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GKN Automotive Direct Material Buyer in Miskolc, Hungary

GKN Automotive is the global leader in drive systems.

A global automotive technology company that pioneered electric drive systems and is now driving the future of transportation. With a 260 year heritage, we are a trusted partner for most of the world’s automotive companies, specializing in developing, building and supplying market-leading driveline systems and advanced ePowertrain technologies.

90% of the global vehicle manufacturers choose GKN Automotive and everyday 100’s of millions of cars are driven everyday using our technology. We’ve spent more than 20 years driving innovation in electric drive systems, working with most major OEMs to deliver Electrical Control Units (ECUs). Our eDrive technology is now powering over two million vehicles on the road today. We are transforming the automotive industry to create a greener, cleaner environment – through innovation and ingenuity

GKN Automotive Hungary:

It is a truly exciting time to join us at GKN Automotive in Hungary. We are building a new manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Miskolc which will primarily include assembly, and office accommodation.

Our Miskolc facility will represent an important regional facility for the driveline technologies that GKN Automotive supply to our global customer base and in phase-1, we will employ up to 500 people from the local community in 2023, and will continue to develop the site over time in further phases in line with our ambition to double (or even triple!) the scale of our site.

As such, we are investing heavily in the development of state-of-the-art facilities, to ensure our teams have the tools and resources they need to grow, succeed and thrive in our environment.

We invest in our people and every employee has a development plan focused on their specific career and learning objectives. Career development is supported by relevant, sponsored technical learning, coaching, and access to self-driven training across a wide range of topics covering hard and soft skills.

Our culture is underpinned by our Values & Behaviours –Ingenious, Collaborative, Driven, Principled and we are proud of the way that employees regularly have an opportunity to engage with others, provide ideas and work to develop these ideas to become a reality. It’s a place where our multi-discipline team's partner, collaborate, and learn from each other and the contribution of everyone counts.

Across other sites, we also support our employees to give back to the local communities through various initiatives and our plan is to do this in Hungary too. In recent years we have sponsored and supported various initiatives from training rescue skills in the local communities, to renovating schools making time and resources available to collaborate on these important events.

We are seeking a Direct Material Buyer to join our team.

Job description:

  • Build - up supplier strategy in locally managed commodities

  • Drive ongoing supplier panel optimization and continuous improvement at plant level

  • Prepare and lead negotiations, ensuring contracts with locally managed suppliers

  • Monitor supplier’s performance (capacity – cost – delivery – quality) and take part in suppliers development programs

  • Maintain and lead material savings projects and support technical changes

  • Support Quality and Supply Chain teams in the plant in case of escalation process

  • Act with integrity and full respect of business ethics


  • Master/Bachelor’s Degree in economics / business or engineering

  • Proficient in English is a must, 2nd language is always desirable

  • Effectively using MS Office tools to improve daily work

  • Preferably 5 years’ experience as a commodity buyer in industrial environment, preferably in automotive area

  • Experience in Logistics, Quality area is an advantage

  • A good understanding of automotive industry

  • Experience sourcing of machined / turned / mechanical parts

  • Understanding of heat treatment, surface treatment technology is an advantage

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience in negotiations and contractual agreements

  • Capability to work in teams within international environment

  • Results orientation, analytical thinking, problem solving capability


  • Market leading company with lots of potential

  • Opportunity to take part in brand new company projects

  • Attractive salary and benefits at a stable and financially healthy company

  • An organization where you can commit to the long-term

  • Wide scale of responsibilities

  • Career advancement opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity to work at the forefront of technology and innovation across the fast-paced Automotive market in a new and important strategic location. We offer a market competitive compensation and benefits package including: a competitive salary, bonus scheme, transportation allowances, excellent annual leave allowances, cafeteria benefit and ongoing support for career progression and development. We also recognize that people work in different ways and therefore we offer a home-working allowance to enable support our employees to work flexibly.

Our people are at the heart of our success. If these projects excite you and you like the chance to play a part in shaping the future of the automotive industry, that will benefit the environment and society as a whole, come and help us to accelerate the future, together.

About GKN Automotive:

GKN Automotive is a global leader in eDrive technologies, the architects of an electrified future. Our innovation, expertise and global footprint give us the ability to drive a sustainable future, delivering eDrive technologies, competitively and at scale.

We have been inventing the future for 250 years. Our technologies and innovations made front-wheel drive cars possible and all-wheel drive systems more efficient. GKN Automotive is now at the forefront of the mass production of advanced, efficient, systems for electrified vehicles.

Through continuous innovation and improvements in efficiency, performance, and control systems we are collaborating with global automotive manufacturers, helping them produce the next generation of electrified vehicles. We are the go-to technology partner for leading electrified vehicle manufacturers, with the ability to tailor every eDrive solution, matched to our Driveline technology.

GKN Driveline provides equal employment and affirmative action opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, pregnancy, or disability.