Project Buyer

Hamilton, Ohio, United Statesthyssenkrupp Bilstein of America Inc

Type of contract:Full-time, Permanent
Experience level:Professionals
Remote work:Not possible
Job field:Supply Chain
Status:Ongoing recruitment, entry date flexible
Posting date:2024/05/14
Job number:US_RS_07539
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Your responsibilities

The Project Buyer leads costing and sourcing activities for new customer programs; participates in the Cross-Functional Team (CFT) meetings; ensures components are sourced in-time for new programs; investigates and develops cost-down solutions with engineering, purchasing and suppliers in order to achieve cost targets; ensures compliance of all activities with policies related to Compliance, Sustainability and Risk Management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a safe working environment by complying with all safety and environmental policies in the workplace. Advocates for and promotes a safe work environment by reporting Near Misses and/or other safety and environmental hazards, wearing all required PPE and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Take the lead in all aspects of costing and sourcing activities for materials required in new customer programs.
  • Utilize expertise in procurement strategies to efficiently acquire necessary components, ensuring alignment with project timelines and budgetary constraints.
  • Collaborate closely with commodity buyers to orchestrate the timely submission of quotes and procurement of materials, ensuring adherence to defined cost and time targets.
  • Foster strong communication channels to facilitate seamless coordination throughout the procurement process.
  • Oversee the consolidation and ongoing monitoring of material costs for acquisitions and new programs.
  • Employ advanced analytical techniques to conduct in-depth cost analyses, identifying areas for potential cost reduction and efficiency improvement.
  • Spearhead cross-functional initiatives, engaging with key stakeholders such as Engineering, Production, and Logistics teams to develop and implement cost-down solutions.
  • Utilize a collaborative approach to leverage diverse expertise and achieve or surpass cost and profitability targets for new programs.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the purchasing department and all relevant stakeholders in assigned customer program Cross-Functional Team (CFT) and acquisition meetings.
  • Effectively communicate purchasing strategies, progress, and challenges, ensuring alignment with overall project objectives.
  • Provide comprehensive support for purchasing activities throughout the product lifecycle, including proactive involvement in change management processes.
  • Anticipate and adapt to changes in project scope or requirements, ensuring seamless integration of purchasing-related activities.
  • Uphold strict adherence to organizational standards and policies related to compliance, sustainability, and risk management in all purchasing activities.
  • Regularly review and update processes to ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements and industry best practices.
  • Performs all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Your profile

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience as a Buyer in an IATF16949 Tier I or II automotive company preferred.
  • Experience buying engineered components (e.g. metal stampings, compression and injection rubber, screw machine & CNC parts, plastic injection molded parts, blow molded plastic, weldments, hot & cold formed springs, tube products) preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of purchasing processes to include supplier selection techniques, request for quote, negotiation and sourcing decision.
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to meet defined targets.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Engineering background or strong affinity for technique.
  • Organizational and communication skills; able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience working with large ERP systems (SAP MM preferred).
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional and global matrix organization.
  • Highly organized with ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Exhibits integrity through fair and ethical behaviors in all activities; maintains accountability for performance.
  • Proven experience developing work processes to improve outcomes for the team/customers.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management/Business/Engineering or related field required.

Your benefits

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation packages, Bilstein of America proudly offers a rich history, steeped in innovation and a lasting commitment to our customers, employees and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

Benefits offered on the first of the month after your employment date:

  • Medical, Dental and Optical
  • 401(k) with 5% company match (after 90 days of employment)
  • Company paid short-term disability (after 6 months employment)
  • Paid personal time off
  • Annual Company bonus


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Important to us

Health & Safety

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

We value diversity

Equal Opportunity Employer BILSTEIN of America is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind in our workplace. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


thyssenkrupp is an international industrial and technology company employing around 100,000 people. Across 48 countries it generated sales of 38 billion in fiscal 2022/2023. Backed by extensive technological know-how, the businesses develop cost-effective and resource-friendly solutions to the challenges of the future, mainly in the fields of climate protection, the energy transition, digital transformation in the industry and mobility of the future. Under the thyssenkrupp umbrella brand the company creates long-term value with innovative products, technologies and services and contributes to a better life for future generations.

From receiving your documents to acceptance: the application process

Step 1

Online application

Have you found an interesting vacancy? Then apply online. You won’t need more than 10 minutes. The entire application process – from initial contact to response – usually takes between four and six weeks.

Notes on application

You will have submitted your online application to thyssenkrupp in no time! As long as the position is available on our career page, you have the opportunity to apply.

We have adapted the application process to the current situation and conduct our interviews by video (not in the U.S.), telephone and also personally - in compliance with the applicable and necessary distance and hygienic rules. You will receive detailed information on this topic from our recruiting experts during the application process, while you can find general information and application tips here finden.

Further information about thyssenkrupp, our products and locations can be found directly on the company website.

We wish you every success with your application and stay healthy!


Move things forward with us - as colleagues and above all as a team.
Because together we dare to do something new and take things into our own hands.

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