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Date: Jul 5, 2019

Location: Schattdorf, CH

Company: Datwyler

The Sealing Solutions division is a leading supplier of custom sealing solutions to global industry segments, such as the health care, automotive, consumer goods, oil and gas, general industries, as well as civil engineering. We are always looking for talented, highly qualified employees at all levels of our organization. Datwyler offers the opportunity to join exciting industries and to be part of a highly esteemed brand. From production staff to client advisors, from technology experts to design engineers, from China to Mexico: at Datwyler, our employees will experience diversity in a way that only an international company can provide. We focus on helping talents reach their full potential – professionally and personally. Our working environment is shaped by our values and beliefs: we are entrepreneurs, we bring value to our customers, we excel in what we do and we have respect for others. With more than 20 global operating sites and more than 7,000 employees, Datwyler Sealing Solutions generates an annual revenue of approximately CHF 900 million.


Based on a strategic decision, we are looking for a…

Lead Buyer


Job summary:

The Lead Buyer has to manage a spend of about 30 MM CHF of parts used at different Datwyler Sealing Solutions (DSS) manufacturing sites.

Materials in scope are mainly metal parts (stamping/turning) that are bonded with rubber. The components DSS offers to their customers are used for brake systems and fuel & powertrain systems.

Parts are used at our manufacturing sites in Czech Republic, Switzerland, China, South-Korea, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

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 economic conditions. Hereto the Lead Buyer shall establish a competitive supplier base, meeting quality requirements, in all relevant geographical regions across the globe.


Your tasks:


  • Main contact with suppliers for relevant Datwyler Sealing Solutions sites.
  • Contract negotiation (Source to Contract) and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
  • Work out a purchasing strategy that ensures long term availability. Establish a reliable global supplier base and manage risks (e.g. through qualification of second sources).
  • Coordination with and support of local procurement departments in other regions
  • Share knowledge and exchange best practices.
  • Launch Cost Savings ideas/projects
  • Follow up market trends (a. o. steel and plastic prices), regular reporting about price evolution, savings and developments.
  • Budgeting of prices and forecasting of volumes based on projected sales numbers, also in consultation with Key Account Managers
  • Negotiate Tool Loan contracts with Suppliers for new projects



Your profile:


  • Technical background with knowledge of turned and stamped metal parts.
  • Excellent commercial feeling and commercial skills
  • Very good interpersonal, oral, writing and presentation skills, as well as analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to partner with Engineering, Quality, R&D, supply chain and operations in order to promote the value of the procurement organization
  • Forward thinking, self-directed, capable of taking independent actions, and ability to make decisions that drive business performance
  • Knowledge of ISO TS 16949 and/or experience within the Automotive market is a plus
  • Very good communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of English both orally and in writing. Knowledge of German is a plus



Are you interested? We are looking forward to receiving your online application through the "Apply now" button on our career site:


In case of any further questions do not hesitate to contact Marko Colic (Manager Human Resources) and our recruiting team by email (marko.colic[at] or by phone +41 41 875 1350.


We Offer a Diverse and Global Working Environment
As a globally operating company, Datwyler offers a broad spectrum of job profiles and career oppor­tunities. We offer ambitious individuals who approach their task with dedication and enthusiasm the right environment to excel and grow. This gives every employee the opportunity to influence the way we work. At Datwyler, we enable our employees to bring their talent to a global context and grow it steadily over time. Our employees are therefore at the very heart of Datwyler – we interact with respect, trust and loyalty. Mutual consideration and appreciation are key.