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Tactical Buyer

Date: Jul 27, 2019

Location: Helmond, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

As a Tactical Buyer you fulfill a key role in realizing the procurement objectives of GKN Fokker Landing Gear. Based on your market knowledge and your experience with complex multi-disciplinary procurement processes, you link the market's potential to the objectives of the business. You act as a substantive and solid business partner for the internal customer and as a leader of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists and operational purchasers.

This is a new role due to team expansion.

Job Responsibilities

Tasks and responsibilities:
The most important areas of responsibility directly reflected in the strategic direction of GKN Fokker Landing Gear: growth in new construction of critical parts for Aerospace, growth in MRO and growth in innovative (composite) materials. This requires a development in the supply chain that is characterized by high flexibility, long-term programs and contracts, compliance with flight safety and military requirements, working capital management, the development of industrial partnerships and the reduction of the supply base.

  • Exploring the domestic and foreign suppliers market for (alternative) suppliers and monitoring and converting developments in the market into a sourcing strategy.
  • Analyzing supplier data and making suggestions about supplier selection;
  • Advising and informing relevant stakeholders with regard to market developments;
  • Advising on possible improvements in the supply chain process and the implementation thereof.
  • Guiding and assessing requests for quotations with regard to Quality, Logistics, Technology & Total Cost (QLTC), in which compliance such as export classifications in particular is essential;
  • Drafting, negotiating and concluding long-term contracts;
  • Negotiating, about quality, price, delivery time and delivery conditions, fitting within the strategy for which you provide; You are the chairman of the Supplier Account Team in which various specialists have a seat.
  • Conducting audits in order to develop and safeguard the quality of the supply base;
  • Maintaining an excellent relationship with suppliers about (QLTC) delivery, complaints, discussing deviations etc, in those cases where the Operational Buyer needs specific support;
  • Management of the Operational Buyer team to implement strategy on daily practice;
  • The initiation and implementation of cost improvement, quality improvement, delivery reliability, and cash generating initiatives.

Job requirements:
To be able to fulfill this function successfully, knowledge is required from:

  • Current procedures and guidelines with regard to purchasing;
  • Negotiating techniques;
  • The legal consequences of contracts and contracts;
  • Knowledge of the technical production / Aerospace products and supplier market is a strong advantage;
  • Administrative and logistical processes within the company including the mutual cohesion;
  • The English and Dutch language, German is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of ERP systems;
  • Experience in a discrete production environment is a plus;
  • Procedures, business rules and safety, quality, environmental, security & export compliance regulations as far as applicable for the function.

In terms of personality, you fit best in the team as you:

  • Are a team player with managerial capacities;
  • Has a healthy dose of humor and resilience;
  • Result oriented;
  • Have a positive energetic personality;
  • Take ownership and expect this from others;
  • Communicative very strong;
  • Building and managing relationships internally and externally;
  • Has WO working and thinking level. Technical background is necessary.

You report to the Supply Chain Director and the internal client regarding progress on the base of a set KPIs that are in line with the strategy that you have also drawn up.


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