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Operational Buyer (Site)

Date: Jun 18, 2022

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Join us and keep the world moving.


A Truly Global Business

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn.


Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!


Making a Difference

It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.


Sitting across our three business lines; Civil, Defence and Engines at our East Cowes manufacturing plants you’ll do just that. Established in 1901, one of our older production sites with a workforce of cira 800 employees. Our East Cowes plants, Isle of Wight are where we design, manufacture, test and repair high performance structures and systems. We have two facilities on the Island; Falcon Yard, Ferry Road and Osborne Site, Saunders Way. Both locations employ the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market. Our customer base includes Airbus, Astronics, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Honeywell, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and Triumph

Job Summary

As an Operational Buyer, reporting into the Supply Chain Manager you will be accountable for the order processing of in-contract scheduling along with the management of supplier delivery performance in line with MPS and business requirements. Additionally you will deliver against supplier and business performance objectives, focused on procured parts delivery across a scope of up to £10m spend. You will join the procurement team and take responsibility for:


  • Supplier scheduling in line with MPS and the accuracy of supplier and procured parts data within the MRP system to ensure that demand signals minimise shortages and eliminate unwanted inventory
  • Daily maintenance of supplier performance including committed dates for delivery; ensuring accurate information is held within the supplier schedules, identification of supply risk, constraints and bottleneck; escalating as required. Ongoing performance management.
  • Supporting the Procurement Operations Manager or Site Procurement Manager to deliver the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process in regards to external supply reviews
  • Maintaining external capacity reviews in line with MPS
  • Guaranteeing multi-function team reviews are taking place with key suppliers
  • Providing daily communication with internal customers and receiving areas
  • Adherence to standard procurement processes and daily regimen/management tasks
  • Ownership of the supplier scorecard process to ensure that supplier performance is communicated to all levels of the supplier and is regularly reviewed as part of multifunction team reviews
  • Supporting SQE on supplier non-conformance and processing of supplier returns and claims
  • Ensuring prompt supplier payment by clearing any invoice queries
  • Ensuring adherence to the Health and Safety policies and procedure.

How You'll Contribute:


To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Degree Qualified or at least 2+ years experience in either Supply Chain Management /Procurement roles
  • Computer literate; proficient in Microsoft Office; Excel, Outlook and Word
  • Regular travel to suppliers for the site
  • Occasional global travel
  • Degree Qualified in Business Administration desirable, although not essential
  • APICS / MCIPS qualification desirable, although not essential
  • MRP Proficiency desirable, although not essential



What We’ll Offer


Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme – A defined contribution scheme where GKN will pay 1.5 times the member contributions (up to a maximum company contribution of 12%).
  • As a member of the Pension Scheme, Death in Service cover (Life Assurance) of 8x salary
  • Group Income Protection (as part of the Pension Scheme) 
  • 190 hours holiday + bank holidays
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme and access to a Bereavement helpline
  • Dedicated Wellbeing Champions, qualified in Mental Health First Aid
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment



As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you!


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working

Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.


We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.



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