Team Lead – Purchasing (Newport News, VA)


Liebherr is accepting applications for a Team Lead - Purchasing (Newport News, VA)


  • Responsible for developing and executing material group strategies for the assigned material groups which will ensure the supply of quality material and continually drive for lowest total cost.
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional teams focused on process improvement, cost reduction and supplier quality.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and controls activities and personnel related to the procurement functions within assigned team.
  • Initiates, develops and maintains cost reduction projects.
  • Lead supplier identification, selection, qualification, and development.
  • Advises and trains strategic buyers.
  • Coordinates all activities related to procurement of a commodity beginning with the intent to purchase through the delivery of the first article/prototype product.
  • Works closely together with other departments such as Engineering and Manufacturing to anticipate upcoming projects and demands.
  • Creates detailed Request for Quote (RFQ) package for suppliers to bid on, evaluates proposals for the requested commodities in the form of side-by-side comparisons.
  • Negotiates the lowest possible cost for the commodity balanced against the optimum quality and schedule needs.
  • Negotiates and implements purchase contracts that comply with LME and/or corporate Liebherr
  • Procurement Services (LPS) regulations.
  • Actively participates in the Liebherr Material Group organization.
  • Cooperates closely with the Procurement Planner and Quality Assurance.
  • Participates in projects to determine the optimal sourcing strategy for new products.
  • Identify industry trends and market development for respective material groups.
  • Responsible for gathering relevant benchmark data, and supply market intelligence.
  • Forecasts and plans operating costs and investments for the assigned material groups.
  • Manages Direct Reports 1 to 5 employees.
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the employees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning anddirecting work, appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Expert level knowledge of procurement principles, theories, processes.
  • Highly proficient in project management and communications with supplier and internal stake holders.
  • Team oriented and excellent communication skills are essential.
  • Advanced knowledge of comprehending and interpreting contractual language.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a global, multi-cultural environment with good interpersonal skills.
  • Expert level knowledge of value streams, cost drivers and how to break down cost structures.
  • Expert level skills in using logic and reason to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists, within fast-changing environment.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Advanced Knowledge of MS office software and ERP system.
  • Advanced knowledge in reading, analyzing, and interpreting common scientific and technical documents and specifications, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Advanced skills to effectively present information to management and suppliers.
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001:2015 and experienced in performing supplier audits using VDA 6.3 guidelines.
  • Travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.
  • Abillity to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license and passport.

Our Offer

A comprehensive benefits package that includes major medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K plan with company match, paid vacation and personal days.


In line with its international growth, Liebherr’s venture into the United States began in 1970. Within a couple of years, the company expanded and completed its production facilities in Newport News, VA for its product line of hydraulic excavators. It was later converted into Liebherr’s manufacturing facility for mining trucks and remains home to Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News, Co.  In addition to its production facility, Liebherr markets a wide variety of products and technologies through its companies located across the United States. The companies are Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc., Liebherr Automation Systems, Co., and Liebherr USA, Co., the umbrella company for eight divisions that are positioned across the United States.


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