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Autoliv in Auburn Hills, MI, is looking for a Project Buyer to support Steering Wheel projects through the development process and serve as the Purchasing Interface to the Project Cross Functional Team. The Project Buyer will manage the supplier relationship in the project and ensure the achievement of cost and performance targets as well as timing commitments.  Additional job duties include:

  • Developing an in-depth product and process knowledge base about responsible technologies and global supply base including thorough understanding of the entire value-added chain and cost drivers through supplier workshops, plant visits, technical reviews.
  • Negotiating component engineering changes to avoid cost creep and improve project objectives.
  • Executing all purchasing related activities of product/project development as assigned within the specified projects and within the requirements of the Autoliv Production Development System.
  • Supporting cross functional team initiatives around lead time reduction, cost improvements and supply vulnerability improvements.
  • Engaging as purchasing interface with the cross functional team.
  • Managing the requests for quotes received from the program team and obtains or estimates costs with the Product Area Buyers.
  • Protecting or enhancing company margins by coordinating lowest cost sourcing, maintaining or improving material margins through launch, via cost reduction idea generation and implementation.
  • Leading Feasibility Reviews and Contract Reviews prior to tool kick off.
  • Placing purchase orders needed to support new product development.
  • Procuring all pre-production production and prototype components through SOP.
  • Maintaining accurate costed bill of material and tooling cost through change management from phase zero through SOP.
  • Creating synergies between Purchasing, Quality and Engineering to ensure preferred solutions are maintained.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Materials, Business Administration, or in a Technical background with a minimum of 3-5 years' Project and/or Commodity Purchasing experience at a Tier One Automotive Supplier.
  • Must have the ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Must have strong negotiating skills
  • Must have good organizational and time management skills  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Ability to read drawings
  • Have an understanding of the manufacturing process associated with components (injection molding, die casting, stamping)
  • Good written & oral communication skills
  • Willingness to support global projects when necessary during off work hours
  • Travel is 10 – 20%

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Auburn Hills Technical Center

1320 Pacific Dr
48326 Auburn Hills Directions 248-475-9000 View page

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