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Senior Buyer (Site)

Date: Dec 6, 2022

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world's leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 51 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. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.

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.

About the opportunity

For our Site Procurement team in Papendrecht we are looking for a Senior Buyer. The primary scope for this role will be local indirect spend, for example:
-    Technical supplies
-    Tooling
-    Engineering & testing services
-    Capex < 100k Euros
For site specific needs you lead the sourcing process, you implement the contracts, you ensure compliance, and you realize continuous improvements internally and externally to strengthen the supplier performance to our site.
Further, you collaborate with the global commodity organization during the sourcing activities to stay aligned with global strategy and identify opportinities to strengthen GKN’s overall leverage. 
Of course, where available you act under existing corporate contracts.
Depending on further developments, direct spend responsibilities may be added as secondary scope.

Your responsibilities

In this role you have the following tasks and responsibilities:
•    Lead (new) sourcing on Indirect Spend
•    Responsible for all demands placed upon suppliers to ensure that key objectives of Quality, Delivery and Cost are secured.
•    Drive implementation of global / regional / local agreements within geographic area to ensure contract adherence
•    Ensure compliance (company/national) export control and ITAR regulations.
•    Responsible for the maintenance and integrity of supplier related items in the BOM.
•    Responsible for ensuring item / contract data is updated and maintained.
•    Responsible for the flow down of enabled customer materials, pricing and skyline forecasts to Suppliers.
•    Responsible for developing and supporting site cost reduction opportunities and supplier development plans in-line with business requirements.
•    Responsible for supplier risk management.
•    Responsible for managing Raw Material inventory levels in line with company targets.
•    Responsible for change control.
•    Responsible for reporting procurement activity and site reviews.

What do you need to be successful in this role?

In order to optimally fulfill this role, we require the following:
•    College degree level as a minimum
•    At least 5 years of relevant work experience within Sourcing and Supplier Performance Management
•    Ability to build relationships to drive operational excellence 
•    LEAN certification & mindset (i.e. green belt, black belt or equivalent)
•    A track record of leadership behavior to (indirectly) lead cross functional teams.
•    Proficient in English language.
•    Core competencies: Analytical ability, Decisiveness, Customer focus, Environmental awareness, Organizational sensitivity, Planning and organization.

Our offer

An innovative and international environment in which we work in a High Tech organization with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction. Within GKN you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development.
•    A good salary in grade L2 with a maximum of EUR 5526,-  based on knowledge and experience
•    A lot of changes to build upon your career and personal development
•    Besides a good salary we also have some nice secondary job conditions like 27 annual leave days and 13 ADV days a year. Plus travel allowance in case you have to drive more than 10 km.


Getting started
To make your start as successful as possible, we will provide you with an extensive training programme. The content and duration of this depends on your role and experience and will take place at our location in Helmond. After this familiarisation period, during which you will get to know the processes within Fokker Landing Gear extensively, you will start working together with colleagues in Papendrecht!


For more information about this job please contact Bart Hermsen (recruiter) via

In case of equal suitability, internal candidate takes precedence


Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

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.

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