Advanced Purchasing Buyer

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton, MI, USA  



What we are looking for:


Yazaki is looking for an Advanced Purchasing Buyer to join our Purchasing team in Canton, MI.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative and action-driven environment making lasting impacts on the organization.  This position is hybrid.


What you will be doing:


  • Manage selection and sourcing of suppliers and align with category buyers to send RFQs in support of Pre-SOP programs.
  • Lead negotiations with key suppliers to support cost down reductions to secure business award.
      • Develop sourcing strategies based on program life, volume, suppliers, and other relevant information to achieve cost optimization.
  • Support Purchasing Program Management with cost reduction strategies, sourcing of new suppliers and obtaining quotes for new business award RFQ.
  • Liaise with Category Purchasing, BU, & Engineering to ensure continued alignment on supplier bid list, timing, cost, technology, and category strategy if available.
  • Ensure tool kick off timing aligns with program build deliverables.
  • Maintain price contracts, issue tooling POs, and obtain photos from suppliers to support BU payment.


What you will bring to the table:


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related experience
  • 2 to 5 years of previous automotive purchasing experience
  • 5 years of previous experience with blueprints and schematics, preferred
  • Travel: <25% local, regional, national, and international
  • Ability to resolve issues by applying creative thinking
  • Ability to think and act logically under pressure
  • Ability to resolve issues or propose resolutions to responsible parties
  • Must work independently and collaboratively
  • Key Competencies: active learning, analytical thinking and problem solving, customer orientation, results orientation and execution, initiative, and teamwork


What we can provide you:


  • A safe collaborative learning work environment that stimulates creativity and exploration
  • Diverse teams of experts
  • Resources from around the globe
  • Supportive leadership and team members to help you do your best work
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package including incentive compensation, 401K match, tuition assistance and a generous holiday schedule
  • A hybrid work schedule



Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.