At Gentherm, we say, “It’s about the person.” We’re with you on a cold winter day when you turn on your heated seat and steering wheel or helping manage patient body temperature in the operating room, recovering room or intensive care units. We take a human approach with everything we do.


As the global market leader of innovative thermal management and pneumatic comfort technologies for the automotive industry we embrace the opportunity to create and deliver extraordinary solutions  that make meaningful differences in everyday life. We do this by improving health, wellness, comfort and energy efficiency.



We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and combine that with our global leadership to deliver results. Working at Gentherm provides you the opportunity to not only shape the future of the automotive and medical industries, but also influence your career throughout the company. You will be engaged, challenged and inspired by our team to deliver leading thermal technologies that positively impact lives around the world.

Indirect Purchasing Manager, North America



Leading by example, this role is responsible for building and developing a team to source, qualify and procure indirect materials, supplies, machinery, tooling and/or services. Purchasing Manager, Indirect Goods & Services, North America is responsible for actively participating in development of commodity strategies, sourcing/negotiations, global/regional material budget execution, and interface with suppliers and internal stakeholders.  Work is of a complex nature involving a considerable amount of initiative, analytical work, and a high level of independent judgment.


  • Effectively lead, cross functionally, both internally and externally and build relationships to source, qualify, and maintain consistent, high-quality commodities at low total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Build, develop and mentor a team.
  • Act as an escalation point within the indirect purchasing team for dispute resolution.
  • Maintains and ensures compliance of purchasing policies and practices to control procurement function.
  • Participates and adheres to Gentherm’s key principle of inclusivity.
  • Leads, directs and manages commercial negotiations involving the assigned categories and/or services
  • Plans and directs activities within assigned categories to achieve the maximum measurable results
  • Develop and lead strategic sourcing activities for assigned indirect categories •
  • Effectively achieve optimal total cost of ownership and manage supplier risk, while meeting business stakeholders' requirements 
  • Delivers excellence in procurement activities including spend analytics, strategy development, negotiations, and stakeholder engagement 
  • Plan and deliver desired business results (including savings for annual and multi-year savings goals) and category strategies for assigned categories
  • Initiate and lead RFP/RFQ bids and analysis, supplier evaluation, supplier qualification, supplier selection, contract development/execution and negotiations


  • Proven track record of supplier evaluation, negotiation and selection.
  • Experience in contract management and execution.
  • Proven track record of managing CapEx, IT and Engineering Services projects
  • Ability to identify business opportunities and make business proposals.
  • Energetic, committed and dedicated to achieving success.
  • Able to resolve problems, transition and transform sourcing activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong Analytical skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; procurement related degree preferred.


  • Experience with Indirect Category Management strategy
  • 5 year’s minimum experience in strategic sourcing.
  • Experience in supplier development and supplier performance.
  • Strong skills in spend and performance analysis.
  • Good understanding of best-in-class sourcing management processes and techniques.
  • Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.


TRAVEL: Up to 10%

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBLITIES: Manages a team of 3 people located in Mexico.


Deliver Results

  • Understand the mission and output of your team; set SMART objectives and deliver 

Drive Change

  • Focus on agility and commitment to continuous improvement; Understand and act on internal and external drivers of change 

Build Capability  

  • Foster a culture of learning and development; Support individual growth through continuous feedback to achieve personal and professional goals 

Cultivate InnovatioN

  • Openly embrace, create, implement and support new and innovative ideas, processes and technology that deliver business results 



All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. Gentherm is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship. 


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:  9322
Country/Region:  US
Published:  Jul 11, 2024

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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