About the job
Two key activities of the Procurement Dept. to which I belong are selection of suppliers and fixing of purchase price. I am in charge of pressed parts and spring assemblies. We are required to purchase timely the required number of parts of proper quality at competitive prices. Stable procurement of required parts for a long term is another essential requirement. We have to evaluate suppliers and give guidance to them according to the requirements from various sections. Accordingly, when ordering new parts, we select the most competitive supplier based on the following four evaluation criteria: price, quality, delivery date, and financial state. On the other hand, in order to increase the competitiveness of our present parts, we implement constant improvements upon deliberation with the sections/departments concerned, including structural review of parts and improvement of manufacturing process. In addition, as we are the point of contact for suppliers, we receive their inquiries and requests; we make adjustments and coordination with other sections so that we can give timely answers.
Challenging job worth working
I was a humanities’ student and therefore, at the start in my career I had no technical knowledge or skill required for the procurement job. I am making continuous efforts toward upskilling so that I can understand product drawings. I now realize that good understanding of suppliers is essential for the procurement job; and I think that advice of my seniors and direct communications with diverse types of people are making a great impact upon my growth as a full-fledged member of society.
Success in lowering purchase prices of parts, materials, equipment and other supplies can contribute much to the cause of the company, so it is a job worth working. I addressed RAL10 (medium-term procurement rationalization project) for a period of 2 years after placement in the Procurement Dept. In the future, I would like to take part in the procurement of parts other than pressed parts and spring assemblies so that I can take a broad view of things that allows me to estimate purchase price of the whole product.
A word for applicants who wish to join Fuji Kiko
Amidst the recent change of time mainly due to the economic downturn precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008, followed by the Great East Japan Earthquake, European financial crisis, and long-lasting tendency to strong yen, Japanese car manufacturers have experienced the shrinking of the domestic market, and have established their local production bases overseas, now looking toward external demand. Our company has also been affected a great deal.
Under these circumstances, we, at the Procurement Department, have to address to build an integrated system for the Fuji Kiko Group that enables global procurement. If you are interested in this new attempt and highly motivated to challenge it, our section will be the best choice for you. We are waiting for you to be a part of us.
Career after joining Fuji Kiko
OJT for 1 year after joining the company → Assigned to the Procurement Dept.; Stays on the job for a period of 2 years (as of April 2012).