Entry Level Purchasing Specialist – Automotive

Job Description

  • Location: Bluffton, Michigan
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #8441
  • Salary: $55,000 Per Hour

Job Title: Entry Level Purchasing Specialist
Duration: Direct Hire (perm)
Location:  Near Findlay, OH

Job Description:

The Purchasing Specialist will procure manufactured materials and subassemblies for in-house production of high volume, high precision components and related materials and services. Reporting to the Commodity Manager, Purchasing.


  • Define, analyze and achieve target cost during the different phases of component development.
  • Procure direct goods, and services for sites, which includes coordination of bid activities, vendor recommendations, negotiating, and contract writing.
  • Coordinate purchasing activities with other plants globally.
  • Participate in development of departmental goals and objectives.
  • Conduct and lead meetings with suppliers to continuously improve quality and cost of purchased material.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to other procurement associates.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with domestic and international vendors and suppliers of manufactured components and subassemblies.
  • Define, achieve and track target cost for the assigned manufactured components, subassemblies, and materials. 
  • Measure and track supplier performance and capacities.
  • Work closely with project teams and internal customers to satisfy purchasing and production goals.
  • Complete understanding of materials, semi-finished products, and design documents (assembly drawings and parts lists, to ensure accuracy.
  • Communicate effectively with designers, direct technicians, and suppliers as required.


  • Participate in Project Management activities.
  • Participate in development of Purchasing goals and objectives.
  • Update and maintain system information relevant to project material purchases. Assist in resolving logistic and accounting issues with manufactured material suppliers.
  • Recommend and establish organizational committees related to the effective functioning of the organization objectives; seek opportunities to promote the vision and values of the organization.
  • Plans expansion of service delivery and provides guidance and assistance to subordinate managers in solving operational problems; establishes long-range goals for subordinate work units


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or a related field. 
  • Two – three years experience in lean manufacturing systems in an automotive environment.
  • Two – three years procurement experience.
  • Some experience working with computer technology in the development of inventory control programs.
  • Excellent communication, verbal and written skills, self-motivated, self-starter, sense of urgency, personal, extroverted personality, well organized.
  • Efficient computer skills with Microsoft Office
  • Available to travel domestically and internationally as required, less than 25%.


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