04 Nov Ryan B, Purchasing Associate
A Day in the Life of Ryan B., Purchasing associate for a major automotive manufacturer; Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
MBA Operations Management
What I Do
I am responsible for purchasing wiring harnesses for all the electrical systems for about four different lines of vehicles. All of the electrical components in your car are connected by what we call a “wiring harness.” I negotiate prices for wiring on the entire vehicle line.
For example, when we do modeling changes, changes to the wiring system almost always result. Consequently, I have to piece together or cost out what the entire organization believes is the true cost of a wiring harness—based on how much and what types of wiring are needed.
I begin this process by interviewing people internally, then arriving at an answer or cost that is our end goal. In the negotiation process with suppliers, that answer or true cost changes, so I am in front of the suppliers negotiating the pricing, too.