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Global Commodity Buyer - Direct Material

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: Wellington, KS, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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


The Category Buyer is responsible for managing procurement expenditure and product related services as directed by the Category Manager, which must include maintaining Strategic Relationships with existing and future Suppliers , whilst ensuring 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 the implementation of the Category Procurement Strategy, and support to the category management teams and other areas of Supply Chain management when required

The Category Buyer will support the relevant category management products and services for all operating sites globally on behalf of the relevant site, programme and function. The role entails operating with a high degree of autonomy, whilst being an effective member of the commodity management team, delivering cost effective solutions for all global sites. A key element of the role is to ensure the category 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 support category management projects on behalf of the wider GKN Aerospace business, relevant site and programme.

Job Responsibilities


  • The Category Buyer will be responsible for supporting strategic sourcing for the relevant Category within the region and ensue to maximise leverage of goods and items procured , reporting to the Global Category Manager :
  • Support the commodity team to meet or exceed profit plan goals related to commodities including: Cost Savings, economics, working capital, quality, supplier rationalisation, Low cost sourcing and other agreed objectives.
  • Take Leadership when required for commodity activities in coordination with costing and engineering to drive a competitive advantage for GKN Aerospace.
  • Support in the development, of category strategies for the relevant commodities
  • Ensure self develop in the field of Procurement
  • Support and prepare the Make or Buy decisions, prepare data and plans for relevant commodity gate reviews.
  • Support efforts concerning supply base rationalization and supplier development.
  • Ensure Leveraging synergies across the GKN global network.

Job Qualifications


Basic Qualifications:

•    Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Business, or CIPS Membership
•    Minimum of 5 years Category Management / Commodity experience with 2-3 years in Aerospace industry preferred. 

Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN Experience
•    Master’s degree
•    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.

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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