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As a leader in thermal technology, we design, develop, and manufacture heating, cooling, and ventilating devices for diverse global markets. With our employees, we pioneer and shape markets for comfort devices while seeking new ways to drive value for our customers.  We employ approximately 10,000 people at twelve locations in North America, Europe and Asia. 

Scope of Position:

Manage a global team that is responsible for securing and permanently improving competitiveness for indirect materials and services in terms of QCD and TCO.

Areas of Responsibility:

General tasks:

  • Develop category strategies to meet business objectives for cost, quality, and fulfillment
  • Define optimization strategies and opportunities per the requirements of Purchasing Excellence
  • Establish and manage annual, departmental budgets and KPI’s – ensure cost savings/cost avoidance targets acheived
  • Coordinate the activities for the specific category
  • Provide external focus with category intelligence, industry insights and technology trends
  • Lead contract development to ensure consistent commercial terms and conditions
  • Manage the bid and quote process and supplier selection
  • Confirm availability and lead time for materials and services
  • Conduct supplier negotiations and ongoing cost reduction activities
  • Manage any required conflict resolution related to commercial, contractual and supply constraints


Managerial tasks:

  • Ensure appointment of appropriate purchasing staff
  • Define individual targets with directly assigned staff
  • Coordinate and monitor activities of directly assigned staff
  • Implement effective and efficient organizational structures in collaboration with VP Purchasing
  • Inform and involve staff as required by appropriate communication
  • Motivate and develop staff; increase employee satisfaction


Key Relationships:

Vice President Purchasing, Operations Managers, as well as managers and employees within their area of responsibility, especially process engineering and production.



Excellent management and communication skills

Change Management experience

Strong Program Management skils

Strong negotiation skills

Persuasiveness, assertiveness and target orientation

Intercultural competency

Comprehensive knowhow of Purchasing methods and tools

Good knowledge in ISO TS 16949 especially related to supplier management

Good practical and theoretical knowledge in Lean management

Very good (fluent) in English (spoken and written);able to negotiate (contracts) in English language; languages of other Gentherm locations advantageous

High willingness to travel


Education and  Experience:  

Master’s degree in Engineering and/or Business, alternatively several years of professional experience in a comparable position                       

Over 10 years of professional experience in a responsible management position with similar background.  Working for an international automotive company is a positive.




Gentherm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Req ID:  5861

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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