ZF Principal Buyer - Commodity in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Principal Buyer - Commodity

Corporate - Z Function


Job Description

“Commodity Buyer for Non-Production Material Engineering Services for North America”

Job Description

  • Primary support office in Farmington, Livonia, Northville and Washington, MI.

  • Support the team and related functions within Engineering in all NPM related Purchasing activities.

  • Reporting to global NPM Engineering Services Commodity Manager with onsite leadership provided within the office in Farmington.

  • Collaborate with Engineering team on identifying new and/or existing suppliers for opportunities or sourcing requirements that occur.

  • Ensure all applicable group directives and guidelines are followed and any required exceptions are escalated to the proper level or individuals.

  • Develop bid list and hand Request for Proposals (RfP) activities working with their international sub commodity counterparts.

  • Work with the international sub commodity counterparts to develop a negotiation strategy and finalization of sourcing recommendations.

  • Work with counterparts and/or legal if required to secure proper agreements which are in place for pricing, licensing agreements, scope of work and any other applicable terms and conditions.

  • Oversees ongoing maintenance of contracts through a formalized, structured process.

  • Drive for Cost Savings both EBIT and NON-EBIT, improving overall Payment Terms, Driving Spend with Strategic Suppliers and other KPIs (Key Performance Indicator) which might apply under the Global NPM organization.

  • Maintain all applicable records, documents, SharePoint, databases etc. to ensure an organized and properly documented process.

  • Travel as needed domestic and international 10 to 15%.


  • A strong technical and commercial knowledge (electronics and software preferred) with analytical skills and a high level of self motivation.

  • Bachelors Degree required.

Required Education and Experience

Experience and Skill Requirements

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area

Purchasing & Logistics


Farmington Hills




United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran