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Vice President, Purchasing

Company: Freudenberg Group
Location: Midland
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Freudenberg is a global technology group that strengthens its customers and society long-term through forward-looking innovations. Together with our partners, customers and the world of science, we develop leading-edge technologies, and excellent products, solutions and services for 40 market segments. The Freudenberg Group employs some 50,000 people in 60 countries worldwide and generates sales of over 10 billion euros.

XALT Energy, LLC. specializes in the development and production of battery cells for heavy duty mobile applications as well as stationary energy storage systems. We deliver our innovative products from our highly automated advanced production facility in Midland, Michigan. At our own R&D center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, lithium-ion cell technology is continuously developed based on the latest findings in lithium-ion chemistry.

You support our team as

Vice President, Purchasing


  • Lead the development and implementation of supply chain strategy to support corporate goals including: strategic sourcing and procurement, demand planning, vendor management, materials management, distribution, logistics and Sales & Operation Planning (SIOP)
  • Oversee the budget and operating performance, along with key service quality and cost metrics and focus on continuous improvement programs
  • Lead team performance and execution of supplier visits and audits, including new supplier identification and vetting
  • Provide strategic cross-functional collaboration with Sales, Operations, Quality, Research & Development and Engineering to ensure team alignment and execute strategic planning initiatives to lower cost and achieve higher reliability
  • Benchmark and work to understand similar environments in order to implement best practices including working closely with other business units i.e., fuel cell
  • Lead senior management reviews to monitor core supply chain performance, including delivering against product and service level agreements and cost objectives
  • Meet or exceed all customer expectations as they relate to on-time and complete delivery of product
  • Ensure all regulatory and compliance measures are met within company guidelines as well as import requirements


    • M.S. in Business, Supply Chain, or Logistics (B.S. acceptable with sufficient experience); APICS designation preferred
    • Minimum 10 years of experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment
    • Minimum of 8 years of supply chain experience
    • Strong analytical, financial, and P&L skills
    • Experience in multiple supply chain processes, methodologies such as ERP, JIT, SIOP, Lean and Six Sigma.
    • Working knowledge of APQP and PPAP disciplines
    • Experience in electric vehicle programs and battery design and/or integration is strongly preferred
    • Experience in designing with a wide range of materials manufacturing processes, and DFA & DFM disciplines

Keywords: Freudenberg Group, Midland , Vice President, Purchasing, Professions , Midland, Michigan

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