Plant Purchasing Manager

GKN Aerospace Services Alamance , NC 27201

Posted Yesterday

What you'll do

Role Purpose

Lead and direct all purchasing and supplier quality activities for operations within assigned plant. Manage and monitor supplier quality, cost and delivery (QCD) issues in the plant in accordance with the Regional and Division Purchasing standards, policies and procedures. Assist in managing assigned activities of new program launches for the Business Unit to guarantee QCD target achievement.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Deployments

  • In coordination with Division guidelines and Regional Commodity Purchasing strategies, develop and implement business unit sourcing strategies that support the overall business objectives for direct materials and indirect materials in assigned area of responsibility.

  • Lead Material Sourcing activities and support productivity actions implementation.

  • Work closely with the Regional purchasing teams for best practices deployment and breakthrough actions implementation, including interaction with other GKN sites in the Region and Division.

  • Working with local Finance and Regional Purchasing, lead the annual development of direct and indirect material budgets, including cost reduction targets.

Supplier QCD Performance

  • Develop QCD objectives for all commodities in conjunction with the Regional Purchasing leadership (split by plant and by supplier). Implement commodity-based and local sourcing strategies and actions to ensure budget target achievement in all locations.

  • Support supplier performance and development activities to ensure quality, on-time delivery, cost management and service.Liaise as appropriate with internal employees, suppliers and customers to manage critical supplier quality or delivery concerns.

NBA & Program Phase

  • In coordination with Regional Program Purchasing, manage assigned activities in the new program purchasing process in the business unit to ensure the involvement of Purchasing in all new programs from the earliest stage of the NBA phase.

  • Monitor and track assigned activities for the purchasing performance in programs: ensure the control of costs, tooling expenditures, delivery deadlines and quality requirements, and ensure the implementation of corrective actions for any deviation to reach program targets.

Resources & Management

  • Provide leadership and training for plant purchasing and supplier quality personnel to ensure effective performance to meet Company objectives.

  • Lead, allocate and develop relevant resources for the business unit purchasing organization to ensure effective performance to meet Company objectives.

  • Liaise with Regional and Division Purchasing personnel to develop and implement strategies and actions to manage Purchasing activities within the plants and Regional.

Reporting & System

  • Ensure accuracy and consistency of data in the purchasing information systems.

  • Work closely with local Finance and the Regional Purchasing team to report purchasing performance in programs and series.

  • Manage accurate and on-time monthly reporting according to Regional and Division processes and with company tools and systems.

  • Ensure strict compliance to all policies and procedures.

About you

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Engineering (Master's Degree preferred). Similar educational background acceptable.

  • Minimum 5 years' experience as a Plant or Commodity Purchasing and/or Supply Chain Manager in a manufacturing environment.

  • Previous direct supervision experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Automotive manufacturing experience preferred.

  • Purchasing certification desirable.

  • Demonstrated ability of successfully leading large teams located in various sites.

  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and technical acumen.

  • Experience in an international matrix organisation.

  • Excellent computer skills in MS Office, with emphasis on Excel. Additional competencies in the following areas:

  • Database systems

  • MRP/ERP systems (MFGPro and/or SAP preferred)

  • MS Project

  • Results oriented with good written and oral communications skills.

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Proven ability in the following areas:

  • Management and analysis of large amounts of data/information.

  • Team management and ability to accomplish tasks through others.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Project management.

  • Ability to manage multiple activities under strict time constraints.

  • Must have valid driving license and be able to travel internationally up to 25%.

  • Leadership and charisma.

  • Implementing and adapting to change.

Key Responsibilities

Not Specified

About Us

About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world's leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world's automotive manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

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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