Senior Purchasing Cost Specialist

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  





The Senior Purchasing Cost Specialist will accelerate cost reduction necessary to compensate for revenue shortfalls and maintain margin. The Senior Specialist will be responsible for calculating cost while analyzing supplier cost structures, manufacturing and logistic processes. Additionally, this position will support category management in fact-based negotiations and leverage supplier capabilities in cost-reduction efforts, and collaborate with supplier, engineering and other business unites to challenge and eliminate cost drivers in supply chain and product design.




  1. Lead and support preparation of cost break downs for bottom up calculation, and evaluate cost break down sheets and cost analysis.
  2. Prepare data to identify measures for cost reduction of purchased parts in alignment with manager or functional expert.
  3. Evaluate, benchmark and maintain data of supplier rate commitment cards.
  4. Improve and develop cost engineering tools.
  5. Conduct supplier VA/VE, VSM and cost reduction workshops to improve competitiveness of suppliers based on selected KPI's.
  6. Support savings for budget owner to meet the budget and/or realize savings on top of the budget.
  7. Reduce cost through standardization of specifications as well as through reduction of complexity.
  8. Identify, evaluate & deploy cost reduction projects along the entire end-to-end product realization process.
  9. Encourage and challenge suppliers to submit cost saving proposals to achieve overall cost reduction of products and services purchased and as a result improve competitiveness.
  10. Prepare cost estimates for purchased components and tools for new business during RFQ phase as well as for running business.
  11. Lead interdisciplinary teams with the target to reduce complexity and TCO
  12. Conduct Lean workshops at our suppliers in collaboration with our European NYS organization; apply tools like VSM, Kanban, SMED, 7 Muda, 5S, Monozukuri, etc.
  13. Collect, verify, track and implement resulting cost reduction initiatives.
  14. Support other purchasing functions during negotiation with suppliers.
  15. Design and implement all processes, tools and systems necessary.
  16. Present key projects to senior management.
  17. All other duties as assigned.




Degree Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

Certification Requirements:


Previous Experience:

Previous cost engineering analyst experience

Travel Requirements:

Up to 30%


Primary English.  Spanish/Japanese encouraged.


Required: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). 

On Call Requirements:


Physical Requirements:

Office position/Primarily Sedentary



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.