Sr. Commodity Buyer

Schaeffler, a global automotive and industrial supplier, is seeking a Senior Buyer – Direct Material for our Fort Mill, SC location. This position is responsible for developing and implementing activities that support and are in alignment with Divisional and Corporate Strategic Purchasing initiatives. The goals of this position are to evaluate acquisitions effectively, manage suppliers in the industrial division and calculate optimal production cost to determine cost savings potential. 


Key responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Develop commodity strategies pursuant to identifying and implementing productivity initiatives and supplier rationalization opportunities for assigned commodities
  • Ensure capacity is available within the supply base
  • Data collection of material costs and production costs with local suppliers
  • Identification of cost drivers and eliminations
  • Drive purchasing negotiations
  • Ensure preferred suppliers are involved with New Product Development
  • Assist the team in strategic planning and project management

 Qualified candidates will have:

  • Engineering degree preferred and/or business degree with relevant professional experience in purchasing and/or production
  • 5 + years of experience with purchasing, cost value analysis, cost calculation or sales engineering preferably in the automotive industry
  • Excellent knowledge in manufacturing processes
  • Proven project management experience, negotiation and problem solving skills, excellent systems aptitude (SAP experience a plus)
  • Ability to analyze complex technical matters and manage cost database
  • Must have strong Microsoft Office, Verbal & Written Communication skills
Schaeffler is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Job Function


Primary Location

 United States-South Carolina-Fort Mill 



Supply Chain

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