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Category Buyer - Indirect

Date: Mar 19, 2023

Location: Westlake, TX, 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


Negotiation & implementation of country specific corporate contracts for GKN Aerospace. Implement commodity strategies, developed by Category Managers, which leverage GKN Aerospace's spend to deliver significant annual improvements in cost and service levels. Coordinating implementation of contracts through the P2P function at sites and manage compliance. Work with cross functional stakeholder teams to identify business needs and implement contracts which support.

Job Responsibilities


  • Accountable for delivery of the targeted savings identified as part of annual planning reviews to improve bottom line profitability of GKN Aerospace.
  • Negotiate contracts, not covered by Regional/global strategies, where leverage opportunities are identified within country/area of responsibility
  • Contribute to ongoing development of Aerospace Commodity strategy for areas of responsibility
  • Actively participate in stakeholder teams within country/area of responsibility to deliver improvements in contracts (cost, performance, quality) for GKN Aerospace
  • Work with all layers of GKN Aerospace organisation to communicate and gain buy in/ support to commodity strategies.
  • Provide analysis & information to senior management on plans and benefits of actions
  • Lead key negotiation activities with senior level representatives of suppliers to deliver benefits to business
  • Establish data/fact driven analysis of potential opportunities for procurement activities
  • Manage Requests for Proposal / Auction activities within commodities across country / area of responsibility.
  • Work with sites to ensure compliance to corporate contracts
  • Contribute to the development of commodity budgets / forecasts & liaise with sites to embed locally

Job Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years of procurement activities within commodities of responsibility.
  • 3+ years of supply markets for relevant commodities
  • Minimum of 3 years of Corporate and Operations Indirect Procurement experience


Preferred Qualifications :

  • GKN Experience
  • Extensive negotiation experience & skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to engage stakeholders across other functions/ sites
  • Good analytical skills Experience of working within a cross site cross function environment
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo to find benefits / opportunities

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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