Director, Uptime and Adaptation

Are you engaged in your work, professional in everything you do and prepared to go that extra mile? If yes – then the Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing (GTP) is the right place for you. GTP provides competitive advantages to the Volvo Group by selecting high performing suppliers to deliver the best possible products & services with the right quality output that add real business value for our customers.
GTP is located in 52 sites around the world, has 1 300 employees and a yearly spend of 120 BSEK. We have 2,550 suppliers in serial production that delivers 1,9 billion parts delivered to Group Truck plants annually. We are a global team working with pride, breaking new grounds and capturing the latest innovations as well as supporting the brands and safeguarding Volvo Group synergies. We work together with speed and agility, in close collaboration with and a strong mandate towards our suppliers and internal stakeholders.
We like to work hard, have fun and are committed to customer and Volvo Group success. You will work with a high performing team aiming at world-class Purchasing – do you have what it takes?
Uptime, adaptation & synergies is a global organization within GTP supporting Service parts purchasing, Vehicle adaptation purchasing and aiming at building strong purchasing synergies amongst the various Purchasing organization of the Volvo group.
Uptime purchasing will focus on ensuring customer uptime by building relationship and engaging suppliers throughout the life cycle.
Adaptation Purchasing supports three different areas: Customer Adaptation (CA), Special Vehicles (SV), Trailers and Superstructures (TST).
Group synergy will host GTP South America and GTP India as Group Purchasing synergies pilot to capitalize on potential Synergy opportunities among all Purchasing entities within Volvo Group
North America Purchasing is an organization within GTP supporting VTNA and Mack brands on the purchasing related activities both on Automotive and indirect purchasing.

As Director of North America Uptime & Adaptation purchasing, you will drive and be responsible to ensure the performance of your department from QDCF-TSR stand point. You will lead Purchasing Managers in your area of scope, who are responsible to manage the operational activities, Implement global way of working, manage supplier relationship, cross functional collaboration & contribute to supplier negotiation. You also promote a strong collaboration between Buyers and Managers within Uptime & Adaptation Purchasing globally and from Powertrain and Vehicle groups ensuring regional inputs are considered while developing segment strategies, negotiation tactics & leverage on other possible opportunities.
Reporting To: Senior Vice President Purchasing North America & Strategic line to Senior Vice Uptime & Adaptation Purchasing
Location: Greensboro

Main Responsibilities
  • Purchasing Host for Uptime issues within NA Service Market region
  • Be a member in North America Purchasing regional Leadership team and in an active way contribute to the development of the department
  • Drive department activities towards wanted position
  • To manage the overall supplier relationship and consolidate the global segment strategies
  • Manage purchasing QDCF- TSR deliverables
  • Secure cost targets and KPI fulfillment
  • Secure needed communication with cross functional teams
  • Secure supplier involvement in project activities
  • Manage the development of staff
  • Secure and Manage resources within his/her area
  • Responsible for budget & operating expenses
  • Work in accordance with the Volvo processes, the Code of Conduct and the Volvo Values
  • Sign off Purchasing Agreements in accordance with the authorization directives
  • You will also manage cross functional interactions with Engineering in development of technical roadmaps, appoint supplier hosts within his/her area and be the ensure all the available data is ready to be presented in Sourcing Committee
Leadership Competencies
  • Business insights
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Build effective teams
  • Drives Engagement
  • Cultivates innovation
Competence & Experience
  • University degree in Engineering/technology and/or Business Administration
  • Strong Business acumen Leadership skills
  • Automotive or Automotive OEM background (5+ years)
  • Proven experience into an international purchasing environment (7+ years)
  • Strong Leadership skills with proven previous experience as a manager (5 + years)
  • Very good understanding of the Volvo Group Business
  • Strong prior experience in Purchasing
  • Knowledgeable in current and future business trends, technology and markets
  • Able to execute in a global matrix organization
  • Face problems and act quickly and directly. Provide direct & actionable feedback
  • Able to handle ambiguity’s and hold things together during tough times
  • Take good decisions in line with internal stakeholders, with risks and opportunities and alternative solutions in mind
  • Able to manage diversity and offer opportunities for personal/professional development
  • Able to build an effective team with a common objective and strong morale and spirit
  • Represent GTPNA in cross-functional decision bodies
  • Validates sourcing cases to be presented to the sourcing decision body

About Us

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus and Volvo Penta. We aim at being the most admired employer in the industry by attracting and engaging the best people.

Volvo Group Purchasing has 125 BSEK in Purchasing annual spend and 2,550 suppliers in serial production. Only for the truck business, 2 billion truck parts were delivered to 40 plants around the world. By scouting and working with high performing suppliers, we deliver the best possible products and service that bring value to our customers. We support the Volvo Group’s mission ‘Driving prosperity through transport solutions’ by applying the principles of Code of Conduct and sustainable sourcing to the purchasing processes.

When you join Volvo Group Purchasing, you will become part of a global network with more than 1,300 professionals in 50 different sites across 25 countries. We offer unique opportunities for you to connect with people across functions, and we are passionate to accelerate your career through competence development.

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