Indirect Procurement Buyer / Contract Manager

Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Indirect Procurement Buyer/Contract Manager 1

Procurement Management

Professional Staff 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:


  • Negotiate and lead service contract negotiations, work with legal, and support ongoing commercial issues
  • Indirect Parts sourcing activity (strategy, analysis, negotiation; target and schedule achievement)
  • Indirect Parts cost reduction activity (strategy, analysis, negotiation; target and schedule achievement)
  • Daily activity and support for supplier quality, delivery, development, AP/AR, service parts
  • Ability to lead third party contract sourcing and develop contracts to mitigate cost and risk
  • Works closely with suppliers and departments to resolve issues critical to the supply chain
  • Ability to receive and analyze information (cost evaluations, commercial issues, risk mitigation, strategic sourcing)
  • Report and gain approval for activities to upper management (Sourcing, Contracts, Cost Reduction, Projects)
  • Continuous development of skills, performance, and workmanship
  • Support upper management as needed (special assignments)


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Minimum of 2-year degree in Procurement, Supply-Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business, or related field of study
  • 1-3 years previous purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Access)
  • High level of self-motivation, problem solving ability, and reporting skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work overtime and travel when necessary to meet the goals and targets of the department
  • Well organized individual with the ability to remain flexible


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Minimum of 4-year degree in Procurement, Supply-Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business, or related field of study
  • Previous knowledge managing or working with supplier contracts
  • Basic knowledge of SAP, SAP S4/HANA, and or Ariba procurement software
  • Familiarity with Japanese culture and open office environment
  • Ability to work and communicate with other departments within the company (Legal, Environmental, Engineering, Maintenance, Production)


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

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette