Kongsberg Automotive provides cutting-edge technology to the global vehicle industry. We drive the global transition to sustainable mobility by putting engineering, sustainability, and innovation into practice. Headquartered in Zurich, with revenues of over EUR 830 million, the company’s 5,700 employees are spread over 18 countries worldwide. Our product portfolio includes driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products. Find more information at: kongsbergautomotive.com

Category Buyer


Novi, US, MI 48377

Country/Region:  US

Category Buyer

Kongsberg Automotive is seeking a Category Buyer.  This role will be instrumental in achieving significant cost reductions in line with budget targets, while improving product quality, and supplier service levels.  The categories supported will be injection molding, resins, and decorative components. 



  • Prepare and submit RFQs related to new projects and current business benchmarks.
  • Support 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.
  • Ensure contractual coverage with our NA supplier.
  • Perform Purchase Price Variance (PPV) / Non PPV reporting for area of responsibility.
  • Check blocked invoices, investigate reasons, and drive resolution with suppliers and internal stakeholders (finance, logistics and buyers)
  • Escalation management support – logistics shortages, quality issue, etc.
  • Updating ERP system with changes (monthly, quarterly price, ½ year or annually)
  • Manage the Supplier Feasibility Evaluation
  • Ensure Supplier data is maintained in ERP system and Vendor Portal.
  • Creating SAP tooling orders and blanket piece price purchase orders according to supplier selections
  • Support the data consolidation for management approval meetings – SBA, PIR, K-Brief, etc.
  • Understand and support the development of Category Strategies for assigned (sub-)category within the Americas region.
  • Review preferred suppliers and ensure that suppliers from low-cost regions are identified where possible. Review gaps in the criteria for preferred suppliers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain and/or Business Management
  • Experience in supply chain or purchasing (preferred)
  • Good SAP and ERP systems knowledge
  • Very good Microsoft Office Package knowledge (mainly Excel, PPT)
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Production technology understanding, preferably in automotive.
  • Passion for reducing cost.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; additional languages are a plus.

What we offer

Application / Contact

Please register your CV/resume and cover letter.

Within your application, please inform us regarding your notice period and salary expectations.

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:  2385
Posting date::  Sep 20, 2022