Purchasing Specialist

Operations Cape Town, South Africa


Position at GVW Group, LLC

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Purchasing Specialist at Autocar?

Who are we? Autocar is the only American truck manufacturer focused on trucks for severe-duty vocational applications. But above all, Autocar is focused on our customers:  Our truck helps our customers to be more successful and to achieve their challenging objectives.

Autocar’s hundreds of customers include every national waste-hauling fleet, major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, and Charlotte, and many of the largest retailers and freight handlers in North America.

As the industry's technology and innovation leader, Autocar has forged strong partnerships with the leading suppliers in the business, including, Allison, Cummins, ArvinMeritor, Hendrickson among others, and has delivered more natural gas vehicles than all of our competitors combined. 

Autocar is the oldest motor vehicle manufacturer in the United States and built America's first truck, in 1899. A proudly American-owned company, Autocar is headquartered in Hagerstown, Indiana and is affiliated with GVW Group, based in Highland Park, Illinois.

What will you do? As a Purchasing Specialist-Chassis, you will be part of a diverse supply chain team responsible for creating and implementing a sourcing strategy for selected components within the Chassis commodity.  You will build strong relationships with both internal and external customers and assist in building a plan that focuses on obtaining competitive pricing and identifying and executing cost reduction strategies. You will drive negotiations for selected components and support the foundation of long term contracts with key suppliers, understanding the market and forecasting pricing trends and achieving financial goals. You will build relationships with all areas of the business including sales, operations and engineering. This role is 70% tactical (issuing POs, expediting parts etc.) and 30% strategic (negotiating, long term contracts etc.).


Develop and implement a commodity strategy for select components in the Chassis Commodity.

Follow strategy to source new parts at competitive prices which meet program targets.

           •Forecast and manage costs of current parts

           •Identify and execute cost reduction strategies

           •Support internal and external customer need while building lasting relationships.

Support the Chassis Commodity leader to develop contract terms that benefit Autocar’s business needs and provide a competitive advantage


 What does it take to successfully undertake this role?

Bachelor's degree

Desire to gain strategic sourcing experience and develop standing and viable relationships

Strong negotiation skills

1-5 years supply chain, purchasing or buying experience with a high volume and highly complex product

          •Experience in utilizing fact based data to drive decisions
Self-starter and quick learner who requires minimal     
           supervision and possesses good problem solving skills

What do we offer in benefits? We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, retirement/401K plans, etc.


Where will you work? This role is located at Autocar®, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama.