Purchasing Sr. Specialist

Requisition ID:  1633

Torrance, CA, US, 90501

Workstyle:  Hybrid
Shift:  1st
Salary Range:  $79,700.00 - $119,600.00

What Makes a Honda, is Who makes a Honda

Honda has a clear vision for the future, and it’s a joyful one.  We are looking for individuals with the skills, courage, persistence, and dreams that will help us reach our future-focused goals. 

 At our core is innovation. Honda is constantly innovating and developing solutions to drive our business with record success.  We strive to be a company that serves as a source of “power” that supports people around the world who are trying to do things based on their own initiative and that helps people expand their own potential. To this end, Honda strives to realize “the joy and freedom of mobility” by developing new technologies and an innovative approach to achieve a “zero environmental footprint.”

We are looking for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, continuous improvement values, and a strong work ethic to join our team.

If your goals and values align with Honda’s, we want you to join our team to Bring the Future!


Torrance, CA

Job Purpose

This position manages service part inventory for fast, medium, and new model parts supplied by Honda Motors, and other overseas Honda Affiliates to ensure appropriate inventory levels while maintaining high service level to our domestic and export dealer network. 
In addition this position is also responsible for (but not limited to) the inventory management and/or project coordination of new technology parts, special projects which will require reviewing both system computer generated reports/screens and need manual forecast/order decisions.  In addition, off-line forecasting tools and product knowledge must be solicited/applied for these new technology parts as there is no prior precedence to which purchasing decisions maybe based on. 

Role will include gathering purchase price, collaborate / coordinate methods to improve supply chain efficiency and inventory optimization 
 Total part number population is approx. 40k, representing $100M in annual demand and $25M in inventory.  

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead department activities such as Service Level recovery.  Conduct meetings with supplying entities to improve recovery efforts. Analyse / CAPDO impact areas to  determine next steps to follow PDCA activity flow (ie forecast, order, expedite, etc  follow-up with supplier for condition improvement)
  • Forecast Exceptional Items & Order Exceptional Items. Analyse demand forecast for replacement parts.  Identify and correct problem areas.   Evaluate and revise as needed the computer suggested order quantities to meet vendor requirements while achieving high service level and minimum inventory level
  • Project Coordination – A Sr Specialist will be assigned involvement in department and / or division projects. Communication/data gathering with Honda Japan, Affiliates and AH Division as appropriate. 
  • Training and associate development of junior associates & contingent staff.
  • Monitor and process DTR’s as needed, Maintain invoice payments from not being delayed. 

Qualifications, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, finance, mathematics or equivalent.  Some experience in supply chain, working knowledge of inventory control, forecasting, supply chain, preferred.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in information systems, inventory control, demand forecasting, purchasing, procurement, supplier performance or relevant education
  • Advance math, statistical, inventory, forecasting skills and knowledge
  • Analytical thinking capabilities (problem solving) with excellent communications skill.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office and data mining software knowledge communications skill.
  • Communication, Planning and Organization skills



Total Rewards and Benefits

What differentiates Honda and makes us an employer of choice?

Total rewards:

  • Competitive base salary  
    • Pay will be based on several variables that includes but not limited to geographic location, work experience, education, etc. 
  • Annual Bonus
  • Industry-leading Benefit Plans (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Paid time off, including vacation, paid holidays, sick time, and personal days
  • 401K Plan with company match + additional contribution
  • Relocation Eligible
  • Lifestyle Bonus


Career Growth:

  • Advancement opportunities
  • Career mobility 
  • Education reimbursement for continued learning
  • Training and Development programs

Additional Offerings:

  • Wellbeing program
  • Community service and engagement programs
  • Product programs
  • Free drinks onsite

Honda is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.

Bring the Future

Honda is driven by a passionate workforce that is proud of the quality products we produce and the goals we aim to accomplish. Our associates charge forward through guidance of the Honda 2030 Vision: Lead the advancement of mobility and enable people everywhere in the world to improve their daily lives. 

You’re invited to
bring your skills, bring your background, and  bring the future at Honda. 

Apply today.  

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