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Purchasing Manager

Link Engineering Company (LINK) is a premier designer and manufacturer of customized, precision test systems, and a provider of comprehensive vehicle and laboratory test services for the global transportation industry.  Established in Detroit, Michigan (US) in 1935, LINK now operates facilities around the world, supporting its global customer base, and specializes in the areas of brake, transmission, driveline, steering, wheel, hub, tire, bearing, and electric motor applications.

Established in 1935, we have been a family-owned company for generations, we treat our customers and employees as if they are part of our family. We set our employees up for success, as they are given constant opportunities to learn and develop new skills. As many of our team members have been with LINK for a generation or more, the LINK team is equipped with a wealth of knowledge, providing decades of hands-on experience and out-of-the box thinking to OEM’s and suppliers everywhere.

Primary Function:  Responsible for managing sourcing and procurement of goods and services in support of Link manufacturing and testing facilities.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop, lead, and execute purchasing strategy for the company
  • Develop, track, and report on functional metrics for diversity, cost-effectiveness, and expense reduction
  • Manage and develop purchasing department processes
  • Perform cost analyses and identify potential supply opportunities and concerns through benchmarking, forecasting, and research
  • Evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history
  • Develop supplier partnerships to create win-win relationships while improving LINK competitiveness for cost, quality, and delivery. 
  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices
  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services
  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes
  • Interface with project managers and work to maintain product gross margins relative to targeted profit goals and for the purpose of purchase order administration.
  • Promote the most effective use of company funds in the acquisition of assigned items at the most favorable price consistent with quality, quantity, and specification requirements
  • Interface with suppliers on commercial aspects of quality and delivery issues.
  • Lead procurement activities per ERP directed buy-list and follow up with suppliers to ensure timely delivery of product in support of full kit.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Business or Engineering
  • 7 years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience purchasing for custom-build environment
  • Prior management experience
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills
  • Strong understanding of MS Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with ERP software (Epicor preferred)

Relocation services are not provided.

Link is an Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/Minority/Women/Veterans. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Link is an E-Verify employer. E-Verify is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employees to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees in the United States.

Accessibility for Applicants with Disabilities: If you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability please call 1-734-453-0800. Please provide your contact information and details about the posted position of interest. Only inquiries regarding assistance for those who need an accommodation with the online application process due to a disability will be returned.

Note to all Agencies / Direct Placement: LINK has a team of dedicated recruiters who are responsible for all hiring needs. Our practice is to partner and work with our approved vendors only and on an as needed basis. LINK has identified and finalized our list of preferred vendors and the review process has been closed. We do not accept resumes from recruiting agencies that are not a preferred vendor, have not been authorized or approved by Corporate Recruiting to partner on a position and have not signed LINK’s vendor agreement. Any resumes submitted from unapproved vendors will be considered unsolicited, and LINK will not be obligated to pay a referral fee.


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