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Ford Motor Company Category Implementation - Shock Components in Topeka, Kansas

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation. It takes outstanding people from every background imaginable to make our ambitious plans for the future a tangible reality.

The Category Implementation role is responsible for the strategic sourcing, business development and supply continuity that are critical to achieving the Ford+ plan of improving bottom-line automotive operations and securing Ford Motor Company's place in the ever-changing automotive landscape of tomorrow. Category Implementation team members interface with internal and external stakeholders alike to ensure that the right supply partner is chosen to deliver the best product, on the right vehicle, at the right price with outstanding quality and on-time performance.

Strategic Sourcing & Negotiation:

Understand upcoming program sourcing and key milestone in support of launch

Learn product attributes, cost targets, marketing expectations and footprint requirements to develop a comprehensive bid-list

Align with strategic Category Manager on bid-list to align with industry trends, technologies and strategic supplier analysis

Conduct appropriate sourcing activities that deliver a quality part at the best material cost to Ford Motor Company

Effective storytelling and presentation to executive leadership that lays out the “Why” behind a particular sourcing decision

Provide feedback to valued supply partners on cost position relative to market to build effective long-term, productive relationships.

Business Plan Development:

Work with the strategic Category Manager and Product Development to understand latest supply base footprint, financial health ratings, technologies and trends

Work directly with Supply Chain and the Finance organization to develop a holistic year-over-year commodity cost position

Understand and set cost savings goals to achieve on an annual basis by identifying pure commercial leverage versus design efficiencies and end-to-end supply chain improvements

Develop material cost roadmaps that deliver corporate objectives and ensure long-term viability

Project supply base spend trends and develop a 3-year,5-year and 10-year outlook for the commodity supply base.

Effective storytelling and presentation to executive leadership that lays out the “Why” behind a particular commercial settlement and outlook

Supply Continuity and Support

Provide direct support to Supplier Quality and Material, Planning & Logistics where part quality and shortages become prevalent

Work with engineering to identify alternative technologies or sources of supply to maintain a consistent flow of product into Ford production facilities

Close all commercial issues in a timely, effective and competitive manner so as to not risk plant build objectives.

Other Responsibilities:

Ad hoc travel a required to supply partners

Be a leader- look at all existing processes and challenge if improvements could be made, regardless of scale

Complete all systems training required to complete day-to-day operations of Category Implementation role

Attend internal and external workshops with key stakeholders for continued process improvements

Hold effective working-level meetings with Supply partners for fast issue closure and relationship development

  • Propensity to communicate clearly and solve open issues in a timely manner. Creativity, energy and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

  • Direct automotive production purchasing / supply chain experience preferred.

  • Extremely high energy with a relentless pursuit of learning and development to drive commodity expertise.

  • Persuasive and convincing communication skills (e.g., proposals, reports, plans) to secure commitment from business leaders.

  • Ability to develop and successfully execute negotiations strategy.

  • High degree of trust and maintain strong relationships with Skill Team / regional leadership.

  • Strong data & analytics understanding (e.g., complex TCO modeling, presentation storyboarding skills, bluescape, data analytics).

  • Ability to interpret organization needs and commercial strategies as input into global Category Strategies.

  • Strong knowledge across the sourcing process.

What you’ll receive in return:

As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we’d love to have you join us.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit:

2023 Ford New Hire Benefits Summary (https://clicktime.symantec.com/15uBY36ABC6KmHJEgfomw?h=Lt97wvqCSwocFeQcLkUeTnQg5VoR-VFKTgLytvxH9RM=&u=https://fordcareers.co/GSRnon-HTHD)

At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination has been proven to play a critical role in combatting COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption.

Requisition ID : 7657