Commodity 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  




Performs key commercial aspects of purchasing such as: supplier selection, price negotiation, new material coordination, global coordination, and VA/VE. Will also lead efforts with Affiliate procurement, engineers and global purchasing members as well as support the development of the Purchasing and Commodity strategies.




  • Leads set cost reduction objectives and develops cost reduction strategies with suppliers
  • Manages selection and sourcing of suppliers as part of the strategic supply base while meeting program commitments and requirements
  • Conducts market tests and cost control renegotiations to maintain cost competitiveness
  • Serves as first point of contact and liaison to the supply base
  • Leads the negotiation of the “Yazaki Purchase Terms and Conditions” with each supplier
  • Supports Advanced Purchasing with cost reduction strategies or sourcing of new suppliers to support new programs
  • Manages the selection of alternate sources of suppliers to ensure continuity, consistency of quality and competitive pricing
  • Manages Supplier performance according to QCDE (Quality, Cost, Delivery, Environmental) to achieve overall targets and objectives
  • Champions the SCR (Supplier Change Request), ensure SCR’s are closed out on time defined within the process
  • Processes e-RFQ’s thru GPDB (Global Purchasing Data Base) system, while maintaining price contracts
  • Ensures compliance with all documentation (including NDA, supplier contracts, SCN, PCN, SCR, and Price evaluation reports)
  • Conducts Executive Supplier reviews with key suppliers to improve overall performance
  • Ensures data integrity and compliance with Purchasing cost reduction road map
  • Issues Tooling Purchase Orders, obtains photos from suppliers to support Business Unit payment
  • Supports/Achieves Global cost improvement initiatives
    • Identifies savings opportunities and works with each Regional Commodity Team on cross regional projects
  • Manages Supply Chain optimization through price harmonization, localization and logistics routes




Degree Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree or relevant degree preferred or equivalent work experience

Certification Requirements:


Previous Experience:


Required: 5-7 years previous Automotive Purchasing for Sr. Buyer and Sr. Specialist, 2+ years previous Automotive for Buyer or Buyer experience

Preferred: 5+ years, Ability to read blue prints and schematics.  Strong automotive experience preferred with purchasing of commodities such as: Raw Materials, Routing, Connections, Electronics and Wire/Tape/Sleeving

Travel Requirements:

5-10% Local, Regional, National, and International


English required; Spanish preferred


SAP, Microsoft Office Suite (word, power point, excel)

On Call Requirements:

As needed

Physical Requirements:

Office position / Primarily Sedentary

(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions)



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.