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Kongsberg Automotive, s.r.o.

Information about the position

  • Place of work: Vráble
  • Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards: 3 000 EUR/monthbased on experience
  • Start date: asap
  • Contract type: full-time

Job description, responsibilities and duties

• In co-operation with stakeholders, map future needs and leverage KA spend to maximize benefit for KA.
• Develop and propose Category Strategy for assigned (sub-)category and region
• Establish a base of preferred suppliers, and secure that suppliers from low cost regions are identified where possible.
• Supplier relationship management
• Capture savings
• Develop and implement sourcing strategies for the categories
• Lead purchasing activities cross Plants, BA:s and Regions to optimize the spend
• Establish good contracting and acceptance practices
• Perform procurement according to KA plans and defined strategies and frameworks
o Review purchase requisitions and identify sources of supply
o Define supplier selection criteria to meet the project requirements
o Evaluate RFI’s/RFQ’s
o Develop negotiation strategy and lead supplier negotiations and selection
o Negotiate commercial terms and select suppliers in accordance with defined process and strategy.
o Advice internal stakeholders on procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stages of the procurement cycle.
o Advise stakeholders of potential modifications from original requests (if alternative, more cost efficient, or otherwise beneficial alternatives exist)
• Monitor strategy implementation and contract compliance
• Ensure suppliers comply and adhere to commercial agreements and terms of purchase.
• Monitor performance of suppliers and the compliance with guidelines
• Monitor supplier capacity
• Maintain supplier/category and contractual computer records as needed.
• Drive best practices
• Uphold internal and external policies, regulations and laws
• Lead purchasing activities and certain decisions as defined in the purchasing process
• Improve service levels.

Employee perks, benefits

Kongsberg Automotive offers a variety of perks and benefits within its social policy, such as:
• monthly contribution to the voluntary pension system (“3. pilier”)
• contribution for University studies ( financial + days off for studies)
• contribution for massage
• contribution for dioptric glasses
• bonus for blood donors
• family day/hiking/health day

Information about the selection process

Interested in working for Kongsberg Automotive? Please send us your CV/profile and motivation letter in English on the basis of which we can effectively match you with existing and future vacancies.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Bachelor's degree)
University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Educational Specialization

Engineering and/or Business Management; Purchasing

Language skills

English - Upper intermediate (B2)

Other knowledge

Microsoft Excel - Advanced
Microsoft Outlook - Advanced
Microsoft Word - Advanced
Microsoft PowerPoint - Advanced
SAP - Advanced

Driving licence


Number of years of experience


Personality requirements and skills

• Minimum 5-years experience in Purchasing of MRO (Maintenance & Repair Operations), FM (Facility Management) and Utilities.

• Strong negotiation skills
• Good planning/project management skills
• Good problem-solving and analytical skills
• General understanding of manufacturing operations and its needs


Brief description of the company

Kongsberg Automotive provides world class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of approx. EUR 1.1 billion and approximately 10.500 employees in 19 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland and has more than 25 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers. In our Vráble plant we produce mainly AT shifters and other products. You can find more at our web page

Number of employees

1000 and more employees

Company address

Kongsberg Automotive, s.r.o.
Hlavná 48
952 01 Vráble