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Commodity Buyer Job

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: Breganze, IT

Company: AGCO

FUNCTION:  Purchasing

POSITION TITLE:  Commodity Buyer (Direct Material)                                                             

REPORTS TO:  Manager Purchasing

LOCATION:     BREGANZE                                                                                                            



A Commodity Buyer will be responsible for establishing contracts and ensuring the cost effective supply of a commodity category or group of commodities.  The Commodity Buyer will have full responsibility for his/her commodities and will report into Manager Purchasing who will be responsible for a larger grouping of related commodities.  Within the context of the supply, the Commodity Buyer will work to drive the following objectives:

  • Optimize costs while meeting Engineering and Product Management specifications/requirements
  • Ensure consistent supply to AGCO operations


This position will interact with numerous functions within the organization.  Specific duties of the Commodity Buyer include:

  • Implementing AGCO’s Strategic Sourcing process to identify, select and contract AGCO’s supply partners
  • Developing and implementing a Commodity Management strategy
  • Establishing Supplier Development programs to maximize value from incumbents and to identify and establish alternate suppliers
  • Working with Product Management, Engineering Global Purchasing Organization with the New Product Introduction process



  • Support establishment of target costs within new projects and ensure that these costs are achieved at start of production
  • Manage NPI sourcing to meet overall new product schedule
  • Component costs as a % of target costs
  • Component availability vs. Project Schedule
  • Ensuring quality components are provided to AGCO
  • Supplier PPM and Warranty costs
  • Systems update and data integrity
  • Accuracy of commodity information in supporting IT systems
  • Perform special projects as required in support of departmental objectives.
  • Performance against Project Targets
  • Supporting planning materials when necessary.



Responsible for one or more commodities

Spend Responsibility 5 – 20M Euro

Number of Active Part #s 500-2000

Number of Active Suppliers 30 - 50



Very good  written and spoken communications skills in Italian and English language  (a third language is a plus).

Very good Negotiation/contracting skill is required in order to conduct multiple rounds of negotiations to explore business value..

The focus here is to ensure a level of competency exists as to enable the communication of fact-based arguments to both internal and external teams as to enable logical recommendations.



In addition to the previously described competency proficiency levels, a general overview of the AGCO Commodity Buyer  is as follows:

Ideally 4+ years of experience in a purchasing and/or purchasing-related role; preferably in a manufacturing environment

Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite software including Excel, Word and PowerPoint; MS Project experience is beneficial, but not required

Commodity buyers have to be ready and able to travel globally

University, College degree required; additional benefits with academic training in business, economics and/or engineering

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