Lead buyer - Segment Leader Cab Plastics

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The biggest technology shift in decade within public transportation has started and Volvo Group wants to stay in the forefront together with our customers. In a changing world with new customer requirements status quo is not an option. The wind of change is everywhere and new solutions and technologies are what we are working and focusing on.
We have a culture of high performance created through employee engagement and we value Customer success, Trust, Passion, Change and Performance.

The European CAB Purchasing team based in Lyon, France and Gothenburg, Sweden is part of the Volvo Group Truck Purchasing Organization. This Buyer position is in the CAB Plastics team and our mission is to select and develop a global or a regional supplier base to create synergies and to achieve sustainable competitive advantages within the Cab Plastics segments. We challenge our suppliers to improve the value chain on costs, quality, and delivery performance for all production parts to be used on our trucks.
Volvo Group and Group Trucks Purchasing aims to be the most admired employer in our industry by attracting and retaining the best people in order to create and build a world-class purchasing team.

As a Segment Leader, you will be accountable for the projects deliveries of strategic and ambitious product evolutions of the cab exterior plastics area. You will as well be accountable for the QDCFTSR of the supplier base on your segments. You will be responsible to make sure that the exterior plastics segment strategy is implemented through the selection of the right suppliers. and by continuously securing supplier QDCFTSR performance by using the tools and purchasing/cross functional network during production and after production for Revenue segments.
QDCFTSR: Quality, Delivery, Cost, Feature, Technology, Sustainability and Risk Management

Main tasks of your segment leader role:
  • Leading the cross-functional team responsible for defining and implementing a segment business plan.
  • Promote and ensure a strong collaboration between buyers working in your segments and strategic vendor managers by capitalizing on inputs towards segment strategies, negotiation tactics and leveraging
  • Build/update segments strategies for exterior plastic parts by being part of the early phase investigations with our engineering teams
  • Drive the development of the segment strategy and purchasing process to support Volvo’s strategic objectives
  • Lead strategic sourcing projects to completion in collaboration with cross-functional teams
  • Strengthening Volvo’s competitive advantage by understanding the business needs and the supplier market
  • Manage and develop the supplier base, using categorization, segmentation, evaluation, etc. in order to establish the appropriate levels of relationship
  • Manage the segments in a QDCFTSR mindset
  • Drive Strategic line activities with global Team
  • Drive optimization, synergies and share best practices within the Volvo Group
  • Negotiate upcoming requests and contracts with suppliers
  • Actively contribute to the team development, by bringing improvement ideas, support your peers, coaching buyers when relevant, sharing good cases


As a person we believe that you are an experienced buyer, a business oriented mindset with both a financial and technical understanding. You enjoy the challenge of having contact with experienced and skilled suppliers and you also possess strong communication and networking skills. In addition to this you enjoy driving your own work and taking initiatives, with a team player attitude.


  • University degree (Master), preferably in engineering or business
  • Motivated by change management and ability to drive change
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Multicultural experience is an asset
  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • Creative and solution-oriented mindset
  • Ownership/Accountability
  • Positive mindset and team player
  • Business Acumen
  • Negotiation skills
  • Learning on the fly
  • Self-driven and autonomous
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with counterparts
  • Analytical skills
  • Willingness to learn from others and share best practices

If you are interested in joining a diversified and fun team that likes everyday new challenges, then pick up your phone, send a mail or come to share a coffee. I will be very happy to introduce our mission and answer your questions.
Hélène Chabi, Purchasing Manager Cab Exterior Plastics

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 

Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing has 125 BSEK in purchasing annual spend and 2,550 supply chain partners in serial production. We deliver the best possible products and service that bring value to our customers through scouting and working with high performing supply chain partners.

We support Volvo Group’s mission ‘Driving prosperity through transport solutions’ through sustainability, business ethics and innovation. When you join Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing, you will become part of a global network with more than 1,400 professionals in 50 different sites across 25 countries. Joining us means working in a global context with people from diverse backgrounds and different nationalities while contributing to the core business and results of Volvo Group.

Diversity is important for us, we therefore put a lot of time and effort into creating an open and inclusive environment for all. We are extremely proud to say that we are almost as many females as men in our team. We are goal oriented and business focused people who believe that the best results are achieved while having fun and when we challenge each other. We offer unique opportunities where you can accelerate your career through competence development and connect with people who are truly passionate for purchasing. Join us and work where the action is!

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