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Buyer - Direct Material

Do you want to lead the change?

At Volvo Cars, we are always looking for world-class leaders who bring out the best in our people. If you want to be part of leading and inspiring our mission to change the automotive experience and make people’s lives less complicated, then we have the job for you.


Job Summary:   

The Buyer for Direct Material is responsible for the purchase of material for advanced projects, new projects and running production for VCC’s factory in Charleston, SC. This position will have the responsibility to buy all localized parts as well as to challenge existing part/tooling setup for imported material.


Key deliverables include driving the right supplier quality, cost and timing for new vehicle programs, cost efficiency, managing supply base, risk management and commodity strategies etc. We work closely with Europe and China Purchasing, R&D, manufacturing, quality and other stakeholders. The purchasing department work is conducted in one global process and governance.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Map, evaluate and establish US supply base regarding relevant commodities in wave 1, 2 & 3 for localization in close cooperation with Europe and China organizations through Global councils.
  • Set up agreements and source for local content.
  • Drive localization business case investigations and execution
  • Lead negotiations at an optimal cost level
  • Main contact for all commercial issues towards the suppliers
  • Issue RFQ, Issue Purchase Order and Issue running changes
  • Act on design changes within the projects.
  • Participate in the global commodity council, discussing strategy and projects to align with the Global Purchasing Team
  • Establish understanding of the VCC sourcing process and IT systems


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field or equivalent experience.
  • Computer skills (MS Office and especially Excel)
  • Knowledge of the automotive industry and related systems and processes.



  • Strong negotiation skills and continuously look for commercial opportunities.
  • Understand the purchasing elements and optimize the business in the best interest for the company.
  • Good cooperation and communication skills to create challenge with respect both, internally and externally
  • Structured way of thinking with an ability to handle many issues/projects in parallel.
  • Positive mindset.
  • Ability to independent drive and complete tasks
  • Strategic understanding and thinking
  • Analytical skills, Results-oriented.
  • Honest person with integrity


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice


Who are we?

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future.

Since 1927, we have been a brand known for our commitment to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers. In 2010, we decided to transform our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technologies, as well as steady growth and record sales. Today, we’re expanding our global footprint in Europe, China and the US, and we’re on the lookout for new talent.

We are constantly pushing our own skills and abilities to drive change in the automobile industry like never before. We are looking for innovative, committed people to join us in this endeavour and create safe, sustainable and connected cars. We believe in the power of people and will challenge and support you to reach your full potential. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ journey into the future.

Charleston, SC, US

Job requisition ID:  19834

Nearest Major Market: Charleston South Carolina
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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