Lead Buyer Silicones

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Date: Mar 10, 2023

Location: Alken, BE Novy Bydzov, CZ Jasper, US Hattersheim, DE Viadanica, IT Schattdorf, CH Cleebronn, DE Hallbergmoos, DE Montgomery, TX, US Karlsbad-Ittersbach, DE Montegaldella, IT Pregnana Milanese, IT Decin, CZ North Canton, OH, US Twinsburg, OH, US Altdorf, CH

Company: Datwyler

In billions of syringes and in every second car worldwide, Datwyler components make an important contribution to the safety of patients and drivers. The high-tech company focuses on high-quality, system-critical elastomer components and holds leading positions in attractive global markets such as healthcare, mobility, connectivity, general industry and food & beverage. With over 25 production sites on four continents, sales in more than 100 countries and over 8,000 employees, the company, headquartered in Switzerland, generates annual sales of more than CHF 1,000 million.

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Job Summary

The Lead Buyer Silicones has to manage a spend of about 80 MM CHF of different types of silicones used at multiple Datwyler sites in China, Europe and the Americas. The raw materials are a key ingredient for various products Datwyler is producing within among other their Connectors and Mobility segments.

Main target of this function is to see to it that short and long term availability of the materials in scope is guaranteed at best economical conditions.

In this role there will be many external and internal contacts with various departments (Quality, R&D, Supply Chain, Operations, Sales).

This function reports to the Vice President Procurement. A regular alignment with relevant Business Unit Heads and Site Directors is part of the job.

Function holder will be onsite at least 3 days a week at a Datwyler site.

Frequent travelling is part of the job.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Source to Contract and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM):
    • pre-acquisition (specification, vendor list, develop sourcing strategy)
    • risk assessment and risk mitigation
    • RFI, RFQ, evaluation of quotations and negotiation
    • Vendor Selection and contracting (incl. Price and Contract negotiation)
    • post-acquisition (vendor management, contract management, performance management, vendor rating, support auditing)
  • Prime contact with supplier
  • Co-ordinate activities with local purchasing departments.
  • Work out and execute a purchasing strategy that ensures long term availability (sustainable supply and reducing dependencies). Align about 
  • Launch Cost Savings ideas/projects
  • Follow up market trends and timely identification of opportunities & threats.
  • Problem solving in case of incidents created by Suppliers (including reporting of financial claims if needed)
  • Report about price development and market dynamics towards internal stakeholders.


Expected Areas of Competence

  • Excellent commercial feeling and commercial skills
  • Very good interpersonal, oral, writing and presentation skills, as well as analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Forward thinking, self-directed, capable of taking independent actions, and ability to make decisions that drive business performance.


Education/Experience Requirements

  • Master degree in Economics  or  Engineering  (or at equal level through experience)
  • Excellent knowledge of English both orally and in writing. Knowledge of any additional language is a plus.
  • Proven experience in supplier management is  required.
  • Knowledge of the silicon market is a plus.

Be yourself at Datwyler

We are convinced that people make the difference. At Datwyler, you will experience diversity and a wide range of career opportunities that only an international company can provide. Together, we are increasing our agility, accelerating digitalization and fostering sustainability. For motivated and talented employees, we offer interesting development opportunities with training and assignments in a global environment. With us, you can contribute with all of your creativity and all your ideas.