Buying Team Leader 3

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Date: Apr 6, 2024

Location: Johor Bahru, 01, MY

Company: Celestica International Inc.

Req ID: 120240 
Remote Position: Hybrid
Region: Asia 
Country: Malaysia 
State/Province: Johor 
City:  Johor Bahru 


The NPI Buying Team Leader will be responsible for the strategic sourcing of materials and components required for new product development projects. This role demands a proactive approach to supplier selection, cost negotiation, and risk management to ensure project deliverables are meet within the required timelines and budgets. The ideal candidate will possess a blend of technical and commercial acumen, with a deep understanding of the procurement process in a fast-paced product development environment.

Detailed Description

  • Responsible for the NPI projects assigned, take accountability for all parts listed in CTB and resolve critical clear to build shortages.
  • Daily clear to build review with planning to share material status and dial in the meeting called whenever requested by MP/PM
  • Work out assessment RFQ and planning to procure materials necessary to meet manufacturing build requirements for one or several NPI projects.
  • Conduct comprehensive market research to identify potential suppliers. Evaluate suppliers based on their capabilities, quality, cost, and delivery performance to support new product launches.
  • Identify potential supply chain risks related to NPI projects and develop contingency plans to address these risks.
  • Collaborate closely with R&D, engineering, quality assurance, and manufacturing teams to ensure alignment between procurement strategies and project requirements.
  • Participate in design reviews to understand material specifications and technical requirements. Aligned on the ECO changes related parts for PO supersede and rework activities.
  • Implement strategies to optimize the supply chain for NPI projects, focusing on lead time reduction, inventory management, and logistic efficiency.
  • Manage and track the procurement process for NPI projects, ensuring timely updates and communication with stakeholders. Resolve any issues or delays in the supply chain that may impact project timelines.
  • Ensures materials are available to meet manufacturing build requirements. Matches material requirements and inventory turnover so as not to hold too high of a percentage of inventory at any time.  
  • Assist engineering and planning to work with suppliers on the rework activities to reduce E&O inventory.   
  • Works with AP to investigate and resolve issues with the payment of supplier invoices.
  • Works with the Engineering Team on the SRA-related issue and cascades down the information to the relevant team in timely manner
  • Ensure all suppliers follow the shipment approval process.


  • Knowledge of the manufacturing environment, procurement processes, inventory management,   supplier management the types of materials being purchased by departments, and the engineering change process is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of production planning fundamentals, scheduling, materials requirements planning techniques, and manufacturing control systems
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively and manage complex supplier relationships.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a strong focus on detail and accuracy.
  • Proficient in using procurement software, ERP systems, and MS Office Suite. Relevant experience with ERP / MRP especially in SAP will be an added advantage.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, capable of working collaboratively across various departments and with external partners.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external customers.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, or similar continuous improvement methodologies is a plus.

Typical Experience

  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in procurement or buying role, with specific experience in NPI procurement in a manufacturing or technology environment.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field.


This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the position. Employees are held accountable for all duties of the job. Job duties and the % of time identified for any function are subject to change at any time.

Celestica is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on any protected status (including race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran or disability status or other characteristics protected by law).
At Celestica we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. Special arrangements can be made for candidates who need it throughout the hiring process. Please indicate your needs and we will work with you to meet them.


Celestica (NYSE, TSX: CLS) enables the world’s best brands. Through our recognized customer-centric approach, we partner with leading companies in Aerospace and Defense, Communications, Enterprise, HealthTech, Industrial, Capital Equipment and Energy to deliver solutions for their most complex challenges. As a leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform and supply chain solutions, Celestica brings global expertise and insight at every stage of product development – from drawing board to full-scale production and after-market services for products from advanced medical devices, to highly engineered aviation systems, to next-generation hardware platform solutions for the Cloud. Headquartered in Toronto, with talented teams spanning 40+ locations in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, we imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.


Celestica would like to thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.
Celestica does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.


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