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Global Commodity Manager - Aftermarket

Date: Oct 2, 2021

Location: East Cowes, GB Bristol, GB Portsmouth, GB Luton, GB Blythe Valley, GB Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

** Can be based at any UK site, preferrably East Cowes **

The Aftermarket (AM) Commodity Manager is responsible for managing all procurement expenditure and product related services, this must also include the development of the Strategic Relationships with existing, former and future Suppliers. The candidate must ensure requirements are met on time and in accordance with the appropriate quality standards, delivering a highly capable and cost effective supply base, focus must be on developing and implementation of the Aftermarket Strategy, giving leadership and direction to the commodity management teams and other areas of Supply Chain management, when required.

The Commodity Manager will support all the relevant Aftermarket products and services for all  operating sites (Cowes, Phoenix, Garden Grove and Netherlands). The role entails operating at a senior level with a high degree of autonomy, whilst managing, mentoring and developing an effective commodity response globally, delivering cost effective solutions for all Aftermarket sites. A key element of the role is to ensure the Aftermarket management strategy is aligned to the individual site and programme requirements, whilst ensuring ultimate value generation for the business. There will also be a requirement to lead local operational procurement teams to support the Aftermarket commodity management projects on behalf of the wider GKN Aerospace business, relevant site and programme.

Job Responsibilities

The Aftermarket Commodity Manager will be responsible for strategic sourcing for  the relevant Aftermarket commodities within the region and global supply chain to ensure GKN Aerospace has maximised it leverage of goods and items procured, reporting directly to the Aftermarket business line and Global Catergory Director: 
Manage new supplier sourcing and selection – ensuring a value based relationship and proposition
Contract key supply chain – instigate variation of terms to provide ongoing AM support
Source routine and non-routine materials, components and supply
Leverage the Global Commodity team for specialist assistance where needed
Manage data transfers to suppliers and act as a POC for technical queries
Work internally with FAI, PMEQ and Engineering team as needed to facilitate supply and approvals
Manage new supplier sourcing and selection – ensuring a value based relationship
Work future obsolescence issues and changes
Support multi-site bid activities
Support multi-site procurement projects under the AM umbrella
Raise RFQ’s/RFP’s upon Suppliers
Raise Purchase Orders – AOG/Urgent/Routine
Manage KPI’s to ensure quality and delivery standards are fully maintaineSupport in the development, coordinate and steer category strategies for the relevant commodities 
Lead, motivate, support and develop Procurement staff members 
Support  the Make or Buy decisions, prepare data and plans for relevant commodity gate reviews.
Support efforts concerning supply base rationalization and supplier development.
Ensure we are Leveraging synergies across the GKN global network. 
Improvement of programme profitability PLP and OPBI through continuous improvement, smart global sourcing strategies, whilst ensure technology insertion  to remain competitive in the global market throughout the programme life cycle. 
Ensuring the cost, quality and time-oriented supply of all required products and services in line with the respective business plans, budgets, targets, and strategies. 
Work in partnership with the Procurement Emerging Markets team to ensure we are meeting the customers’ expectations on developing a Strategic Global Supply Chain network.
Contract Negotiation:  Cost, quality, delivery, cash, compliance and ensure full adherence to the GKN standard contracting terms and conditions, whilst ensuring any specific customer. requirements are captured and flowed down to mitigate any exposure and risk to GKN.
Contract Management : Ensure there is a strict governance in accordance with the contractual obligations between GKN and the relevant supplier via regular contract reviews to ensure supplier contract performance is in line with contractual requirements.
Conflict Management: In the event of non-performance to the contractual terms the category manager will manage all areas of the contract ensuring that as a minimum GKN are held harmless.
Ownership of the Strategic Relationship: The Category manager will ensure there are regular Strategic Reviews which will include all Senior Key Stakeholders, reviews will cover all significant commercial, industrial performance and forward deliverables.
Succession Planning within the Commodity Global network.
Management of delegated budgets, when applicable

Job Qualifications

Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business, or CIPS Membership
Master’s degree

Specific Functional Competencies, Knowledge and Skills Required
•Minimum of 8 years Aerospace / manufacturing experience with 3-5 years Aftermarket experience
•Ability to interact with people of different levels inside/ outside the company and to operate within a team to reach team goals and business objectives. 
•Ability to empower others to achieve results through motivation, recognition and performance feedback. 
•Ability to express information in a manner appropriate to different levels of people & to lead and close out negotiations. 
•Ability to recognize, respond to customer expectations with sense of urgency 
•Ability to take full responsibility for decisions & results even when all elements are not under individual direct control. 
•Ability to set goals consistent with company objectives and to adapt plans to changing environment. 
•Experience in implementing industry leading best practices.
•Proven ability in strategy deployment 
•Excellent leadership skills
•Proven ability to motivate and co-ordinate in a multi-functional environment
•Proven project management techniques
•Excellent communication skills – including first class reporting techniques
•Substantive commercial, negotiation and financial skills 
•Business Consciousness
•Business Ethics
•Influence and Persuasiveness 
•Managing Risk
•Decision Making
•Interpersonal sensitivity

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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