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Commodity Manager

Company: Yazaki North America, Inc.
Location: Canton
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

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 on which we pride ourselves.


Develop and lead execution of commodity strategy, sourcing/negotiations, budget execution in alignment with KPI metrics. Drive execution of buyer business plans and technical cost reduction ideas. Lead resolution of supplier operations issues. Define team members roles and responsibilities and manage to maximize performance. Develop & lead high performing team that can perform under ongoing pressure.


  • Expert on Connection Systems including commodity knowledge and supply base
  • Work cross functionally to execute commodity strategy
  • Drive execution of Business over time and supplier footprint optimization
  • Manage global sourcing pipeline
  • Ensure capacity planning for all parts & getting confirmation from suppliers on time
  • Drive enterprise focused cost improvement utilizing strategies such as: localization, point of purchase optimization, benchmarking, cost modeling and price/cost negotiations with the supply base. Link and leverages new business with existing business and supply base.
  • Lead resolution of operational issues from a commercial perspective
  • Support solving supplier operational issues
  • Identifies cost savings opportunities
  • Read across all carlines for like components
  • Work with Commodity/Core Engineering/BU
  • Work with PPM (Purchasing Program Manager)
  • PPM will report out in GPMS Gate Reviews (report accordingly by specific carline)

  • Initiates and attends supplier meetings with Commodity team as required
  • Supports VAVE activities (Value Management)
  • Supports Purchasing Program Management cost improvement activities on BoM
  • Maintains Metrics for each BU/carline
  • Tracks negative DP components (compared to pricing in ASL)
  • BoM Profit Tracker within BI tool

  • Make vs. Buy analysis as required working with cross functional teams to help increase Yazaki content on wire harnesses
  • Supports/leads special projects as required
  • Overall compliance according to all assigned Roles and Responsibilities in line with current Purchasing standards and Procedures
  • Develops & approves yearly objectives of employees
  • Develops, manages and performs any other tasks as required


Degree Requirements:

Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent work experience

Previous Experience:

Required: Previous Purchasing experience in a supervisory capacity; minimum of (5) years of experience

Travel Requirements:

North America, South America, Europe and Asia (Up to 25%)


Primary English. Spanish/Japanese encouraged.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. SAP is preferred.

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.

Keywords: Yazaki North America, Inc., Canton , Commodity Manager, Other , Canton, Michigan

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