Procurement Assistant

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Van Buren, MI

Job Description


Location: Detroit, MI

Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future.


As a member of the Procurement team, you will support the Project Buyers in the Automotive & Industrial Business Unit. You will support all procurement activities such as the sourcing, purchasing, planning and scheduling of raw materials, packaging materials, parts, components, services, supplies, finished goods and related material.

Key Responsibilities

Supports procurement processes including requisitioning, receiving, and invoicing

Searches inventory records or warehouse to determine if material on hand is sufficient

Consults suppliers, catalogues, and internet to obtain prices and specifications

Prepares purchase order and sends to supplier and department originating request; tracks supplier deliveries

Develops and delivers purchasing and inventory reports, bid proposals, RFQ’s, requirements documentation, and tender documents

Verifies bills from suppliers with bids and purchase orders, and approves bills for payment

Maintains records of purchases, delivery dates, vendors, costs and other resources

Collates and manages supplier information covering certifications and sustainable procurement data

Advises and assist other Ricardo employees in purchasing procedures and in coordinating the scheduling and movement of materials and services.

Complies with procurement policies and standard operating procedures

Delivers superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers while demonstrating Ricardo’s core values of respect, integrity, creativity and innovation, and passion

Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

Bachelors or other 4-year Degree required

1-2 years' of experience in purchasing/procurement


Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, Access and Power Point

Knowledge of SAP or similar Enterprise Resource Planning system preferred

Strong problem solving, analytical and listening skills

Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task

Personal Attributes

Be a team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills 

Ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic and matrixed organization

Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalized approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, height, weight, gender identity and sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, arrest record (MI only), parental status (IL only), military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Our core benefits include paid vacation time off, emergency/sick time, plus 14 holidays, Medical/Dental/Vision plus 401k. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Once you have submitted your application, if qualified, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.