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Plant Buyer

United States
Work Location:
North Carolina
31 Dec 2020
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

Manage and monitor supplier QCD issues in a plant or a group of plants in line with the Division Purchasing Policy. Manage new program launches in the plant(s).


Key Responsibilities

Work location: Newton, NC

  • This position is subject to the Employee Referral Program

Interested candidates should send resume and salary requirements with cover letter including reference code job number to (no phone calls please): P. Pendleton, GKN Driveline Newton, LLC; 1848 GKN Way, Newton, NC  28658.


Suppliers QCD performance – Direct and/or Indirect Materials

  • Monitor the PPM and MPM budget targets for assigned suppliers and commodities. For any quality or delivery issue, ensure that appropriate action plans are implemented in the plant by the SQA or Supply Chain team. Charge the suppliers for all justified costs related to non-quality or missed delivery costs generated and ensure full and timely payment.
  • Manage the purchasing budget performance follow-up in the plants and run, in coordination with the Regional Commodity Buyers, all necessary sourcing and action plans to ensure budget achievement (negotiation, re-sourcing, VA/VE., etc.).
  • Apply Region/Division/Group policy & contracts, and negotiate specific local requirements for their implementation.
  • Manage contracts with assigned local suppliers per Company policies.

    Approved Vendor List (AVL) and Productivity

  • Monitor compliance to the AVL, and propose and contribute to AVL sizing adjustment, as needed.
  • Initiate sourcing activities in the plant and support productivity actions implementation.
  • Work closely with the Division & Regional Purchasing leadership for best practices deployment and breakthrough actions implementation.


  • Participate in new business acquisition activities for the plants as required and assigned by local Management.
  • Order PPAP and production parts, as required and assigned by local Management.


  • Ensure that all necessary supplier and part information are correctly registered in the plant ERP and other relevant systems.
  • Ensure proper ordering, invoicing control, cost control and reporting for assigned suppliers and commodities in direct and/or indirect materials.
  • Prioritise local resolution of issues but escalate to Regional Commodity Purchasing when needed.

    Reporting and System:

  • Ensure transparency, accuracy and consistency of data in the purchasing information systems.
  • Ensure the PAP system is kept updated on a weekly basis for all the assigned plants.
  • Work closely with Plant Controller’s and Purchasing Manager to report purchasing performance.

Manage accurate and on time monthly reporting by the plants according to the Division’s processes and tools


Responsible for communicating when there is an issue affecting the Environment, Health, Safety or Quality to his / her respective Manager

  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance, or Engineering. Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for the degree requirement.
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a Plant or Commodity Buyer in an industrial environment, preferably in an international Automotive company.
  • Proven ability successfully working across functional areas.
  • Possess strong interpersonal, organization, negotiation and communication skills.

About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.