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Daimler Trucks North America EMG Senior Purchasing Agent for eCore (L5) in Portland, Oregon

When you join Daimler, you become an agent of change within our global community of people working to create a cleaner, safer, and more efficient world for today and tomorrow. Through innovation at all levels, our teams ensure our world-changing brands continue to increase the quality of life and the business success of our customers, their customers, and the world around them. The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) brand portfolio is second to none, and includes Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Detroit engines and components, Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis.

We are the undisputed leader in the commercial vehicle market and the industry’s technology trendsetter. Empowered by purpose, DTNA employees drive a Technology Revolution through innovative products and a customer-centric culture. Our dedication to our customers and society does not end once our products hit the road. That’s because we believe that business success and social responsibility go hand in hand. We immerse ourselves in our customer’s experience, and support the environmental responsibilities of our sites to ensure our products are the reliable, sustainable and the desired tools of the future.

Job Overview

Daimler Trucks North America is the market leader and thrives as the voice of the trucking industry. We are compelled to persistently push the envelope as we sharpen our focus on electric mobility (e-Mobility) and develop vehicles that lead the market. DTNA has created a startup team to bring our vision to reality. This team exudes creativity, energy, innovation, and passion. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to be on the forefront of e-mobility, you are meant for this team. You will push the industry standards of electric vehicles to the next level. This is your chance to join us as we define the next chapter of the trucking industry. We can’t wait to hear from you! In this position, you support the e-Mobility Group (EMG) with purchasing expertise to negotiate with and build relationships with suppliers to support the global engineering efforts of EMG. This is an emerging, exciting technology, and the right person will drive DTNA’s success by helping our engineering department, customers and network adopt electrified commercial vehicles into their operations.


  • As a buyer for electric vehicle components you have responsibility for the strategic direction of your commodities in a highly dynamic market environment

  • Negotiate or renew supplier agreements to purchase critical materials, parts components, tooling or services for DTNA production

  • Primary commodity area: Electric vehicle components sourcing

  • Manage supplier relationships, including long term strategic partnerships with commitments for preferred production pricing to differentiate DTNA in the marketplace

  • Drive the development of local and global commodity strategies covering both production and aftermarket requirements.

  • Attend global workshops in the US, Europe or Asia as needed

  • Evaluate alternative materials, methods, technologies and suitable suppliers as necessary to bring best in-class product offerings and cost structure for DTNA

  • Lead and participate in cross-functional teams for new product introductions, continuous cost improvement, and engineering, supply management or warranty problem-solving initiatives

  • Work with suppliers to achieve DTNA cost goals, long term agreements and possible exclusivity of innovative products and services

  • Local support of Lead Buy commodity area: Potentially for electric vehicle components as well as Global Module Strategy

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university required, and 5-7 years of related experience preferred

  • Ability to communicate complex issues across groups and levels

  • Ability to take charge and lead tasks to completion

  • Advanced Microsoft Office experience is required, specifically with PowerPoint and Excel

  • Experience with Daimler Trucks processes and tools, as well as knowledge of the competitive supplier landscape (regional and global), materials, and manufacturing technologies

  • Ability to evaluate and select suppliers using analytical tools

  • This position requires a self-starter, used to working independently, and meeting deadlines with attention to detail and experience identifying and solving the root cause of complex problems

  • An attached resume is required

Typical Minimum Experience Preferred (Desired Skills/Experience)

  • Experience with contracts, cost structures as well as business and economic issues

  • Experience working with international teams

  • MBA or advance business degree

Additional Information

  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work permanently in the U.S. at the time of application

  • Final candidate must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check

  • EEO/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

For an accommodation or special assistance with applying for a posted position, please contact our Human Resources department at 503-745-8982 or toll free 800-206-3369. For TTY/TDD enabled call 503-745-2137 or toll free 866-355-6935.

Organization: Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Title: EMG Senior Purchasing Agent for eCore (L5)

Location: Oregon-Portland

Requisition ID: DAI0000EI2