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Strategic Buyer

Company: Airbus Helicopters, Inc.
Location: Grand Prairie
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Job Description:

Strategic Buyer

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  • 23-Nov-2022 to 07-Mar-2023 (CST)

  • 10610 Purchasing

  • Grand Prairie, TX, USA

  • Full Time

    This position offers the following benefits: Medical insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Prescription insurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Basic & Voluntary Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance, Short and Long-term Disability insurance, Voluntary Accident insurance, Voluntary Critical Illness insurance, Identity Theft & Fraud Resolution insurance, Legal Plan insurance, 401(k), Travel Assistance, International SOS insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Personal/Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Tuition Assistance, Bonus(es). These are our current benefit offerings for the 2022 plan year and are subject to change without notice.
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    Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.
    A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.
    Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international - with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six fold order book increase since 2000.
    Position Summary:
    The Strategic Buyer provides dynamic management of suppliers on the different Airbus Helicopter platforms in order to decrease total cost of acquisition of materials, reduce time to market (Lead time), encourage innovation and improve product/service in terms of quality, reliability, weight, and maintainability. The Strategic Buyer is responsible for procurement action plan: supplier sourcing, supplier management and development, supply chain management, local sourcing, obsolescence, export control, contract management, development follow-up and procurement data update for all North America Entities (USA, Mexico, and Canada)
    Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and negotiate supplier contracts: 35%

    • Negotiate terms and conditions of delivery (quantities, prices, due dates, logistics) with domestic and foreign suppliers on the basis of defined objectives.

    • Conclude individual contracts and master contracts, also under foreign law, within a defined financial budget.

    • Prepare Request for Information/Requests for Proposal

    • Assess the market (competitors, prices & technologies) for parts and equipment: 25%

      • Conduct price and value analysis

      • Lead and/or participate in multi-functional teams for value creation (savings, sourcing, policies, etc.)

      • Support commodity sourcing policy definition

      • Decide on accepting new suppliers, including building up and supporting suppliers and developing and adapting procedures for assessing suppliers.

      • Local sourcing

      • Monitor and evaluate supplier performance: 15%

        • Manage, monitor and update supplier contracts and amendments

        • Consolidate and report results, issues, concerns to management on a regular basis

        • Communicate with relevant parties in the case of a major failure of the supplier

        • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal customer to ensure understanding of their needs by involving them on the development of a strategic vision for suppliers.

        • Monitor the supply chain process: 15%

          • Lead MFT (Multi-Functional Teams) in dealing with Import/Export requirements (ITAR) ensuring compliance with regulations.

          • Ensure that materials are processed in a timely manner through the supply chain system.

          • Handle international business transfers (e.g. Europe - US)

          • Data Management: 10%

            • Work with Data Management team to ensure procurement data is accurate in the ERP (SAP) system

            • Accountable for all Procurement Data in the ERP (Prices, Lead Time, MoQ, Supplier Payment Term...)

              Additional Responsibilities:

              • Integration of Airbus Helicopters Canada and Airbus Helicopter Mexico (One Roof)

              • Other duties as assigned.

                Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:

                • Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience.


                  • Minimum of five (5) years directly related experience within a Procurement/Program/Strategy/Contract/ Sales/Supplier management environment

                  • Working knowledge of SAP (MM module preferred)


                    • Aerospace experience


                      • None


                        • APICS certification and Lean Six Sigma a plus

                          Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

                          • Knowledge of RFI/RFP process; compliance requirements; knowledge of generic supply chain operational procedures and procured products/services risk management

                          • Must have strong negotiation skills

                          • Ability to establish contracts and conduct business case calculations


                            • Knowledge of Aircraft part

                              Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

                              • Ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing, as well as to speak and hear clearly over the phone with internal and external customers.


                                • French/German language skills

                                  Technical Systems Proficiency:

                                  • SAP

                                  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

                                    Travel Required:

                                    • 10% Domestic and International


                                      • Authorized to Work in the US

                                        Decision Making, Complexity:

                                        • Makes recommendations in regards benchmarking (cost, availability, industrialization), Obs, Total Cost of ownership).

                                        • Collaborates with Parent companies and AH group subsidiaries to ensure best-value product/services

                                        • Selects worldwide suppliers, validates feasibility of business opportunities, is the Make or buy decision-maker harmonized with company Strategy and internal manager, performs Risk mitigation.

                                          Organizational information:

                                          • Reports to Director Strategic Procurement AH North America

                                            Direct Reports:

                                            • Exempt : 0

                                            • Non-exempt : 0

                                              Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

                                              • Responsible for viability of our supply chain. Directly influences profit margin and ability to deliver aircraft.

                                                Nature of Contacts:

                                                • Involved Communication daily with internal and external parties

                                                • Internally: AHI (Managers, Directors, Operational buyers) on a weekly basis, Airbus Helicopter Group (France, Germany, Canada, Mexico).

                                                • Externally: Supplier, Completion centers, repair centers daily

                                                  Physical Requirements:

                                                  • Onsite: 90%

                                                  • Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings: Daily

                                                  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms. Daily

                                                  • Speaking: able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications. Daily

                                                  • Equipment Operation: able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment. Daily

                                                  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 10lbs Daily

                                                  • Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 10lbs Daily

                                                  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture. Occasionally

                                                  • Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer. Daily

                                                  • Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving.

                                                  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor. Weekly

                                                  • Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice. Occasionally

                                                  • Walking: able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces. Daily

                                                  • Personal Protective Equipment required: steel toed shoes are required for all shop floor visits; appropriate hearing/eye protection may also be required when visiting the shop floor

                                                    Equal Opportunity:
                                                    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.
                                                    As a leader in our field, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
                                                    As a matter of policy, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.
                                                    Airbus Helicopters, Inc. does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Employment with Airbus is at will, meaning either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.
                                                    NOTE: Airbus Helicopters, Inc. reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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