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Senior Production Buyer


The Senior Production Buyer is responsible for determining costs for quotations (including global efforts) and engineering changes.  Act as commercial interface with suppliers including cost reduction efforts.


  • Ensure that component drawings contain all necessary information to quote (Material specification, finish specification and weights listed in the drawing)
  • Generate RFQ’s and review supplier quotes:
    • Analyze supplier cost break downs and identify gaps / opportunities
    • Compare quotations to previous revisions and understand cost variances
    • Negotiate tooling and piece price with suppliers, including future cost reduction commitments (LTA’s)
    • Identify drawing exceptions requested by suppliers in their quote responses and communicate with engineering for their review and approval
  • Actively participate in APQP cross-functional meetings as required
  • Recommend suppliers for sourcing of new products based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and obtain consensus from the Sourcing Board Meeting when required
  • Conduct quoting and sourcing process utilizing PF (Global Litens RFQ software)
  • Issue purchase orders and price updates in the system
  • Execute global RFQ’s & negotiations for assigned commodities (if applicable) to leverage Litens purchased volume
  • Respond to Engineering change requests (ECO’s) and Customer request for quotes (CRQ’s) in a timely manner
  • Support Technical cost reductions and VAVE initiatives
  • Evaluate price increase requests, and negotiate with suppliers to avoid or minimize the cost impact for Litens
  • Facilitate the “Supplier Request for Change” process (SRC)
  • Work with Material Control communicating lot quantities and/or purchasing agreements which affect component releases


The Successful Candidate will have:

  • College diploma or University degree in business or related field
  • Minimum 7 years estimating and purchasing experience in the automotive industry
  • Proficient using MS Office
  • General knowledge of machining, aluminum die casting, plastic injection moulding, metal stampings, powder metal, material control, MRP system
  • Must understand engineered component drawings typical of current automotive industry standards
  • Negotiation skills

Additional Information:

Accommodations for disabilities in relation to the job selection process are available upon request.

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