General Motor

General Motor

Buyer - Thermal Commodities


Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee's role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired. This position requires an employee to be on-site on average 3 days per week

The Role:

As a Buyer for Interior, Exterior & Thermal, You will be responsible for purchase of all or a specific portion of productive and/or non-productive materials, supplies, machinery, tooling and/or services.

Responsible for actively participating in the development of commodity strategy, sourcing/negotiations, global/regional material budget execution, and collaborate with suppliers or internal partners. The work is of a complex nature involving a considerable amount of initiative, analytical work and independent judgment.

What You'll Do

  • Ability to work effectively cross functionally, both internally and externally and build relationships
  • Experience with commodities (metals, stampings, castings, plastics, resins, paint, electronics, etc.)
  • Experience handling commercial issues with suppliers and assessing supplier performance
  • Proven competence in negotiating skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • High level of analytical ability where problems can be very complex
  • Developed organizational skills including the ability to prioritize, balance multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • Proficient with Microsoft office products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Additional Description

    Your Skills & Abilities (Required Qualifications)

  • Bachelor's Degree OR 4+ years related working experience in lieu of degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Finance, Industrial Engineering, or related field required
  • A minimum of 2+ years relevant purchasing or supply chain experience required
  • Ability to travel at least 5% of the time, including international travel required
  • Experience developing Contracts / Agreements required
  • Comfortable working with multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams
  • Ability to deal optimally with ambiguity and forward-thinking environment
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Workload management skills
  • Relationship management skills
  • Proficient Vendor/Supplier management skills
  • Strong data judgment skills
  • What Can Give You A Competitive Edge (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Experience in electrical commodities considered highly desirable
  • Automotive industry experience
  • Knowledge of procurement software
  • Knowledge of materials management
  • Capable of interpreting market data
  • Proven knowledge of contract law and its applications regarding purchasing processes
  • Ability to work globally, independent, and self-directed

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    We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

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    Job details


    Buyer - Thermal Commodities


    General Motor


    United States


    June 11, 2024

    Application deadline

    September 08, 2023

    Job type




    About the employer

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    Together, we want to make electric vehicles for everyone and safely push transportation beyond our wildest imaginations with autonomous vehicles and advance hydrogen fuel cell technology. We are proud of our achievements so far, but there is more work to be done. Together, for everyone.


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