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Senior Buyer

Company: Tenneco
Location: Skokie
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

Tenneco is one of the world's leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

JOB TITLE: Senior Commodity Buyer


The Senior Commodity Buyer will directly support and report to the Purchasing Manager. The candidate will be expected to lead and execute commodity sourcing strategies. Proven experience with vendor management, focused on ensuring the business has a strong supply base that meets expectations on cost, delivery, quality, payment terms, and ease of engagement is required. The Senior Commodity Buyer will be expected to prepare and present information during supplier meetings, supplier negotiations, and internal stakeholder meetings. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience implementing and driving total cost savings initiatives.


  • Manage spend of about $60M USD.
  • Lead in the development of commodity strategies, sourcing activities, and project implementation.
  • Become a subject matter expert in commodities managed.
  • Implement and execute KPI's related to Savings, Contracts, Payment Terms, Quality and Inventory.
  • Work directly with the Purchasing Manager to develop a budget plan.
  • Report and track progress to budget on a monthly basis.
  • Oversee project management duties to ensure timely execution of budget related projects.
  • Prepare and send RFQ/RFIs for commodity projects and benchmarking activities.
  • Perform financial analysis of RFQ results to determine overall cost competitiveness.
  • Articulate and summarize project pitches for cross functional teams.
  • Maintain consistent communication with suppliers to build strong relationships.
  • Ensure invoice issues do not adversely affect supplier relationships.
  • Lead supplier meetings and negotiations.
  • Attend meetings as required to support or represent Purchasing Manager.

    • Bachelors Degree in Business / Supply Chain/ Engineering / Logistics

      • 4-6 years of experience in Purchasing/Procurement and/or Materials Management, preferred
      • Demonstrated background and proven experience with independently managing spend and a vednor base.
      • Excellent interpersonal and English communication skills

        An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

        Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Keywords: Tenneco, Skokie , Senior Buyer, Professions , Skokie, Illinois

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