Component Buyer II (Japanese-English Bilingual)

Procurement Farmington Hills, Michigan


Position at Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

SEWS - Farmington Hills, Michigan Office.  Although located at SEWS – Farmington Hills Office, this is a Hybrid position, which combines both in office and off-site work.  Associates are required to work at least two days in the office each week, but also have the flexibility to work off-site.

Basic Purpose:

Successfully source new suppliers in order to reduce the overall material costs. Improve sourcing accuracy and timing in accordance with program milestones deliverables. Create strategies for major commodities and work with Engineering to implement for new sourced programs. Use knowledge of the current market to create, implement, or redevelop tactics and techniques needed in negotiating business deals. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Review quote package to determine RFQ submission for quotes.
  • Coordinate new supplier account set up (includes collection of necessary documentation).
  • Present and explain open items and issues to management on a weekly basis.
  • Make regular detailed reports outlining business trips, weekly open issues, minutes from discussion with supplier etc.
  • Lead new production VAVE activity and coordinate with design section and suppliers to facilitate VAVE ideas.
  • Proactively coordinate meetings with Engineering at proper timing for kickoff, parts ordering, etc.
  • Maintain an understanding of delivery issues, problem parts.  Join weekly material control meeting to discuss solutions to issues.
  • Create budget and prepare presentation material to present to report on achievement versus budget.
  • Conduct cost reduction negotiation for all parts (usually biannually).
  • Complete supplier performance evaluations (Biannual).


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or the equivalent relevant experience.
  • 3-5 years relevant experience required.
  • Previous experience in a Tier 1 automotive environment preferred. Electronics experience desired.
  • Ability to work productively, prioritize actions items, and produce results while also being flexible to environmental changes.
  • High degree of analytical skills. Ability to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions.
  • Business level fluency in Japanese language required.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills in English and Japanese.
  • Strives to be a team player throughout the department and all areas of the company.

About Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS) is part of the Sumitomo family of companies, a 400 year old brand with a reputation for quality and reliability.  With the support of facilities throughout North America, SEWS has been delivering innovative solutions to automakers for over 30 years, and is a leading supplier of electrical distribution systems, components and electronics.  SEWS is committed to technical development worldwide and with a global network of resources, is able to deliver a truly competitive advantage to each of our customers.  Our associates are what drive Sumitomo’s continued growth, which is why we proudly offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life, 401(k) with match, tuition benefits, paid holidays and vacation. 

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About the Sumitomo Electric Group 

Since the founding of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in 1897 with copper wire production, we have developed many new technologies and products through innovative R&D activities based on Sumitomo Electric manufacturing technologies for electric wires and power cables.  With more than 350 subsidiaries worldwide, we continue to introduce a wide variety of products that fulfill the expectations of society, in five business fields: Automotive, Information & Communications, Electronics, Environment & Energy, and Industrial Materials.  We are a Fortune global 500 company.  

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