ZF Principal Commodity Buyer in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Principal Commodity Buyer

Corporate - V Function


Job Description

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company acquired TRW Automotive on May 15, 2015, which was then integrated within the organization as the Active & Passive Safety Technology Division. The combined company reported sales of €29.2 billion in 2015 and now has a global workforce of around 135,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. ZF annually invests approximately five percent of its sales in Research & Development (€1.4 billion in 2015) ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies.

Commodity Buyer for Non-Production Material Engineering Services for North America.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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%.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

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

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