Strategic Buyer / Project Buyer

Liebherr Mining Equipment Co.

Newport News, VA

The Strategic Buyer / Project Buyer coordinates the procurement of materials, parts, equipment and supplies for the organization, and works closely with internal stakeholders and suppliers to develop and implement strategic material group plans for all assigned material groups at the lowest total cost. This includes placing first sample purchase orders and ensuring that required materials are delivered per project schedule.

  • Coordinates all activities related to procurement of a commodity beginning with the intent to purchase through the delivery of the first article/prototype product.
  • Initiates, develops and maintains cost reduction projects for assigned commodities.
  • Responsible for developing commodity & supply strategies which will ensure the supply of quality material and continually drive for lowest total cost.
  • Deploy commodity and sourcing expertise to support supplier identification, qualification and development.
  • Develops, participates and executes local and global material group strategies.
  • Works closely together with other departments such as Engineering and Manufacturing to anticipate upcoming projects and demands.
  • Analyzes the requirement of the commodity including specifications, preferred supplier and date the commodity is needed.
  • Creates detailed Request for Quote (RFQ) package for suppliers to bid on, evaluates proposals for the requested commodities in the form of side by side comparisons.
  • Investigates and/or interviews potential suppliers in cooperation with Quality Assurance and Engineering to determine if they meet the specified requirements then advises team members and/or management on the appropriate supplier to be used.
  • Negotiates the lowest possible cost for the commodity balanced against the optimum quality and schedule needs.
  • Implements purchase contracts that comply with LME and corporate Liebherr Procurement Services (LPS) regulations to optimize material supply.
  • Cooperates closely with the Procurement Planner and Quality Assurance.
  • Participates in projects to determine the optimal sourcing strategy for new products.
  • Represents purchasing in design reviews and the product development process.
  • Conducts Procurement Market Analysis for defined commodities.
  • Gathers relevant benchmark data, and supply market intelligence.
  • Identifies industry trends and market development for respective material groups.
  • Establishes an overview of potential suppliers by defined material groups.
  • Creates detailed Request for Quote (RFQ) package for suppliers to bid on, evaluates proposals for the requested commodities in the form of side-by-side comparisons.
  • Develops and maintains cost analysis and price comparisons.
  • Places initial sample purchase orders and ensures that required materials are delivered on time and per project schedule.
  • Leads supplier identification, qualification and development in cooperation with Quality Assurance.
  • Establishes a logistic concept with support of the External Logistic department.
  • Cooperates closely with Engineering and Buyers from other Liebherr companies.
  • Responsible for developing commodity & supply strategies which will ensure the supply of quality material and continually drive for lowest total cost
  • Creates project status reports for Management.
  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University in a Business or Engineering related discipline with minimum of 2 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. International procurement experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of procurement principles, theories, processes.
  • Team oriented and excellent communication skills are essential.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a global, multi-cultural environment with good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to understand value streams, cost drivers and how to break down cost structures.
  • Skilled in using logic and reason to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists, within fast-changing environment. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS office software and ERP system.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical documents and specifications, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to effectively present information to management and suppliers.
  • Ability to effectively present information to management and suppliers.
  • Travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license and passport.
Our Offer

An interesting and ambitious role in a successful international company. We offer a secure work environment with a comprehensive benefits package that includes major medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K plan with company match, paid vacation and personal days and competitive salary.

Have we awoken your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your online application. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Alden.

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The company

In line with its international growth, Liebherr’s venture into the United States began in 1970. Within a couple of years, the company expanded and completed its production facilities in Newport News, Virginia, for its product line of hydraulic excavators. It was later converted into Liebherr’s manufacturing facility for mining trucks and remains home to Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News, Co. In addition to its production facility, Liebherr markets a wide variety of products and technologies through its companies located across the United States. The companies are Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc., Liebherr Automation Systems, Co., and Liebherr USA, Co., the umbrella company for 12 product segments that are positioned across the United States.​


Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co.

4100 Chestnut Avenue

23607 Newport News, VA

United States (US)


Nicole Alden

[email protected]