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Direct Buyer - Purchasing

Location: Smyrna
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionAbout Envision AESC US LLCEnvision AESC is a world-leading battery technology company headquartered in Japan and committed to research, development, design, manufacture and sales of high-power batteries for EVs and energy storage batteries. Envision AESC has 4,000 employees and 10 production plants in Japan, the U.S., the U.K., China and France. For the past 12 years, Envision AESC has produced high-performance, extended range batteries for more than 650,000 electric vehicles in 44 countries, achieving a record of "zero critical battery malfunction." In June 2021, Envision AESC was again named on the "Global Tier 1 Battery Companies" list by Benchmark, a leading U.K.-based lithium-ion battery supply chain research organization. Envision AESC invests heavily in next-generation technology to drive innovation and works with its strategic partners to continually push the boundaries of performance, safety and efficiency. Its teams work with strategic partners to continuously improve the company's global leadership in product development, quality, and sustainable processes. Find out more at AESC, a world leading lithium-ion battery producer, has recently announced ambitious investment plans to build Gigafactories in the US and having signed high volume supply contracts with OE customers. To support these exciting growth plans we are looking for an experienced and innovative Direct Materials/Parts Buyer to join the US Purchasing team to drive forward localized sourcing of the key materials and components required for these plants Outline and Responsibilities:

  • Gather Market Intelligence, identify major categories, analyze current spend & develop an optimal Direct Strategy Plan
  • Technical understanding for development of supply roadmap identifying key commodities within NA region (e.g. cathode, anode, separator, foils and electrolyte) and supply risk factors (e.g. REACH, risk assessment capacity, etc.)
  • Sourcing and purchasing of materials, in line with specified cost, quality, and delivery targets
  • Build and maintain strong connections with Global Purchasing to identify strategies and to develop suppliers both globally and locally
  • Lead strategic proactive tenders (RFI/RFQ), negotiations, supplier selections for approved & new Direct suppliers.
  • Support Purchase Manager on commercial contracting specifically focused on localization with UK and EU suppliers for new sourcing activities.
  • Research and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance, and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement.
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews driving improvement activities.
  • When required support Purchase Manager related to CAPEX and construction tenders
  • Support supply chain team to ensure UK maximize supply logistics improvements and avoid production delays Background and Experience Required:
    • Proven purchasing experience, preferably within a lithium-ion battery manufacturing environment.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with a vision for success, the ability to take responsibility and strong negotiation experience.
    • Excellent communication skills are crucial to this role, as is the ability to build relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
    • Effective analytical skills to evaluate trends and deliver proactive solutions
    • Commercially and operationally astute who is financially aware.
    • A strong understanding of purchasing best practice within the supply chain with Proven track record of achieving targets in a competitive fast paced industry.
    • Strong leader to influence, be able to work to tight deadlines, have a good sense of priority and to have previous negotiation experience.
    • You should possess strong industrial awareness by investigating new supply markets to assess existing and new supplier capabilities to further strength cost reductions and supply rationalization.
    • You must hold a full driving license. Additional:
      • Membership of Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is essential to this role.
      • Some degree of travel may be required.
      • Degree qualification preferred. MBA is desirable. Equal Opportunity Employer All of us at Envision AESC – regardless of functional area or expertise – share a passion to design, manufacture, and sell high-performance products. It is our policy to provide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, gender, disability, or any other status protected by law. Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work in the United States and will be required to provide proof of employment eligibility at the time of hire. For more information, visit **Visa sponsorship for this position is not available at this time. *

Keywords: ENVISION AESC US LLC, Smyrna , Direct Buyer - Purchasing, Professions , Smyrna, Tennessee

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