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Job Description Segment:  Drive Systems
Function: Production Buyer
Location: Lafayette, IN
Job holder: Purchasing
In this position you will assume responsibility for entire projects and provide general guidance and training to less experienced buyers and support employees. Ability to identify key purchasing related issues and then apply problem solving skills. Ability to function successfully with considerable latitude. Comprehensive knowledge of material management and procurement function.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
• Procure material and services in accordance with purchasing procedures.
• Support the company’s requirements through successful completion of purchase orders; negotiate price and delivery; initiate and execute contracts.
 -- Negotiate long term agreements and maintain effective relationships with suppliers
• Interface with all departments as required to service.
• Work with production planners to insure material availability.
 -- Maintain inventory as indicated by the production plan
 -- Provide monthly material forecasts to key suppliers for high volume materials
 -- Maintain accurate supplier information in the ERP system
• Vendor selection; include on site visits in order to conduct quality surveys and subsequent determination for approval of vendor products/services.
 -- Ensures quality standards are established and met
• Return products to vendors and follow up with failure and corrective action reports as necessary.
• Monitor purchase price variance as it pertains to standard cost.
 -- Prepare purchase recommendations and cost savings analyses
• Troubleshoot accounting and receiving discrepancies.
• Ability to work in a participative management environment. Interface with various levels of authority, both internally and externally
• Ability for travel to suppliers, including overseas travel (20%-30%)                 

Knowledge & Skills Summary:
• Strong PC skills, including proficiency with Excel, Word and Access.
• Must possess excellent communication, presentation and organizational skills
• Must be able to work in a matrix organization
• Analytical problem solving skills
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Capable of handling several situations simultaneously

Education and work Experience:
• BS/BA degree in Business, Operations, Purchasing/Logistics, or Engineering
• 2-4 years of purchasing experience
• Minimum 7 years proactive experience in procurement of truck/automotive components
• Minimum 2 years proactive experience in the global sourcing truck/automotive components
• Familiarity with Machining/Casting/Forging/Gear Cutting/MRO Tooling/Maintenance (min of 2)
• Experience in manufacturing operations, program management or engineering plus
• Experience in APQP and AIAG processes a plus
• Must be able to read prints/drawings


Job Description Segment:  Drive Systems
Function: Supplier Development Manager
Reports to: Head of Procurement
Location: Oerlikon BU Location
Job holder: Purchasing
To analyze and evaluate the quality, delivery, and logistics chain serving ODS from any other overseas suppliers, and domestic suppliers which are needed for the effective operation of Oerlikon Drives Systems.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
•  Assist the Director of Purchasing in establishing priorities, coordinate and implement supplier development programs which will help meet functions’ cost, quality and delivery precision targets and as per the department tactics plan.
• Costs targets: 4% reductions per year based on spend
• Quality target: .25% PPM
• OTD target: 99.4%
• Assist in developing and implementing controls over all aspects of the domestic/international logistics chain, quality, and delivery standards as agreed by ODS.
• Maintain and carry out capability assessments of potential supplier with the respect to ODS manufacturing strategy and product road map, report identified risks and make recommendations of actions.
• Develop and document business processes, policies and procedures between domestic and international facilities.
• Benchmark best practice and help implement and communicate that best practice where relevant into ODS’ and our suppliers processes.
• Assist with and manage small to medium size projects relating to purchasing suppliers and programs. Develop facilitation skills in order to maximize identifying opportunities for reducing cost and increasing supplier performance through VA/VE projects yielding a 2% reduction in total costs
• Assist the Director in the research, evaluation and development of new strategies for on-time receipt/delivery. Provide technical support to supplier re-sourcing programs to LCC/BCC or current suppliers.
• Use systems data to gather and analyze information related to purchasing activity. Attain a high level in, and continually develop, personal skills in Value Engineering techniques, LEAN process techniques and problem solving techniques, and use in daily work. Be a center of expertise to help develop others’ skills and knowledge in the department.
• Manage suppliers: administer processes with various suppliers.  Review all processes regularly for compliance on the part of both suppliers and internal end users.
• Review supplier design (forging, castings, buy complete) raw prints. Work with engineering for approvals. Improve current approval time by 20%

Knowledge & Skills Summary:
• Strong knowledge of mechanical, pneumatics, hydraulic and electrical systems & components
• Proficient in quality analysis tools such as 5D, 8D, SPC, PFMEA etc. Strong problem solving skills   with the ability to teach basic problem solving and facilitate problem solving team events.
• Experience in developing part certification processes and vendor quality measures. Strong knowledge of fabrication based quality control methods, tools and techniques.  
Education and work Experience:
• Minimum: Four Year degree in Business Administration, engineering, or related field
• Minimum 3 years related work experience


Function: Senior Buyer, MRO
Location: Lafayette, IN
Job holder: Purchasing
Position Summary:
The MRO Senior Buyer displays a high-level working knowledge of the MRO purchasing process, solves problems with minimal assistance and communicates effectively with others. They will be responsible for meeting commitments and is proactive in identifying issues and driving resolution, display effective decision-making, teamwork and leadership skills.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
• Drafts purchase orders ensuring all requirements are met
• Completes change orders in a timely manner to maintain systems integrity, ensures purchase order terms and conditions are in compliance with agreements and all governing regulations.
• Negotiates agreements, pricing, delivery and other terms and conditions consistent with Fairfield’s business requirements while meeting the end users needs.
• Manages requestors through the procurement process: assists with supplier selection, requisition creation, purchase options, requests samples and maintains action items as required.
• Manages MRO supply base: investigates and approves new sources of supply, consolidates purchases among key suppliers, manages supplier performance and maintains Fairfield supplier information.

Knowledge & Skills Summary:
•   Five or more year’s vendor sourcing, vendor development and record of cost saving.
• Three or more years experience purchasing machined parts, metal components and/or MRO.

Education and work Experience:
•  Bachelor’s degree required

Oerlikon Fairfield is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster, click here.
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Oerlikon Fairfield
2400 Sagamore Pkwy South
P.O. Box 7940
47903 Lafayette, Indiana
United States
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