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Corporate Procurement Manager

Date: Jun 17, 2022

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




This position is responsible for administration of purchase of goods and services for Kia America (KUS).

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Manage highest priority / highest complexity procurement projects. Lead and facilitate supplier selection, cost/price analysis of supplier responses and quotes, and contract negotiations.
  • Creation and administration of Request for Information (RFI), and Request for Proposal (RFP), assist operational department to development of statements of work, service agreements, with minimal direction
  • Manage cross-departmental projects and responsible for communication and reporting for large projects affecting multiple business units
2nd Lead and oversee the Purchasing Policy Monitor and Enforcement Process including risk mitigation.
  • Proactively monitor for policy compliance and continued communication and training of Purchasing Policy with Business Units Leadership
  • Create, establish and enforce process to document and report non-compliance matters to appropriate     departments.
3rd Manage the Procurement Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
  • Establish additional vendor information tracking capabilities
  • Develop internal spend baseline for various vendor diversity groups
  • Monitor and track annual improvement goal
Represent the Procurement department with internal and external parties to enhance Kia America’s (KUS) overall engagement with Inclusion and Diversity initiatives.



  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or related discipline or equivalent work experience required
  • MBA a plus

Overall Experience

  • Seven to ten years of experience in purchasing of goods and/or services or related experience. 
  • Complete understanding and experience with analysis and negotiation of various contract types (i.e., firm-fixed, cost-plus, time & material etc.)
  • Experience with integrated purchasing/accounting/financial systems
  • Experience with purchasing of corporate indirect services is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of general accounting practices and principles

Directly Related Experience

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proven ability to perform cost/price analysis
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and quality  
  • Ability to complete assigned projects from inception to completion with minimum guidance
  • Strong negotiation skills 
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and experience with SAP purchasing software is desirable


Demonstrated leadership, analytical, and negotiation skills required.


CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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