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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

We are looking for a top-level sourcing professional to our highly skilled, dynamic, and global MEC Category Team. Your contribution will have significant impact to Kongsberg Automotive’ s bottom line result. As a Category Buyer for Turned and Machine Category in Kongsberg Automotive (KA) you are strategically and globally responsible for your category, with an annual spend of around 15 MEUR. You will work closely with our local category buyers and project buyers around the globe. The position is in Novi, Michigan.


You are responsible for developing and maintaining a category strategy that fulfills KAs business needs and align them cross functionally. You are responsible for the category budget and to drive the teamwork to identify cost improvement opportunities, and secure implementation. You are responsible for sourcing of projects within the Business Unit and leveraging all new awards for cost reduction.  At times, your involvement in high-level supplier escalation will be required to ensure no impact to KA nor our customers.


Your focus is to find, implement, and manage preferred suppliers in accordance with business needs, and KA supplier requirements. You will make sure that KA has a supplier base that is capable to support KA’s growth plans in terms of innovation, footprint, cost, and capacity expansion. Negotiations will be a major part of your role as overall responsible for the commercial results and cost savings target for the Turned and Machined product category.
You will be the subject matter expert for Turned and Machined components and will provide the organization with expert market outlook knowledge and define potential impact to the business. 


Further responsibilities include:

  • Map future needs and leverage KA spend to maximize benefit for KA
  • Develop and propose Category Strategy for assigned (sub-)category and region 
  • Establish a base of preferred suppliers, and secure that suppliers from low cost regions are identified where possible.
  • Implement sourcing strategies for the categories 
  • Establish good contracting and acceptance practices 
  • Prepare and submit RFQs (based on input from Project Buyers related to NPI projects)
  • Monitor adherence to commercial agreements, performance and capacity of suppliers
  • Manage tooling cost improvements, orders and registration processes


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree

  • Minimum 5 years strategic purchasing experience in the automotive industry

  • Extensive technical knowledge and experience working with the Turned and Machined category or similar category 

  • Outgoing and committed team player with business acumen and a strong commercial drive 

  • Demonstrated skills to plan and execute high level negotiations with excellent results

  • Ability to develop strong business relationships and strategic alliances, both internally and externally

  • Demonstrated communication skills, with an ability to convince and influence stakeholders

  • Flexible and comfortable in a rapidly changing and demanding organization

Application / Contact

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

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:  1562
Posting date::  Jul 16, 2021