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The Category Buyer is a critical individual contributor role in Mercury’s direct material procurement organization. Reporting to the Category Manager, the Buyer supports Mercury’s global manufacturing operations and product development programs by driving continuous improvements in supplier performance, cost competitiveness, quality, delivery, and innovation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Execute procurement activities for product development programs as part of cross functional team to:
Develop and execute component sourcing and development plans that meet functional, manufacturability, and cost targets
Lead the request for quotation/proposal process
Visit supplier manufacturing facilities to conduct audits, verify capabilities, and build relationships
Negotiate best total cost for Mercury
Issue component and tooling purchase orders
Manage component timelines and budgets to ensure program deliverables are achieved
Facilitate cross functional and supplier team meetings, managing action items
Support Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) actions led by the Mercury Supplier Quality Engineer
Support root cause and corrective action efforts throughout the development cycle
Lead current production procurement activities for assigned suppliers:
Drive continuous improvement in supplier performance for cost, quality, and delivery to ensure Mercury operations are successfully supported and service levels improve year-over-year
Negotiate with current and potential suppliers to achieve lowest total cost solutions
Manage production purchase order pricing, including scheduled reviews and updates based on pricing agreements; resolve invoicing/payment issues as needed; monitor critical input costs for assigned categories, such as currency exchange rates and raw materials
Proactively identify and execute cost reduction projects; effectively challenge and respond to supplier price increase requests
Support actions led by the Mercury Supply Chain Analyst or Supplier Quality Engineer to resolve supplier delivery or quality problems
Support supplier-driven and Mercury-driven change processes
Contribute and drive continuous improvement activities for Mercury internal processes and systems
BS/BA in Engineering (preferred), Operations Management, Supply Chain or similar field
5+ years of experience in sourcing, procurement, or supplier management roles
Excellent negotiating and cost management skills; adept at managing conflict and handling difficult situations
Excellent data analysis abilities and software skills, including Microsoft Excel, Power BI; proficient with Word, PowerPoint, Project
Proficient with engineering prints and specifications, APQP, and PPAP processes
Excellent time management and organization skills, able to comfortably manage multiple ongoing projects, prioritize and adapt in response to changing business needs
Positive attitude, ethics, and international values to promote a healthy, diverse, high performance culture
Occasional day and/or overnight travel, up to 20%, domestic and international
Expertise in raw materials, manufacturing processes, and supply base for engine components and/or marine propulsion system components
Experience in original equipment manufacturer setting with comparable scale and requirements to Mercury
C.P.M. and/or CPIM certifications
Lean and Six Sigma certification and application experience
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