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Buyer - Panama City, FL

Date: Jul 12, 2019

Location: Panama City, FL, 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 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

As a Buyer, it will be your responsibility to conduct and manage the processes for obtaining goods and services for the company.  To serve as agent for the company in managing supplier relationships and activities. To facilitate the process of sending parts to outside Customers, Suppliers and Vendors and to coordinate the return of parts from outside process houses back to source of need. Coordinate activity between internal departments and outside suppliers to insure parts are ready for transport and documentation to the supplier is clear and accurate. Communicate client requirements to ensure that items being sent out are set up and planned accordingly in the MRP system. Coordinate with the supplier and the traffic office the return of completed parts with required documents, i.e., process certifications.

Job Responsibilities


• Act as an authorized agent of the company with responsibility for managing all supplier-related activities and authority to commit company resources through contracts and agreements. 
• Manage supplier performance and ensures satisfactory contract completion and closure. 
• Mange the receipt and stocking of materials into storerooms and do daily, weekly, monthly inventory maintenance to ensure stocking levels are set correctly to reduce carrying costs as applicable.
• Enter shop requests through purchase requisition system for material needs, source material from approved supplier(s), and generate purchase orders as applicable. 
• Develop and integrate requirements, develops requests for quotations and proposals, analyzes supplier responses, negotiates and awards contracts, and manages post-award supplier activities.
• Interface with internal and external customers and suppliers.
• Develop procurement plans related to cost, schedule, quality, delivery, terms and conditions. 
• Effectively utilize supply chain management tools.
• Serve on multifunctional teams to define quality, delivery and performance standards. 
• Develop and maintains long-term relationships with vendors and contractors to ensure a high quality, reliable source of supplies and information.
• Ensure that planning decisions from external customers and suppliers are incorporated to reduce material and product variability.
• Develop and implement strategies to leverage the optimum prices and delivery schedules.  Ensure the appropriate negotiation of lead times and price in keeping with these strategies.
• Perform all duties in compliance with Company Policies and Procedures and applicable FAR and DFAR provisions.
• Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for the effective performance.
• Performs other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.
Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain or business and 2 years’ experience in a Manufacturing Environment in purchasing and/or supply chain – OR – in lieu of degree, 6 years of experience in a Manufacturing Environment in purchasing and/or supply chain.
• Must be a US Citizen. Must comply with ITAR regulations and site SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

• GKN Experience
• An active secret clearance is preferred, or the ability to obtain one.
• Previous experience in a manufacturing or supply chain environment is preferred.
• Working knowledge of DFAR and FAR, ability to interpret drawings, specifications, etc. is preferred. 
• Strong personal computer skills (including word processing and spreadsheet software skills) are required.
• Experience with ERP systems and software is preferable.


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: Panama City