Job: Intern - Purchasing

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Job Description

# of Openings
Job Locations
US-MI-Allen Park
Posted Date
Flex-N-Gate Advanced Product Development LLC (Allen Park)


Flex-N-Gate is a leading manufacturer and supplier of components for the automotive industry, recently ranked 10th of the 150 Top North American Suppliers in “Automotive News.” A growing and vital company, Flex-N-Gate provides a great opportunity for hard-working and skilled individuals.

Scope of the Position:

This position will offer a college intern a defined data analytical experience on a large manufacturing data set. Outcome of the assignment will be to define a strategy and road map for advance purchasing using a specific data set of business awards, Bill of Materials and commodity strategies to layout sourcing strategies for the future. This information will become an integral part of operations going forward with learnings to cross over to automated systems in the future.


  • Interface and network with Sales Managers to understand new business awards
  • Analyze data set on all BOM’s in PLM
  • Interface with Program Managers on timing of source recommendations
  • Organize data by commodity to clearly layout quarterly sourcing events
  • Work with each Buyer on strategy and game plan to source on time
  • Document with each Buyer local and global suppliers, for a robust bidders list
  • Ensure supplier initial evaluations are complete and recorded to the “L” drive
  • Help facilitate readiness reviews at Sandusky and Grand Rapids with suppliers on site
  • Work with Ivalua team to implement any process knowledge for advance purchasing
  • Support or set up action or gate reviews to communicate in advance of launches
  • Develop agenda, facilitate meeting, lead people, set dates and planning
  • Analyze data set on all pre-production material for plants for 2017/18 calendar years
  • Hold brainstorming sessions with key people at Allen Park, Sandusky and Grand Rapids
  • Develop a communication package – road show – deliver message for future success


  • Excel spreadsheets, sorting, digesting, drawing conclusions from…
  • PowerPoint presentations - Educating FNG and Educating Suppliers
  • Communication skills – internal within FNG teams and externally with suppliers
  • Email / Webex / Conference Calls – professional correspondence
  • Manufacturing concepts, planning concepts, product development basics

Preferred Education:

  • Basic Business Administration
  • Basic level of Excel and PowerPoint and Word (Microsoft programs)


• Medical, dental, prescription, vision, life and disability insurance; and a flexible spending account
• 401(k) retirement savings plan with company match
• Extensive safety training, new hire orientation, continuous learning and development programs and tuition reimbursement
• Paid holidays and vacation time

What do our employees have to say?
“It engages you professionally, and provides learning opportunities.”
“Lots of growth opportunity.”
“The company’s young enough to be exciting, but old enough to be stable.”
Not just a job—a great place to work!

Flex-N-Gate is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.


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