Motorsports Purchasing Manager

  • Ilmor Engineering
  • Oct 19, 2022
Full time Purchasing-Procurement

Job Description

Every company has a history. We have a legacy and have been building it since 1983. Here at Ilmor, we pride ourselves in delivering the best high-performance engines to all of our clients, providing them with design, development, testing, manufacturing, and conquering racetracks of IndyCar, ARCA, NASCAR, SRX and more.

When we say we deliver the best, we deliver results. We’ll let our resume speak for itself: 21 Indianapolis 500 Wins, 335+ IndyCar Wins, 20 IndyCar Drivers Championships, and 22 IndyCar Manufacturer' Championships.

Reporting to the Director of Operations, you will be a very busy, hands-on, and highly visible leader in a core function of our business. In this role, you will join a team of operations and purchasing professionals who are committed to ensuring every engine we build for the water and race track performs with Ilmor-standard perfection. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Prioritize and direct the activities of Purchasing Buyers (two direct reports)
  • Develop and maintain forecasts, capacity models, and line of balance files for reporting to executive management
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate purchasing metrics
  • Implement and sustain meticulous housekeeping and visual appearance standards
  • Collaborate with the Inventory & Logistics Manager to calculate and maintain optimal inventory levels which balance the risk of parts shortages against the cost of excess inventory
  • Optimize the utilization of EpiCor MRP system to control purchasing, predict problems, and report performance
  • Receive purchase requisitions from internal customers.  Determine best sourcing opportunity through make Vs buy analysis based on optimal combination of cost, lead time, and quality, then issue purchase orders.  Track and expedite delivery as needed.
  • Identify and qualify strategic suppliers to reduce cost and risk of quality and delivery problems
  • Implement strategies to protect against cost increases and reduce PPV, without sacrificing product quality
  • Implement supplier quality and delivery improvements
  • Coordinate with customers, suppliers, and internal departments as the main point of contact for understanding requirements, aligning resources, and communicating commitments. 
  • Receive and enter sales orders.
  • Monitor execution of commitments to customers, and coordinate with internal management to develop recovery plans as needed.
  • Ensure timely and accurate clerical task completion, including purchase order creation, and other tasks
  • Develop face-to-face supplier and customer relationships, travel to suppliers and trade shows
  • Estimated Travel: 10-15%


Required Qualifications

  • Strong command of Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word)
  • 5+ years of experience using ERP/MRP Inventory and Manufacturing Systems
  • 3+ years of purchasing and strategic sourcing
  • 1+ years experience managing direct reports

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (e.g. Supply Chain, Logistics, Business, or similar.)
  • 2+ years of experience utilizing Epicor ERP
  • Understanding of Internal Combustion Engines

This is an on-site position at our HQ in Plymouth, MI.

Nuts & Bolts

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Relocation support is available if needed
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance start on Day 1!
  • 3% Safe Harbor 401k contribution with immediate vesting,
  • Life Insurance, Supplemental & Child Life Insurance, Short Term & Long Term Disability benefits
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 11 Company-Paid Holidays per year
  • Profit-Sharing Bonus Program