Procurement Specialist

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Van Buren, MI

Job Description

Key purpose:

The successful candidate will be rewarded with the opportunity to be a key member of a team with a broad remit to support New   Product Introduction and Consultancy projects within the Performance Products business unit of Ricardo. This business unit specializes in delivering   niche powertrain products and supporting product industrialization planning to many premium brand customers. 

This is an exciting opportunity for someone wishing to apply their procurement/supply-chain experience and knowledge in a dynamic hands-on environment, producing world class products and working closely with a diverse client base. 

Key responsibilities:

As a Procurement Specialist your role will include responsibility for the Management of purchased parts from concept to series production for suppliers and projects you are assigned. 

  • Lead the supply chain industrialization for a new product line.
  • Manage the supply chain selection within a complex global supply base.
  • Meeting with Clients to discuss/define requirements and coordinate supply chain activities between suppliers, clients and   Engineering/project teams. 
  • Develops and delivers purchasing and inventory reports, bid proposals, RFQ’s, requirements documentation, and tender documents.
  • Competitive bidding (RFQ), negotiating prices / added value and reporting cost-reduction achievements.
  • Liaising with suppliers and Engineering teams on design feasibility issues, expediting orders and agreeing concessions or return rejects.
  • Negotiation, contracting, and risk evaluation of/with US and international suppliers. 
  • Setting up and integrating robust MRP/EDI system becoming a leading SME.
  • Assess supplier capability to meet cost, quality and timing requirements.
  • Report appropriately to senior leadership.
  • Meet stringent internal and external targets on cost, delivery and quality. 


  • Bachelor’s or other 4-year Degree required. 
  • Ten years of experience in purchasing/procurement
  • Knowledge of material work planning and manufacturing methods necessary to meet component requirements.
  • Experience with warehouse and inventory control.
  • Strong but customer-aware negotiation skills; ability to influence.
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and listening skills.
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic and matrixed organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task. 
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.


  • Experience in a niche volume manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in powertrain and drivetrain products.
  • Knowledge of the marine industry preferable but not essential.