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Buyer - Phoenix, AZ

Date: Feb 20, 2021

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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

The Buyer will support the HTF7000 Program and carry out procurement processes, standards, and operational plans, cost analysis. They will develop and manage supplier relationships and collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive continuous improvement under minimum guidance. The Buyer should be driven, flexible and able to deal with ambiguity. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the procurement cycle for assigned suppliers, including PO management, reschedule, expedite that are inline with inventory strategy. reconcile invoice. 
  • Ensures product is delivered on time, of top quality, and at the correct price.
  • Validate and communicate to suppliers all firm orders and forecasts.
  • Anticipate any delivery delay from suppliers and manage emergency activities.
  • Manage all aspects of the supplier relationships, including delivery and quality performance.
  • Proactively communicate/escalate to the management team potential delivery issues/constraints to trigger preventive actions in order to mitigate supply failure risk.
  • Ensure compliance with all GKN policies.
  • Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for effective performance. 
  • Perform other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain or related discipline required. 
  • 2+ or more years of experience in procurement and/or material control in a manufacturing environment required.
  • Intermediate experience/knowledge of MS Excel required.
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and/or site SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Effective teamwork, integrity, and collaboration skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective planning, organizing, communication, and conflict management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in an ever changing environment.
  • Aerospace industry experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of purchasing systems and procedures. 
  • Ability to interpret drawings, specifications, etc.
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Experience in ERP systems (LN) and software.

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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