Paul Stokes, the head of Ford Motors European purchasing operations, will move to the companys global headquarters in Dearborn effective December 1.
A replacement for Stokes will be announced at a later date, a Ford spokesman said.
Stokes, 60, will become executive director, Americas production purchasing operations. He will be responsible for purchasing activities in the Americas.
Stokes will report to Tony Brown, Ford's senior vice president, global purchasing.
Stokes will work closely with product development and manufacturing operations in the Americas to achieve cost reductions outlined in the companys Way Forward program.
Stokes move comes at a time when Fords European purchasing operations are preparing for changes that will result from the planned sale of Jaguar and Land Rover. Those brands, together with Volvo, make up Fords Premier Automotive Group.
When Jaguar and Land Rover are sold, Fords European purchasing operations will include only Ford of Europe and Volvo. Ford sold former PAG brand Aston Martin in March.
Ford has moved to an integrated purchasing approach for all its brands in Europe in recent years. But it is now preparing for the post-PAG era, insiders say.
Stokes, an Englishman, has been executive director of Fords European purchasing operations since February 2004. Earlier, he was vice president purchasing for Ford of Europe and director of purchasing for Fords alliance partner Mazda.
Stokes joined Jaguar in 1969 and was appointed director of purchasing for Fords Rear Wheel Drive Vehicle Center in the U.S. in 1994.
Philip Nussel contributed to this report