Tenneco Inc.

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Program Buyer

at Tenneco Inc.

Posted: 5/25/2018
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 179477
Keywords: purchasing

Job Description

The Purchasing Program Buyer is responsible for providing business unit support, including requests for quotation, new product launch development, leading early supplier involvement, value analysis/value engineering, and leading supplier launch coordination with local manufacturing sites in alignment with global purchasing commodity teams.


  • Coordinate supplier new product introductions in support of customer product launches. Provide active representation on the project teams until SOP + 90 days.
  • Provide supply material pricing cost summaries to respective product launch teams.
  • Utilize supplier selection in alignment with global purchasing commodity strategies and new product performance requirements.
  • Coordinate early supplier involvement with product and manufacturing teams. Drive value analysis/value engineering activity during launch phase. Report ESI savings and cost avoidance in TVM database.
  • Support respective project prototype purchasing requirements.
  • Negotiate technical and/or supply agreements with suppliers involved in "early supplier involvement" to ensure that Tenneco design and developed technology is protected.
  • Support improvement of supplier launch procedures to minimize inventory obsolescence and support lean manufacturing needs in alignment with operational expectations.
  • Liaison to business units, as required.


Required Skills

Required Experience

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. Degree in a related Business or Technical discipline. Technical education is preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years' in Program Purchasing, Automotive Industry
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management or related work environment or demonstrated ability and skills to support new product launches


Required Skills:

  • Strong leadership skills and team player with demonstrated ability to work effectively on cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written across various levels. Fluent in Spanish, plus
  • Strong and demonstrated computer skills (Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Project, Excel, etc.) and knowledgeable of ERP systems (SAP desired).
  • Functional understanding of Six Sigma, Lean, Continuous Improvement, BOMs, ERP, TS16949 and related AIAG practices and standards.
  • Ability to interpret and communicate engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to travel, including internationally, as required. Previous international business experience desired (LCC preferred).
  • Motivated, self starter who is familiar with a range of materials and manufacturing processes; e.g., steel, stamping, forging, machining, casting, cold heading, rubber and plastic.
  • Prefer process exposure in high speed manufacturing (in general) with specific lean towards high speed stamping.
  • Demonstrated ability and skills to support new product launch process (i.e. APQP, project planning, NPIS or equivalent).
  • Proven ability to negotiate with suppliers, engineers, managers, and related; have ability to make reasonable decisions quickly; be a team player to get best economics and quality as an end target.