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Kongsberg Automotive provides world-class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of approx. EUR 1.1 billion and approximately 11.500 employees in 19 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland and has more than 25 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Category Buyer


Novi, US, MI 48377

Country/Region:  US

About the position

Kongsberg Automotive (KA) is seeking an experienced Category Buyer. Based at the KA office in Novi, MI, this position will be instrumental in achieving significant cost reductions in line with budget targets, while improving product quality and supplier service levels within the Metals category.


  • Map future needs and leverage company spend to maximize benefits
  • Develop and propose a Category Strategy for assigned (sub-)category within the Americas region 
  • Establish a base of preferred suppliers, and ensure that suppliers from low cost regions are identified where possible
  • Provide superior Supplier relationship management 
  • Prepare and submit RFQs (based on input from Project Buyers related to New Product Introduction Projects)
  • Lead supplier negotiations and select suppliers in accordance with defined process and strategy
  • Monitor adherence to commercial agreements, performance and capacity of suppliers
  • Manage tooling cost improvements, orders and registration processes
  • Implement sourcing strategies for the assigned categories 
  • Establish good contracting and acceptance practices 
  • Perform Purchase Price Variance (PPV) / Non PPV reporting for area of responsibility
  • Updating ERP system with monthly / quarterly price changes
  • Manage the Supplier Feasibility Evaluation


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering and/or Business Management 

  • Successful, multi-year (5+ years) track record in Purchasing

  • Strong negotiation skills 

  • Good problem-solving and analytical skills 

  • SAP experience preferred

  • Production technology understanding, preferably in automotive  

  • Passion for reducing cost

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; English required, but additional languages are a bonus

Application / Contact

If this description sounds interesting and like the right challenge for you, we look forward to receiving your application.

Kongsberg Automotive considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classifications protected by law.

We want your integrity, accountability, creativity and teamwork mindset and skills

In Kongsberg Automotive we embrace diversity within our workforce. We make recruiting decisions based on experience and skills and pride ourselves on having a strong culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness.

We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds, providing a limitless pool of ideas and opportunities, who will incorporate our core values within their work. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles and offer an unlimited contract within a dynamic and international environment with prospects for personal growth.

Welcome to an outstanding career in Kongsberg Automotive!

Application Id:  1786
Posting date::  Nov 25, 2021