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Ford Motor Company Category Implementation Buyer, AC Lines in Helena, Montana

We are the movers of the world and the makers of the future. We get up every day, roll up our sleeves and build a better world -- together. At Ford, we’re all a part of something bigger than ourselves. Are you ready to change the way the world moves?

Product Development uses design thinking & user experience methods to deliver breakthrough products and services that delight our customers. We bring innovative, exciting, and sustainable ideas to life. We have opportunities around the world for you to contribute to advancements in autonomy, electrification, smart mobility technologies, and more!

The Category Implementation Buyer is responsible for the strategic sourcing, business development and supply continuity that are critical to achieving the Ford+ plan of improving bottom-line automotive operations and securing Ford Motor Company’s place in the ever-changing automotive landscape of tomorrow. Category Implementation team members interface with internal and external stakeholders alike to ensure that the right supply partner is chosen to deliver the best product, on the right vehicle, at the right price with outstanding quality and on-time performance.

In this position...

  • Global Lead for AC Lines.

  • Understand upcoming program sourcing and key milestone in support of launch.

  • Learn product attributes, cost targets, marketing expectations and footprint requirements to develop a comprehensive bid-list.

What you'll do...

Strategic Sourcing

  • Align with strategic Category Manager on bid-list to align with industry trends, technologies, and strategic supplier analysis.

  • Conduct appropriate sourcing activities that deliver a quality part at the best material cost to Ford Motor Company.

  • Effective storytelling and presentation to executive leadership that lays out the “Why” behind a particular sourcing decision.

  • Provide feedback to valued supply partners on cost position relative to market to build effective long-term, productive relationships.

  • Support future Program Workshops - identify opportunities to achieve vehicle competitive pricing.

Business Plan Development

  • Work with the strategic Category Manager and Product Development to understand latest supply base footprint, financial health ratings, technologies, and trends

  • Understand and set cost savings goals to achieve on an annual basis by identifying pure commercial leverage versus design efficiencies and end-to-end supply chain improvements

  • Develop material cost roadmaps that deliver corporate objectives and ensure long-term viability.

  • Lead global supplier negotiation to support and develop Action Plan for achieving 2024 Priorities.

Supply Continuity and Support

  • Provide direct support to Supplier Quality and Material, Planning & Logistics where part quality and shortages become prevalent

  • Work with engineering to identify alternative technologies or sources of supply to maintain a consistent flow of product into Ford production facilities

  • Close all commercial issues in a timely, effective, and competitive manner so as to not risk plant build objectives.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Travel as required to supply partners.

  • Be a leader- look at all existing process and challenge if improvements could be made, regardless of scale.

  • Complete all systems training required to complete day-to-day operations of Category Implementation role.

  • Attend internal and external workshops with key stakeholders for continued process improvements.

  • Hold effective working-level meetings with Supply partners (issue closure, communication, and relationship development).

You'll have...

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • 5+ years of direct automotive procurement and supply chain experience.

Even better, you may have...

  • Masters Degree.

  • Ability to work autonomously.

  • Persuasive and confident communication skills (e.g., proposals, reports, plans) to secure commitment from business leaders.

  • Ability to develop and successfully execute negotiations strategy.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partnersExcellent data analysis skillset.

  • Sourcing process knowledge.

You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder…or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

• Immediate medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage

• Flexible family care days, paid parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more

• Family building benefits including adoption and surrogacy expense reimbursement, fertility treatments, and more

• Vehicle discount program for employees and family members and management leases

• Tuition assistance

• Established and active employee resource groups

• Paid time off for individual and team community service

• A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

• Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

For a detailed look at our benefits, click here:

This position is a range of salary grades 6-8.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status. In the United States, if you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660.


Requisition ID : 30229