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Mercury Marine - Category Buyer Direct

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It is our people behind lifeu2019s passions who will make the big difference. If you are interested in becoming part of a company that delivers market leading products, driving your own career and working with brands committed to active lifestyles, then youu2019ve found your fit. Have what it takes? Join us. Position Summary The Category Buyer is a critical individual contributor role in Mercuryu2019s direct material procurement organization. Reporting to the Category Manager, the Buyer supports Mercuryu2019s global manufacturing operations and product development programs by driving continuous improvements in supplier performance, cost competitiveness, quality, delivery, and innovation. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Execute procurement activities for product development programs as part of cross functional team to:Develop and execute component sourcing and development plans that meet functional, manufacturability, and cost targetsLead the request for quotation/proposal processVisit supplier manufacturing facilities to conduct audits, verify capabilities, and build relationshipsNegotiate best total cost for MercuryIssue component and tooling purchase ordersManage component timelines and budgets to ensure program deliverables are achievedFacilitate cross functional and supplier team meetings, managing action itemsSupport Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) actions led by the Mercury Supplier Quality EngineerSupport root cause and corrective action efforts throughout the development cycle Lead current production procurement activities for assigned suppliers:Drive continuous improvement in supplier performance for cost, quality, and delivery to ensure Mercury operations are successfully supported and service levels improve year-over-yearNegotiate with current and potential suppliers to achieve lowest total cost solutionsManage production purchase order pricing, including scheduled reviews and updates based on pricing agreements; resolve invoicing/payment issues as needed; monitor critical input costs for assigned categories, such as currency exchange rates and raw materialsProactively identify and execute cost reduction projects; effectively challenge and respond to supplier price increase requestsSupport actions led by the Mercury Supply Chain Analyst or Supplier Quality Engineer to resolve supplier delivery or quality problemsSupport supplier-driven and Mercury-driven change processes Contribute and drive continuous improvement activities for Mercury internal processes and systems Basic Qualifications BS/BA in Engineering, Operations Management, Supply Chain or similar field 5 years of experience in sourcing, procurement, or supplier management roles Excellent negotiating and cost management skills; adept at managing conflict and handling difficult situations Excellent data analysis abilities and software skills, including Microsoft Excel, Power BI; proficient with Word, PowerPoint, Project Proficient with engineering prints and specifications, APQP, and PPAP processes Excellent time management and organization skills, able to comfortably manage multiple ongoing projects, prioritize and adapt in response to changing business needs Positive attitude, ethics, and international values to promote a healthy, diverse, high performance culture Occasional day and/or overnight travel, up to 20%, domestic and international Preferred Qualifications Expertise in raw materials, manufacturing processes, and supply base for engine components and/or marine propulsion system components Experience in original equipment manufacturer setting with comparable scale and requirements to Mercury C.P.M. and/or CPIM certifications Lean and Six Sigma certification and application experience We are the people behind lifeu2019s passions. Brunswick does not accept applications, inquiries or solicitations from unapproved staffing agencies or vendors.

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