Materials Buyer

Position Core Role:

The role will serve to source, quote and award packaging companies to sell product to our department, Honda North American Overseas Office (NA IOO), in order to use for packaging and shipping to multiple export destinations. The position requires someone with experience and ability to control materials purchase, in this case for export packaging.

Essential Function and Responsibilities:

* To correlate with NA IOO, delegated warehouse(s) and OEM suppliers on packaging material needs.

* Create annual budget and monthly spend on necessary packaging.

* Update budget status and report, as needed to NAIOO management.

* Ability to work within Honda's purchasing governance process to maintain fair and best practice to select awarded packaging companies.

* Evaluates and approves supplier packaging cost quotes with a bid analysis procedure.

* Work in conjunction with export packaging representatives on multiple packaging projects.

Daily Tasks:

* Planning and source of packaging for new model/new project packaging with key stakeholders at Honda, warehouses and OEM suppliers.

* Budget maintenance - monthly, quarterly and annually adjusting and reporting on business need impact. This member will utilize multiple styles of forecast information to make adjustments as needed. (Production changes, new parts added, ad hoc projects, etc.)

* Work with NA IOO budget group to make and maintain purchase orders, to review and pay invoices, and to receive signed receipt and any other pertinent information used to validate products or services were received.

* Work with each warehouse and assigned liaisons on packaging material control. Cycle counts are to be frequently performed, used for needed adjustments and reported on a frequent basis.

* Work with North American Indirect Purchasing to acquire purchasing training, systems used and governance processes in place.

* Work with each packaging material or service provider to assure timely deliveries. Set targets for material release timing, best warehouse utilization and adjust as needed.

* Utilize purchasing software for materials purchasing: SAP or other. (Honda can train in this but experience would be a benefit.)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Experience in product purchasing. Similar or relevant experience, does not have to be in packaging.

* Strong financial skills. Ability to forecast future product needs, current changes and to adjust quickly and accurately.

* Strong Excel skills required. Ability to create formulas and possibly macros.

* Ability to create a packaging materials database. Complete with product coding, identify if currently active material or obsolete, current cost and delivery agreements (minimum purchase etc.).

* Communication Skills: Must be able to correlate with management, a multi member packaging team and outside services.

Required Experience:

* 0-4 Years of experience (based on education) in the following area:

* Purchasing of product: Sourcing and selection, ability to forecast and adjust to multiple changes.

* Co-op or internship experience is preferred.

Education Requirements:

Associates or Bachelor's degree in an applicable subject (e.g., Business, Logistics, etc.) or equivalent related experience

Honda Factors:

* Production purchasing

* Expertise with Microsoft Office (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

* Basic understanding of the Honda supply chain.

* Project management and liaison experience.

* Ability to travel to domestic or international destinations as required by the demands of the job ( 1 - 5 days domestic)