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Date: Mar 5, 2023

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

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.

Job Summary

The Buyer will be based at our Luton site supporting our Defence and Civil business lines whilst reporting to the Procurement Manager, the incumbent will need to flexible for monthly national travel for supplier visits and there is flexibility to work from home for up to 1 day per week dependent on the needs of the business. The Buyer will be accountable for local commercial management and assigned non-strategic sourcing for an allocated geographical area which is normally a defined scope within a larger site or a smaller site, the incumbent will be responsible for in-contract modifications and minor transfers or new products ensuring that products are sourced at competitive prices in line with aerospace commodity strategy. The role will also include management of supplier delivery for parts sourced as modifications, transfers or new products until FAI is achieved.

Established in 1993, GKN Aerospace in Luton is a world leader in commercial and military ice protection systems and transparencies. Offering a full range of capabilities; design, analysis, testing, certification and manufacture of electro-thermal ice protection, military fast jet canopies and flight deck windows to over 20 programmes including: Boeing 787, Dreamliner, Airbus A320, AgustaWestland, AW101, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed, Martin F-22 Raptor. Our customers include Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Textron, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Leonardo. Our Luton site is home to 400+ employees and onsite facilities including onsite parking, canteen, vending machines and showers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Report procurement activity and site reviews 
  • Ensure geographical area interface between programme and commodity management for new sourcing and change programmes in line with the group commodity strategy
  • Support commodity managers for the geographic region supplier selection RFQ and RFP with the use of E-Sourcing tools
  • Support and ensure parts and supplier transfers and industrialisation (major and minor transfers) through to FAI
  • Drive implementation of global and regional agreements within geographic area
  • Ensure the transfer of parts from PO to schedule including the negotiation of moving from schedule to consignment and DLF etc.
  • Confirm all PO demands placed upon suppliers to ensure that key objectives of cost, quality and delivery are secured
  • Manage site procurement change control, export control and ITAR
  • Ensure the delivery, maintenance and integrity of site BOM
  • Ensure item and contract data is updated and maintained
  • Confirm the flow down of  enabled customer materials, pricing and skyline forecasts to suppliers
  • Develop and support site cost reduction opportunities and supplier development plans in-line with business requirements
  • Ensure supplier risk including use of rate readiness templates and awareness of Dunn & Bradstreet for financials
  • Manage Raw Material Inventory levels for Purchase Order parts in line with programme targets and start dates
  • Resolve invoice queries related to pricing
  • Escalation point for any cost and contractual issues with suppliers working with Senior Buyers and commodity management where further escalation is required

How You'll Contribute

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


  • Level 3 CIPS qualification or working towards
  • Significant purchasing experience 
  • Experience of working with MRP systems
  • Experience of building relationships with suppliers 
  • Experience of working to supplier's processes
  • Experience of working with cross functional teams
  • Experience of delivering on agreed KPI's
  • Experience of leading projects including continuous improvement and tender management



  • A relevant BSc Degree or equivalent in a Business, Engineering or Scientific discipline
  • MCIPS qualification
  • Contract negotiation experience
  • Purchasing experience gained from a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of setting KPI's


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. The Buyer will be a proactive, adaptable, confident and assertive team player with excellent communication and time management skills.

What We'll Offer

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


  • Competitive salary
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 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! 

Why Join Us

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.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply