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Global Commodity Buyer - Direct Material

Date: Sep 15, 2022

Location: Papendrecht, NL Helmond, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

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


  • A relevant BSc Degree or equivalent such as Supply Chain, Business or Engineering 
  • CIPS Membership
  • Experience gained from a global organisation 
  • Experience gained from the Aerospace industry
  • Experience of Project Management or Manufacturing Engineering

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 Senior Global Commodity Buyer will be a decisive, ethical and adaptable natural leader who is able to empower others through motivation, recognition and performance feedback whilst clearly and confidently communicating at all levels. The incumbent will be a team player who works well with ambiguity and who has excellent prioritisation, organisation and influencing skills together with a high degree of  customer focus, commercial acumen and emotional intelligence.