Strategic Buyer

Date: Sep 23, 2021

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Procurement Buyer, Cost Analyst

Procurement Department

Direct Hire salaried role with Premium-Free benefits


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:


  • Responsible to manage 10-15 supplier accounts with an average annual spend of $120 Million.
  • Achieve company sourcing targets.
  • Gain industry knowledge of commodity group and automotive industry trends.
  • Create long-term sourcing strategy for commodity groups.
  • Facilitate new supplier vetting (including on-site and financial audits).
  • Execute sourcing strategies through the sourcing decision-making process.
  • Report and gain final approval up to Executive level Management.
  • Achieve company cost reduction targets.
  • Cost-structure and supply-chain analysis
  • Supplier production process evaluation and improvement activities.
  • Supplier negotiation
  • Initiate VA/VE activity through collaboration with Design Engineers.
  • Tactical support for supplier quality, delivery, development, AP/AR, and service parts.
  • Other account maintenance activity (including engineering change cost analysis and approval, and other contract activity).


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s in Procurement, Supply-Chain, Manufacturing, Business, Engineering, Finance, or related field of study.
  • High degree of self-motivation
  • High degree of ownership
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, and reporting skills.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Excel


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Automotive industry experience and parts cost-structure knowledge (base materials, processes, logistics, etc.).
  • Good understanding of Purchasing and product development processes.
  • Production process background/knowledge.



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


Nearest Major Market: Lafayette