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BUYER IV (m/w/d)

At TE, you will unleash your potential working with people from diverse backgrounds and industries to create a safer, sustainable and more connected world. 

Job Overview

Under general supervision, responsible for carrying out broad assignments involving the sourcing of components and raw materials, requiring extensive or specialized knowledge or experience. Supports the introduction of new products with the objective of sourcing material at the right cost with the right supply chain from the start of production. Develops sources of supply where vendors and preferred suppliers are inadequate by leading the Supplier Selection Process in support of NPI. Provide team leadership and train lower level buyers.


  • Directs and coordinates activities of EMEA NPI team engaged in project execution, Advance procurement; Supply Chain planning by performing them personally or through subordinate employees
  • Develops a strong team through training, coaching, and mentoring 
  • Develop or optimize the process to improve NPI execution 
  • Works within NPI cross-functional project team playing a key part in the coordination and delivery of the New Product Development across the company.
  • Sources complex direct materials (e.g. die castings, injection moldings, metal fabrications, PCBAs) with suppliers that can meet the service, quality and cost requirements. Working closely with manufacturing site buyers throughout the sourcing process for new products.
  • Coordinates with Design Engineering to identify and negotiate cost reduction opportunities on existing and new products, ensuring early DFM feedback from suppliers.
  • Conducts cost / price analysis for all products under their jurisdiction with emphasis on high dollar and sole source procurements. Establishes negotiation strategies.
  • Maintains a positive working relationship with supplier base. Ensures that the Supplier KPI’s governing quality, delivery and NPI performance are considered before deciding to source material from vendors.
  • Ensures that all sourcing is based on negotiated competitive bids as submitted by qualified suppliers and in alignment with Should Cost targets (where available).
  • Where applicable, refer to the Company's "Schedule of Authority" in order to identify approved spending levels.

What your background should look like:

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree with 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Extensive knowledge of product line under area of procurement.
  • Experience in purchasing technical commodities requiring close interface with engineering.
  • Experience with ERP
  • Must be organized with the ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Well versed in cost / price analysis techniques.
  • Computer proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills in both English and Germany
  • Strong business acumen combined with demonstrated negotiation / influencing skills.
  • 5% - 10% travel may be required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Candidate must have or is actively securing a certification in the procurement area (i.e. C.P.M. or CPIM).
  • Must have knowledge of all product lines and associated manufacturing processes under area of responsibility.
  • Has experience of at least five (5) major procurement categories / commodities.
  • ERP Experience (SAP Preferred).


Values: Integrity, Accountability,Teamwork, Innovation

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With more than 85,000 employees, including over 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

What TE Connectivity offers:
We offer competitive total rewards compensation. Our commitment to our associates includes offering benefit programs that are comprehensive, competitive and will meet the needs of our associates.

  • Generous 401(k) Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits start on day one
  • Charity Donation Matching Program
  • Competitive Paid Time Off
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Healthcare for Associates and Families
  • Health and Wellness Incentives
  • Life Insurance and Disability Protection

Throughout our Global reach and various Business Units, we take a balanced approach to the benefits we provide. Many benefits are company-paid, while others are available through associate contribution. Specific benefit offerings can vary by location.


EOE, Including Disability/Vets



State:  HE
Country/Region:  DE
Travel:  10% to 25%
Requisition ID:  81472
Alternative Locations: 
Function:  Procurement

Job Segment: Procurement, Engineer, Developer, ERP, Purchasing, Operations, Engineering, Technology, Finance

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