Buyer/Cost Analyst - Procurement

Date: Nov 13, 2023

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru


Buyer/Cost Analyst 



Company Overview: 


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. or “SIA”, located in Lafayette, Indiana, is the only Subaru vehicle manufacturing facility outside of Japan. SIA is a 4.4 million square foot automotive OEM – meaning our manufacturing process begins with coils of steel and ends with the high-quality vehicles you see out on the roads. We employ 6500+ Associates, both production and administrative, all under one roof.

SIA is the safest automotive manufacturing plant in the United States and is also a pillar in the community due to its numerous fundraising activities held onsite, donations to local charities and plentiful volunteer opportunities. SIA is a frontrunner in environmental conservation being the first Zero-Landfill automotive manufacturing plant and the first to have its campus designated a backyard wildlife habitat. SIA has grown tremendously since its 1989 beginnings and continues to be an example of success within the automotive industry.


Outline of Duties:


This position is responsible for finding the most accurate cost to develop negotiation strategy, use effective negotiation strategy to influence a party to adjust their position based on the analysis to align with accurate costs and mutually beneficial interests. Responsible for supplier accounts with an average annual spend of $120 million

    1. Leads in achieving company sourcing targets
      • Gains industry knowledge of commodity group and automotive industry trends
      • Creates long-term sourcing strategy for commodity group
      • Facilitates new supplier vetting (including on-site and financial audits)
      • Executes sourcing strategies through the sourcing decision making process
      • Reports and gains final approval up to executive level management
    2. Leads company cost reduction activity
      • Cost structure and supply-chain analysis
      • Supplier production process evaluation and improvement activity
      • Supplier negotiation
      • Initiates VA/VE activity through collaboration with design & quality engineers
      • Contract management activity
      • Engineering change cost analysis and approval contract activity
    3. Tactical support for supplier quality, delivery, development, packaging, AP/AR, and service parts

All other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Business, Engineering, Finance, or a related field of study


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years relevant experience in Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Business, Engineering, Finance, or a related field of study
  • Understanding of Purchasing and product development process
  • Production process background/knowledge




Moderate travel may be required mainly for Supplier visits, business collaboration, and training purposes.


Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette