Senior Buyer for Automation focusing on Software

Vehicles are becoming autonomous. We are building them. Is your passion to create the best business deals, while contributing to our society and creating the future? Then you will love it here at Volvo Group.
Within Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing, we are certain that this transformation will lead to new ways of working – and we are now looking for a person to help us find new ways of working with purchasing of Software connected to Vehicle Automation.
Why is this position an amazing opportunity to develop and challenge yourself?
Well, to begin with the position is brand new for us, meaning you will have the possibility to shape the role. It’s also a great opportunity since you, together with the Vehicle Automation Purchasing Team, will be located in our newly built CampX in Gothenburg, our ecosystem for the development of connectivity, electromobility and vehicle automation solutions within the whole Volvo Group. Working at CampX will mean close cooperation with both internal and external stakeholders, from engineering to suppliers/partners – which definitely means cross-functional learning and a truly opportunity to think outside of the box and be innovative.
Who are we at Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing (GTP)?
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, and with a strong mandate towards our suppliers and internal stakeholders.
You will belong to the Vehicle Electrical & Electronics Europe department, and our new team Vehicle Automation Purchasing. In our fast changing world, where the transport solutions industry is disrupted by some key society and technology trends – we believe this team is very important.
The Vehicle Automation arena is an extremely dynamic one with new players arising every day, from the traditional automotive ones to the software-based start-ups. The Purchasing function needs to be on top of this game by scouting and selecting new partners worldwide, capturing innovation that will bring value to our customers and developing new ways of working both with partners and with our internal stakeholders.
Mission
As Senior Buyer for Automation focusing on Software you are the reference in the Embedded Software area for the complete Electrical & Electronics team, leading and driving the business plan and development of the area. That means being responsible for the securing of that all software negotiations outputs are maximized, plus providing expertise and knowledge in market and competition analysis, costing, licensing , Intellectual property rights.
You will drive and support negotiations plus define and drive implementation of the software segment business plan and contribute to relevant product system roadmaps.
Main Responsibilities
  • Lead the global embedded software network
  • Coach and support other buyers involved in software sourcing and negotiations with embedded software development, intellectual property, license and maintenance pricing knowledge
  • Build and maintain software cost database in collaboration with Indirect Purchasing Services IT buyers
  • Monitor, identify and mitigate risks in cooperation with SQ&D, Finance, Manufacturing, Engineering and Brands teams
Who are you?
We are looking for someone with knowledge and expertise within software and embedded systems. We also believe it is important that you have an interest and/or experience of working with software in a business-oriented environment and from a cost perspective. We also think it is important that you have:
  • Bachelors or advanced degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Systems Engineering or similar software development curriculum
  • Experience with Intellectual property rights, licensing models and license agreements
  • Ability to comprehend, evaluate, and compare softwarew architecture, development efforts, and development tools
  • A good understanding of data acquisition and network communication systems (CAN, CANOpen, Ethernet)
More than this, we will need someone who is able to multi-task effectively and adapt within a rapidly changing environment, since this job is new and will be performed in an unknown environment. You will work closely together with both internal and external stakeholders, which is why it also is important that you have excellent communication and networking skills.
Are you ready to join us on our journey? Apply today! We will start application screening immediately.
For more information about the role, please contact me:
Gustav Svärd, Acting Manager Vehicle Automation, +46 73 9028767

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.

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