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Cummins Inc. Senior purchasing specialist - technical in Milpitas, California

Senior purchasing specialist - technical


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine and power technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

Learn more about this role and how you can begin Powering your potential.

Our Electrification Business delivers reliable, durable, high performing products to our global partners. Working in an innovative space, you’ll develop high tech solutions that will fuel your advanced career skill set and empower you to own your career. Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity in Milipitas, CA for a Senior technical Purchasing Specialist. Cummins USA is where you can work on industry leading engineering projects such as New Product Development, Value Package Introduction and Systems Product Validation.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Co-ordinates the overall activities in the technical development, commercial activities and project management of supplier technical risk and quality in the early product development.

  • Obtains input and negotiates with project leadership, suppliers, product engineers, or technology teams to ensure the delivery of robust prototype and production designs, technical risk mitigation plans, and coordinated deliverables of new or current product change activity.

  • Influences the design and project risk trade-offs that impact project cost or supplier early engagement without sacrifice of quality expectations. Main focus will include working in business processes of Product Preceding Technology (PPT) and other early product development activity.

  • Establish guidance to complex supplier relationships through supplier agreements required to protect intellectual properties.

  • Supports all Supplier Early Engagement work and new technology development.

  • Engages with project teams and engineering to understand needs for new suppliers and technologies and connects engineering with the appropriate sourcing team.

  • For defined projects, serve as the purchasing team member and meet the required purchasing deliverables. Where a project includes a deliverable of a demonstration product, support the procurement cycle.

  • Prepare and deliver information for management and functional reviews.

  • Establishes preliminary new product program sourcing strategies for Product Preceding Technology (PPT) or other projects that are moving to VPI.

  • In conjunction with the Technical Cost Centre of Excellence, use Should Cost and/or other tools to develop piece price targets for components and product material cost targets.


Action Oriented - Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

Balances stakeholders - Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Business insight - Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization's goals.

Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Communicates Effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Financial acumen - Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.

Cost Management - Establishes and controls product and service costs using functional tools to deliver and track product and services at competitive prices; ensures competitiveness of Cummins products in our markets while preserving desired margins.

Intellectual Property Management - Assures protection of Cummins Intellectual Property within the supply base and partners with suppliers to optimize the use of their intellectual property for Cummins future competitive advantage by engaging the legal function; assures appropriate separation of Cummins' inventors from Supplier Intellectual Property to avoid Intellectual Property poisoning that could inhibit Cummins' ability to freely invent.?

Purchasing Policies, Procedures, Tools - Complies with purchasing policies and procedures and complies with them in daily work; leverages tools to conduct procurement initiatives; assesses documents for clarification and seeks guidance for clarification of the information needed.

Project Management - Establishes and maintains the "Balanced Triangle" of Scope, Schedule and Resources for a temporary effort (a "project").

Education, Licenses, Certifications

University, or equivalent bachelor’s degree or other relevant technical disciplines is required.


Prior Senior purchasing & sourcing equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline area is preferred with a demonstrated track record of technical problem solving and quality decision making. 4-7 years sourcing experience


  • MRP experience

  • Electrical component or industrial products or conductors experience

  • Purchasing and inventory experience

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Primary Location United States-California-Santa Clara-US, CA, Milpitas, Cummins Electrified Power

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Jul 8, 2020, 7:41:25 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 20000101