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  




Manage and support OEM RFQ’s for initial quotes and additional rounds to secure business award.  Manage all PRE-SOP Provisional Sourcing activities meeting program deliverables.  Develop and implement the Program Sourcing Strategy ensuring it is aligned with the Category Strategy and cross functional teams.  This position will be matrix reporting to the VPM of the Emerging Automotive Group (EAG). Project direction and support will come from EAG VPM. Expectation is to support  projects for their lifecycle within and outside of automotive and own the relationships with the supplier in whatever support is requested above and beyond the primary responsibilities listed below.



  • Align with Category Buyers to establish groups of suppliers for quotations in support of Pre-SOP programs
  • Send RFQs to select suppliers for assigned OEMs & Pre-sop programs
  • Lead negotiations with key suppliers to support cost down reductions to secure business award
  • Post award activities include developing sourcing strategy based on program life, volume, suppliers and other relevant information to achieve cost optimization
  • Supports Purchasing Program Management with cost reduction strategies, sourcing of new suppliers or assisting with obtaining quotes for new business award RFQ
  • Primary contact with cross functional team including Category Purchasing, BU, & Engineering to ensure continued alignment on supplier bid list, timing, cost, technology and category strategy if available
  • Manages selection and sourcing of suppliers while meeting program commitments and requirements
  • Ensure tool kick off timing aligns with program build deliverables
  • Issues Tooling Purchase Orders, obtains photos from suppliers to support Business Unit payment
  • Ensure supplier’s data is complete and set up in all relevant systems



Degree Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in related field

Certification Requirements:


Previous Experience:


Required: 2-5 years previous Automotive Purchasing for Buyer and Sr. Specialist.

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

Travel Requirements:

10% - Travel domestic and international


English, Spanish would be bonus


Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint, Outlook). SAP would be preferred

On Call Requirements:

As required off hours via cell phone

Physical Requirements:

Office position – occasional lifting of boxes and parts.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions.

(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.