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Sr. Buyer – Seneca Battery

Seneca - South Carolina - USA

Oct 10, 2023

Full time


Position Summary

The incumbent should have strong strategic planning skills, excellent communication and negotiation capability and a solid analytical ability.  The candidate will be able to provide direction and focus to ongoing productivity improvements and contribute positively to the bottom line of BorgWarner.  The individual will have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and allocate resources to deliver high impact results.  The candidate shall foster a strong performance and work ethic within the organization, his/her peers, and fellow associates.

The individual will be seen as the expert for assigned commodities and play a key role in developing strategies that support the plant and BorgWarner globally.  The candidate will provide commodity industry insight and advise and lead the strategic direction to drive competitive advantage for BorgWarner.                                               

Key Roles & Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the ability to be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Standard Duties : 

  • Lead supplier negotiations, sourcing and managing supplier performance for assigned products and services with little to no management assistance.
  • Working with Global Commodity Managers, develop and execute commodity strategies at local level. 
  • Investigate and develop global sourcing opportunities whenever possible to consolidate and leverage across BorgWarner locations.
  • Grounded in a sound understanding of supply markets and deliver significant and sustainable reductions to the bottom line.
  • Lead business teams to leverage knowledge to develop global strategies across multiple facilities
  • Develop and implement long and short-range plans and objectives to ensure cost-effective and efficient management of plant requirements.
  • Work with global BorgWarner team to coordinate Sourcing for new production launches by establishing and leading cross-functional supplier teams.
  • Implement continuous improvement programs with suppliers that result in cost reductions
  • Develop long-term partnerships with world-class suppliers.
  • Introduce the organization to new technical developments in materials and components, which will help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • Work with other BW plants to benchmark suppliers and purchasing best practices.
  • Perform job functions in accordance with applicable quality, environmental, and safety policies and procedures.
  • Monitor industry trends and dynamics and communicate to business on periodic basis.
  • Responsible for all commercial discussions with the supplier
  • Accurately maintain supplier Purchase Orders and Schedule Agreements.
  • Maintain monthly/ quarterly commodity adjustments for the supply base and accurately reflect same in plant forecast.
  • Accurately maintain monthly cost reduction forecasts.                                 

Additional Information:

  • Travel is occasionally required, up to 5% of the time.

Safety and Physical Requirements:

  • All employees are responsible for knowing, understanding and complying with the safety policies and procedures.
  • Wear PPE when appropriate in designated campus areas.
  • Lifting shoulder high up to 35 lbs. on occasion.

Key Competencies

Conflict Management Initiative Decision Quality Interpersonal Savvy Drive for Results

Education & Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Business Management preferred or in a related field required
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (C.P.S.M) certificate preferred
  • 8+ years’ experience in related field required
  • 5+ years’ of supplier negotiations in automotive direct material purchasing area for sourcing engineered components required
  • 2+ years’ of Forging/machining purchasing experience required Automotive knowledge and experience strongly preferred


EEO Statement

“BorgWarner is an equal employment opportunity employer such that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.”



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