Overview

Analyze, order, and control spare parts inventories for Suzuki automotive, motorcycle/ATV, and/or marine products at the three parts distribution centers in order to meet established parts supply and inventory objectives. Analyze and review parts demand forecasting, parts procurement, maintenance of parts master file, annual physical inventory, and resolution of parts discrepancies.  Communicate with management, regional PDCs, vendors, and dealer network to maintain accurate and sufficient inventory levels. Assist Inventory Control Manager with parts systems analysis and development, special procurement activities, parts system maintenance functions, and parts obsolescence program.

Principal Tasks

·          Forecast spare parts demand for U.S. market, using 36-month demand history. Determine new model parts requirements based on similar parts demand history. Initiate required domestic and overseas purchase orders to procure parts to meet/exceed department objectives for initial supply rate, cross-shipment rate and inventory months’ supply. Control air freight costs within budget parameters.

·          Review daily backorder results and place necessary urgent, regular air, or rush orders with vendors to cover immediate demand requirements. Request expedited receipt at PDCs for parts with high levels of backorder lines.

·          Review purchase order activity and coordinate with local vendors and PDCs to receive orders and process invoices within established timeframes. Maintain Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) dates in computer system. Expedite purchase orders past due for all vendors (foreign & domestic).

·          Resolve Parts Inquiry Reports (PIR) concerning shipping, packaging, and quality discrepancies that involve parts inventory. Communicate with vendors, PDC personnel and parts management to make necessary adjustments and reordering decisions. Interact with National Parts Coordination, customer service, PDC and field staff to resolve parts issues.

·          Determine order quantities for initial order for new model motorcycles, automobiles, and marine engines.

·          Assist Inventory Control Manager in various designated tasks, such as obsolescence parts destroy, parts kit update, parts demand maintenance etc. Assist inventory control section with various responsibilities such as inputting purchase orders and receipts, and distribution of reports. Recommend and assist with parts system development and procedure improvements.

·          Coordinate the setup and maintenance of parts master records for new parts and interchanged parts. Establish accurate parts information for report group codes, pricing, inventory types, etc. Assist internal SMAI staff with parts information inquiries

·          Assist cycle count at the Parts Distribution Centers including monitoring and analyzing the count progress to ensure a time, cost- effective, accurate check.

Independently order parts from vendors to maintain inventory levels to achieve high dealer and customer satisfaction. Communicate with vendor personnel to resolve outstanding issues regarding pricing, supply or quality concerns. Interface with all levels of company sales and service staff to address parts supply information.

Minimum Qualifications

·       A minimum of five years experience in a high volume Inventory Control activity or spare parts purchasing environment.

·       Strong analytical skills.

·       Exceptional numerical aptitude.

·       Effective oral/written communication skills.

·       Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.

Preferred Qualifications

·       A four-year college degree.

·       College course work in statistics, mathematics or forecasting models.

·       Work experience in the motorcycle or automotive replacement service parts industry.

About Suzuki Motor USA, LLC

About Suzuki Motor USA, LLC

Suzuki products have been distributed in the United States since the 1960's. Headquartered in Brea, CA, Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. has nearly 130 employees in the office and in the field across the U.S. servicing our  motorcycle networks. Suzuki Manufacturing of America, Inc. operates in Georgia with over 100 team members assembling Suzuki ATVs. Suzuki Marine USA, LLC operating in Tampa, FL, has about 100 employees in the office and in the field across the U.S. marine dealer and boat builder networks. While Suzuki stopped selling autos in the US market in 2012, Suzuki Motor Corporation remains a leading manufacturer and distributor of automobiles globally.  Although part of a larger organization, we offer a small company feel and work life balance. As new staff join the company and we prepare for future successors, we are proud that over half of our staff at Suzuki Motor USA, LLC has been together ten years or more.