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Purchasing Analyst

Company: Toyota Motor Company
Location: Costa Mesa
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:


Who we are

Collaborative. Respectful. A place to dream and do. These are just a few words that describe what life is like at Toyota. As one of the world's most admired brands, Toyota is growing and leading the future of mobility through innovative, high-quality solutions designed to enhance lives and delight those we serve. We're looking for diverse, talented team members who want to Dream. Do. Grow. with us.

Toyota Racing Development inspires the hearts and minds of racing fans, Toyota team members, customers and the driving public. We are dedicated to advancing automotive engineering and maximizing racetrack success. We partner with the finest race teams and drivers who share our passion and our actions foster an atmosphere of excellence. In our pursuit of becoming the most respected and premier motorsports engineering organization in the world, we are looking for highly motivated applicants for our available positions.

TRD is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Purchasing Analyst.

Key Responsibilities:

* Creation, maintenance, and distribution of commodity forecasts for internal / external suppliers with a 12-month planning horizon to establish reserved manufacturing capacity in accordance with Lead-time and Production / Development requirements defined by TRD Build Plan.
* Establishes and maintains an Inventory plan for each Engine Spec while directly influencing manufacturing costs through proper planning and proper execution of the Development and Production Cycle.
* Initiates the supply cycle of engines components by analyzing and evaluating MRP (Material Requirements Planning) to assure we consistently meet internal and external customer demands.
* Ensures data accuracy of bill of materials, material allocations, work orders, callout dates and established delivery dates.
* Regular review with Buyers to review Pricing, Lead-time, and Quotations based on EBQ, and Forecasted demand to ensure data accuracy and competitive pricing, using lean ordering principals.
* Timely processing of PCM Orders (Parts Credit Module) placed by external customers and initiation of supply to meet demand.
* Ensures that our plans meet the established internal processing requirements that include WIP and warehouse inventory in time to meet program objectives.
* Schedules and prioritizes operations for internal processing and workflow for various departments within TRD based on established operation sequences and lead times.
* Timely processing of NCR's (Non-Conformance Reports) to assure vendor compliance with quality requirements, and disposition of components that are rejected on the NCR.
* Resolves supplier concerns and evaluates supplier performance in conjunction with Engineering and Planning Management.
* Coordinates shipment of completed product from suppliers as well as parts to customers / teams.
* Timely and accurate communication of supply and quality related issues of Engine components that will impact demand to internal customers (Engineering, Production & Development Build, TRD Manufacturing and the Parts Department).
* Identifies potential shortage situations and initiates actions to limit impact to production schedule. Resolves scheduling issues by maintaining open and professional lines of communication with customers and management.
* Performs and coordinates scenario driven planning activities to provide feedback to Engineering, Manufacturing and Suppliers to support a streamlined implementation plan for Development or Production implementation.
* Timely and accurate creation of Engineering Updates based on the release of TRD drawings or, vendor drawings for engine components, processes, changes or updates to Production and Development Engine Specs.
* Ensures all pertinent information is loaded accurately into ERP System: proper set-up and regular maintenance of part number classifications, and replenishment values (i.e.; Product Class Codes, Lead-time, EBQ, Unit Cost, Commodity Code and Safety Stock).
* Accurate maintenance of Engineering BOM's (Bill of Materials); managing the release of changes to the BOM's, Routes and Engine Kits.
* Analyzes changes to existing manufacturing plans (i.e.; proposed revisions / accuracy / completeness of information supplied by Engineering) prior to release of revised planning to suppliers for manufacture or, the build shop for assembly.
* Ensures the accuracy of Engine Kits and supply of Random Usage Engine Components supplied to the Build Shop.
* Collaborates with Engineering to ensure integrity and accuracy of the TRD Instruction Manual pictures, part numbers, quantity, and location of the engine components.
* Detailed understanding of the structure and content of the Engine Build Plan (Production Build and Development Build Schedule).
* Proactive planning and coordination with engineering department to reduce and avoid inventory obsolescence.
* Commences Project Management planning activities to initiate kick off meetings, defines planning requirements for implementation, oversees execution of the plan, and monitors deliverables through project completion.
* Active and engaged participation and preparedness to facilitate constructive conversation in discipline and supplier meetings. Creation, review, and distribution of meeting minutes identifying action items, assigns process owners for each action item, and due dates.

A successful candidate will have:

* Minimum requirement for this position is a BA/BS in Business (or similar discipline) with an emphasis on Supply Chain Management and or Automotive Manufacturing preferred.
* Direct hands-on experience in Supply Chain Management (including MRP, logistics management, forecasting and planning, costing etc.).
* Direct hands-on experience in ERP/MRP software tools and practical application
* Written Communication Skills: Ability to write in a professional manner to convey ideas in proper and formal form to streamline communication that is easily readable and distributed.
* Problem Solving: Ability to identify problem (analyzing factors and causes), generating alternate interventions for process improvement to achieve expected results, evaluating the best solutions and implementing a plan.
* Interpersonal Skills: Includes strong verbal communication, listening skills, negotiation, problem solving, decision making and assertiveness in dealing with internal and external customers.

Computer Skills

* Highly Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Project, PowerPoint)

Special Skills

* Direct experience with typical race engine components and manufacturing processes.
* Direct experience working with a race team, engine supplier or similar.
* Good working knowledge of race engine architecture, development cycle, and development processes.
* Specialist knowledge in MRP Systems, master scheduling and inventory analytics.
* Mathematic Skills: Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts (such as algebra, calculus and statistics).


* 1-5% of travel

Standard Benefits:

Comprehensive health care & wellness plans

Paid holidays and paid time off

Vehicle Purchase and Lease programs

Tuition assistance

Retirement Plans: 401k and Toyota Retirement Contribution

TRD is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, ancestry, religion, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by law. TRD hires U.S. citizens, permanent residents and temporary residents. Temporary residence status does not include individuals in non-immigrant status (H, B, L, or TN visas) or those with temporary work authorization, such as students in practical training status (F and J visas).

TRD provides reasonable accommodations consistent with its legal obligations. Any applicant who, because of a disability or religion, needs reasonable accommodation or other assistance at any point in the application process, or thereafter if hired, should contact the Human Resources Department by sending an email to

Your application is covered by the TRD Interactive Resolution Policy.

To applicants with a potential relocation:

This position is NOT eligible for TRD relocation benefits.

Due to the nationwide downturn in the housing market, relocation may have a significant financial impact on you, especially if you purchased your home in the last several years. Therefore, if you are an applicant considering a self-initiated move, you are strongly advised to consider your personal financial status in relation to the cost of relocation that you will be responsible for. If you own a home, you are strongly encouraged to consider the current value and its effect on a home purchase in the new location.

To assist you in thinking through the various issues related to a self-initiated and self-financed move, your recruiter will direct final candidates who own a home to our relocation vendor. Although TRD will not assist with the actual relocation, our intent is to make sure final candidates have explored the potential impact of this decision prior to acceptance of an offer.

Contact the Human Resources Department by sending an email to

Belonging at Toyota

Our success begins and ends with our people. We embrace diverse perspectives and value unique human experiences. Respect for all is our North Star. Toyota is proud to have 10+ different Business Partnering Groups across 100 different North American chapter locations that support team members' efforts to dream, do and grow without questioning that they belong. As a company that has been one of DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity and a member of The Billion Dollar Roundtable supporting minority and woman-owned suppliers for over 10 years, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates the diversity of the communities where we live and do business.

Applicants for our positions are considered without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, military or veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Have a question or need assistance with your application? Check out the How to Apply section of our careers page on or send an email to

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