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Supplier Management Supplier Manager - Brakes & Suspension

6 - 12 Years

you’ll be our:  Supplier Manager - Brakes, Suspension & Tyres

you’ll be based at:IBC Knowledge Park, Bengaluru

you’ll be Aligned with:Head - Mechanical Commodity - Supplier Management

you’ll be a member of:Operations


What you’ll do at Ather:


  • Be resident supplier manager to design and execute sourcing strategies for the built to spec commodity, both short and long term plans.

  • Identify the new potential suppliers as per the drawing requirements, latest technology trends and shifts, competition risks et al. Assess supply chain risks and ensure having mitigation strategies in place.

  • Drive and Monitor the selection processes for new suppliers, from identification of potential suppliers to qualification, audits, assessments & contracting and up to the validation of processes.

  • Involve in the initial technical review meetings with potential suppliers along with the engineering team.

  • Collaborate with the engineering team, finance to understand the should-cost reports, and identify levers to bridge the gaps between should cost and quotes

  • Identify and establish Part Cost/NRE cost/Lead Time structures for your commodity and sub commodity parts & meet cost, quality, and timeline targets for the Program.

  • Execute contracts with suppliers to secure commitment on cost, quality and delivery and mitigate potential risks associated with SLAs 

  • Align to the organisational long term forecast and business plan to secure capacities at each supplier partners manufacturing lines.

  • Communicate with suppliers monthly requirement plan and ensure adherence to released MRP

  • Track capacity at suppliers and their sub suppliers to have a smooth supply chain.

  • Ensure the sustenance of established processes and plan for periodic audit & score card reviews.

  • Devise mechanisms to track commodity price fluctuations impacting the commodity and share impact of these fluctuations to the relevant stakeholders on product prices

  • Ensure seamless implementation of engineering changes & obsolete management at supplier end and ensure price revisions for the same if any.

  • Ensure timely material disposition for non conformance parts and align with suppliers for the next course of actions.

  • Establish cadence with the engineering & MQA team to evaluate current performance of the supply base and devise a course of action for improvement, and support implementation

  • Monitor timely payment to all supplier partners as per the agreed credit terms.




Here’s what we are looking for: 


  • Prior experience in development of built to spec parts, preferably automotive parts such as brakes, suspension, tyres etc or equivalent parts.

  • Strong knowledge on 4S ; Scouting , selecting, securing & supplier relation management.

  • Good experience on understanding of supplier landscape, value chain mapping & understanding Zero based costing.

  • Strong knowledge of different manufacturing processes such as casting, machining, forging , sheetmetal & various surface treatment processes.

  • Ability to work on  Spend analysis, negotiations, and good understanding of commercials & INCO terms.

  • Prior experience on understanding service level agreements, contract analysis and negotiation with suppliers.

  • Good understanding of AIAG manuals such as APQP, PPAP, FMEA & quality certifications such as IATF16949 & ISO9001.

  • Product development life cycle experience and strong problem solving skills are must

  • Ability to work well within a team – enjoys collaborating, persuading, and influencing

  • Ability to thrive under pressure – to manage challenging deadlines

  • Strong planning, process management, and decision-making skills

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.


You bring to Ather:

  • B.E/M. E in Industrial engineering or Mechanical engineering.

  • 6-12 years of hands-on experience on strategic sourcing & material handling on built to spec parts. 

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