and Dana Buyers/Commodity Managers.

Identify and resolve project cost issues, elevating to management as appropriate for expedient resolution.

*Liaise with Business Unit/OE Program Management regarding purchasing issues on programs.

*Provide oversight and guidance for communication channels for significant program information & data.

*Ensure Dana financial authorization for procurement of Dana funded and customer funded supplier tooling (CPT/RFA approvals).

*Track purchased Bill of Material proforma to budget. (Including tooling)

*Support pre-launch VA/VE initiatives where appropriate to drive cost out.

*Manage and track supplier timing for all program milestones related to the OE program.


*Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Manufacturing or Finance required.

Minimum 3 years of buying experience, including contract and program execution.

*Extensive knowledge and understanding of sourcing processes and requirements.

*Demonstrated maturity and increased responsibilities over career.

*Expertise in utilizing and a general understanding of marketplace intelligence, including pricing indices, exchange rates, and geopolitical factors.

*Experience identifying, researching, and analyzing changing business trends, marketplace conditions, raw material price trends, changes in the labor market and competitive information.

*Proven excellent Customer & Supplier relationship management skills.

Track record of process improvement and delivering results.

*Able to effectively interface with other disciplines in the organization to achieve results and drive performance.

*Ability to successfully function in a matrix style of management, managing a variety of cross-functional team members globally.

*Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

*Excellent organizational and follow-up skills; competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making.

*Demonstrated ability to drive results.

*Manufacturing Experience preferred.

*Must have demonstrated Project Management & leadership skills.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per Dana policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that Dana will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

Keywords: Dana Corp, Toledo , Advanced Purchasing Specialist, Professions , Maumee, Ohio

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