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Means & Methods Lead

Date: Nov 11, 2022

Location: Tallassee, AL, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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


  • Support the site leadership team and buyers with data to monitor and develop site Procurement Operations processes, ensuring master data are maintained within the Procurement function.

  • Custodian of all function KPIs and master data


Process and project

  • Key site interface with the Global Procurement Means & Methods team. Supports the setting of requirements for means and methods improvement projects and defining and implementing global procurement standards.

  • Leading functional excellence with regards to ERP processes and purchasing means & methods within the site

  • Training of the function in relation to MRP and purchasing process excellence

  • Leads local process improvement projects

  • Own the local procurement process in the site BMS system/quality system manual

  • Ensure local BMS system/quality system manual is updated from and adheres to internal (global procurement standards) and external demands (Authorities, Customers etc)

Job Responsibilities

  • Interface with the Global / Regional Procurement Means & Methods function and site Procurement team to support development of Global Procurement means & methods.

  • Accountable for the accuracy and integrity of all procured parts master data including vendor records and quality records.

  • Responsible for forecasting, validating and tracking of inventory levels within Procurement Operations.

  • Provide support and coaching for procurement staff regarding any Procurement systems, MRP data or functionality queries or problems.

  • Accountable for weekly data audits for procurement operations to enable data to be cleansed and monitored by appropriate KPIs.

  • Responsible for the accuracy of reporting stock held at suppliers.

  • Responsible for ensuring that the demand signal flowing from the Supply Chain function into the supplier is accurate, where any demand issues occur within procurement, leading the activity to rectify.

  • Supporting the achievement of On Time In Full (OTIF) delivery from suppliers, through reporting and performing corrective actions to ensure a robust demand signal from the business.

Development and delivery of continuous improvement plans for Procurement Operations processes;

Job Qualifications


  •  3-5+ years experience in MRP functional excellence. Ideally focused around Procurement processes

  • Degree Qualified in Business Administration or IT

  • Working knowledge of program planning, capacity planning, MRP, and ERP technical expertise both from a theoretical and practical viewpoint;

  •  Experience and understanding of the Physical Logistics process

  • A track record of work with cross functional teams



  • Core competences: Analytical ability, Decisiveness, Customer focus, Consciousness of the environment, Organization sensitivity, Planning and organization, Focus on results

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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