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Technical Buyer I

Date: Aug 1, 2019

Location: El Cajon, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us


GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 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 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.


What you’ll do 

Job Summary

The Technical Buyer is responsible for effectively managing the acquisition of direct and indirect purchases, including services, to support operations and product development processes.

Job Responsibilities

- Professionally and effectively integrate with internal process customers, suppliers, and external customers at all levels to provide appropriate levels of support, resolve issues, and ensure achievement of company goals and objectives, including reducing cost, inventory, and lead time.

- Accountable for material acquisition and operations support assignments classified as moderate to high with regard to material dollars and degree of dollars and difficulty.

- Responsible for negotiating and managing cost effective, high value, procurement contracts and long term agreements for material and/or services that support internal requirements as well as goals for reductions in acquisition lead time, inventory, and cost while maintaining excellent supplier delivery and quality performance.

- Responsible for effectively managing the acquisition of assigned commodities to support the production requirements as defined by master scheduling, including analysis of MRP, VMI implementation, purchase order placement, and reschedules as required.

- Resolves shipment quality discrepancies by mediating vendor/manufacturing issues.

- Develop long term agreements that support GKN goals and objectives.

- Develop new and existing suppliers and integrate them into lean manufacturing philosophies.


Required Qualifications 


- Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate discipline or additional equivalent experience required.

- 5+ years’ experience with indirect purchasing/procurement in a manufacturing environment required.

- Experience with Materials Resource Planning (MRP), including the ability to read and understand MRP reports required.

- U.S. Person.


Additional Qualifications


- CNC machining / cutting tools experience and/or tooling engineering experience highly preferred.

- CPM/APICS certification preferred.

- Aerospace industry experience preferred.

- Knowledge of government and operating unit contracting, legal and regulatory requirements.

- Negotiation and program management skills.

- Experience in blueprint reading, engineering drawings & specs.


Diversity and Inclusion


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.


Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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