Purchasing Commodity Leader

Tenneco Inc.

Purchasing Commodity Leader

  • Responsibilities

    The Commodity Buyer will directly report to the Purchasing Manager and will act as the primary support for the Purchasing Manager by preparing required documentation for supplier meetings and negotiations, presentations to management for sourcing events and project implementation. Annual spend will vary depending on commodity. He/she is responsible for driving the process and analyses of Request for Quote (RFQ)/Request for Information (RFI), managing the projects and maintain the purchasing data in SAP and other IT system.


    • Provide assistance to Commodity or Purchasing Managers for the development of commodity strategies, sourcing activities, and project implementation.

    • Research materials and suppliers to develop an expertise related to the commodity supported.

    • Prepare required documentation for supplier meetings or negotiations.

    • Prepare presentations to management for sourcing events.

    • Attend meetings as required to support or represent Commodity or Purchasing Managers.

    • Prepare and send RFQ/RFIs for commodity projects.

    • Maintain consistent communication with suppliers to ensure RFQ timelines are met.

    • Interface between suppliers and engineering/operations/marketing to answer any questions related to RFQ documents.

    • Perform financial analysis of RFQ results to determine overall cost competitiveness.

    • Make sourcing recommendations based upon RFI and RFQ results.

    • Evaluate blocked invoices and resolve discrepancies related to price or quantity differences.

    • Ensure invoice issues do not adversely affect supplier relationships.

    • Identify opportunities to improve invoice process between supplier and FM AP to reduce total number of blocked invoices.


    • The authority to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of non-conformity relating to the product, process and quality system and the authority to stop further work on non-conforming suspect product until the deficiency or conditions have been corrected.
    • Abide by the location’s EH&S policy endorsed by the local management, comply with the legal and other requirements and operational controls established under its EHSMS, work toward achieving established objectives and targets, and conform to procedures consistent with the ISO 14001 standard. Report, and if necessary stop, any activity that does not conform to the policy or may injure himself/herself.
    • Capable of providing any other additional support as requested by supervisor.

    Required Skills

    • Excellent interpersonal and English communication skills. Other European language is a plus.

    Required Experience


    • Bachelors Degree in Engineering / Business / Materials Management or Logistics required
    • CPIM certified is a plus;


    • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in Purchasing/Procurement and / or a Materials Management related field with a preference towards high volume manufacturing related industries.
    • Demonstrated background and proven experience with RFQ processes, data analysis and commodity support.
    • Working with and leading a Global team to drive substantial savings for the organization
  • Qualifications
    • Excellent interpersonal and English communication skills. Other European language is a plus.