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Buyer, Senior

Requisition ID:  95232
Business Unit:  Engine Systems North Hollywood (3100)

North Hollywood, CA, United States, 91605

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Meggitt, a worldwide leader in aerospace, defence and selected energy markets. We believe in our vision of ‘Enabling the Extraordinary: To Fly, To Power, To Live”. These core values – teamwork, integrity and excellence – are what have allowed us to become the company we are today. With facilities and over 12,000 employees worldwide, Meggitt draws on over 160 years of expertise to enhance the lives of people across the globe.

Our Engine Systems division brings together a range of abilities to support aero-engine manufacturers including Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Safran and Rolls Royce.

At Meggitt, we have spearheaded pioneering applied research and technology programmes to develop next generation turbofan cooling. We create thermal management components which operate reliably in extremes of temperature, pressure and vibration on the engines and airframes of leading military and commercial rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

Together, our Engine Systems division is helping to create the engines of the future.

Job Designation

The purpose of this position is to effectively manage large, complex supplier procurement activities and cross-functional relationships ensuring best practice purchasing techniques are applied at all times.  In addition, this role will be responsible to develop, implement, and manage strategic sourcing activities and commodity strategies, support new product introduction activities, and support integrated product teams, aligned with Meggitt policies, processes and direction.

Job Core Responsibilities

  • Manage large, complex supplier relationships to ensure quality, cost, delivery, and responsiveness targets are achieved eradicating and/or escalating problems efficiently both internally and externally to minimize impact on our business.  Develop and agree contracts as required and manage and enforce complex contractual obligations. Drive annual cost down and minimize supplier cost increases. Accountable for commodity Purchase Cost Variance (PCV) performance for designated commodities.
  • Ensure smooth transition from new product introduction to serial production by working effectively with other procurement team members and functions. Represent procurement on assigned New Product Introduction and Integrated Product Teams acting a liaison between these teams and the procurement team.  Coordinate required procurement input and issue resolution in support of team goals
  • Manage new product introduction activities for procurement as assigned taking responsibility for customer requirement flow down, quotation, in-depth quote evaluation, cross-functional sourcing, risk evaluation, negotiating, contracting, working capital/inventory program flow down, ordering, supplier schedule maintenance/adherence, rate readiness, and other complex supplier launch activities including customer support/interaction in accordance with policies, procedures, and company objectives.
  • Support strategic make versus buy activities and cross-functional manufacturing strategy development.
  • Conduct large spend category requests for quotation, evaluation, negotiations, and sourcing activities as directed in order to obtain a full range of products and services from suppliers that meet planned performance targets and Meggitt guidelines. Raise orders and/or other demand signals accurately and on time to ensure all goods and services are supplied in accordance with customer and company requirements whilst at the same time optimizing levels of inventory.
  • Manage day to day activities in support of the procurement of materials and services including obsolesce, engineering changes, part revisions, invoice issues, pricing discrepancies, expediting/de-expediting, cancellations, and the management of defective materials. Ensure compliance with government laws and regulations and company policies and processes. Lead cross-function and senior level meetings internally and externally as required to ensure successful resolution of issues.
  • Manage system and supply chain performance parameters such as supplier contact information, lead times, minimum order quantities, delivery frequency, and schedules. Review performance data related to purchasing effectiveness and efficiency and take a leadership role in driving corrective actions where necessary.  Proactively work with major suppliers and commodities to discover and exploit opportunities for continuous improvement, performance improvement, savings, and other efficiencies by working across supplier and internal organizations.
  • Lead product development, VA/VE, supplier capacity analysis and other supplier engagement processes in support of departmental goals including supplier account reviews and appropriate account review action management.
  • Carry out other duties as may be required within the job holder’s capability consistent with the terms and conditions of employment.

Job Specifications

Education Level:

Required:  Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Years Experience: 5+ years of relevant experience


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

• Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
• Ability to research and analyze data effectively 
• Ability to gather data, to compile information, and prepare reports
• Good/Strong/Excellence verbal and written communication skills
• Presentation skills
• Ability to influence stakeholders
• Excellent customer service orientation
• Track record of building and maintaining customer/client relationships
• Well-organized, detail-oriented, and ability to multi-task
• Ability to work independently and prioritize duties with minimal supervision, in order to meet deadlines
• Strong prioritization skills
• Ability to visualize and plan objectives and goals strategically
• Supervisory skills, including delegation, training and evaluating performance
• Team building Skills
• Conflict management skills
• Decision making skills
• Demonstrated ability to provide cross-functional leadership
• Ability to develop strategic plans to grow the business
• Proficient in Project Management tools (i.e., MS Project) or similar project tool (s)
• Knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices, procedures and standards policy and procedure development techniques
• Knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to federal and state tax codes
• Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers
• Knowledge of computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications
• Intermediate level knowledge of PC software applications and strong understanding of PC operating systems
• A strong technical understanding and willingness to be hands-on in a Microsoft development environment (SQL, WSS, HTML, XML, .NET, JavaScript, AJAX, Silverlight)
• Good knowledge of related technologies such as WPF, ASP.NET, SQL, AJAX, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Subversion, Hibernate, Spring
• Expert technical knowledge of software applications, processes, products, and hardware architecture
• Knowledge of the following communication and connectivity systems required: Microsoft TCP/IP, networking protocols, network printing / printer troubleshooting, file sharing, Internet application connectivity
• Knowledge of Microsoft technologies (SQL Server 2008 (or newer)
• Knowledge of software development lifecycle (SDLC) processes
• Knowledge of ETL development, such as SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
• Knowledge of Multidimensional database development using tools such as SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
• Knowledge of Windows Server components including the registry, file systems, services, and system management tools
• Knowledge of Cisco Call Manager / VoIP


Meggitt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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