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Head Purchasing

  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
  • Salary: €190000 - €220000 per annum + car, pension, negotiable
  • Job reference: 438203/001_1558505004
  • Sector: Category Management, DSJ Global
  • Date posted: 22/05/2019

The role:

I'm exclusively supporting a German Tier 1 Automotive supplier in Stuttgart, Germany. This is a confidential search for a Head of Purchasing. The company has 15,000+ employees globally, and well known for their unique products such as powertrain, engines, steering, suspension systems, turbocharges. The successful individual should have a proven record and impressive experience in the automotive sector. This position requires leadership skills, and ability to adapt in a competitive market by implementing innovative technology and negotiations.


  • Responsible for 8 plants globally, approx €1,2 billion spend
  • Directly in charge of 2 Sourcing Directors and 1 Global Commodity Manager
  • Reporting directly to Vice president of purchasing and CPO
  • Determine the methodology to maximize the efficiency and cost of procurement for different business units
  • Develop procurement strategies for Sourcing Directors to significantly improve global product delivery and quality while reducing supply risk
  • In charge of communicating with various stakeholders internally and attend the board of executive directors.
  • 40% travel, Europe, China, South & North America

Skills Experience Required

  • Relevant degree, mechanical engineering is preferred
  • 15-25 years of experience in Automotive industry (Procurement)
  • Experience with managing a team globally, working few years in China or North & South America is preferred
  • Proven record in procurement and negotiations with suppliers globally
  • Team management in the past (8 directly, 20 indirectly) is required
  • Fluent in English and German is an advantage

The key benefits of the role include:

  • Travel opportunities worldwide
  • Senior management development training programs
  • Market leading salary, company car, relocation package
  • Company retirement plan
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