Senior Buyer (Indirect) - #418723

GKN Aerospace


Date: May 14, 2022
City: Bristol
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
GKN Aerospace
A Truly Global Business



Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener. We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “One GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions. We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!



The Opportunity

Working across our Filton and Western Approach sites where we design and manufacture large complex structural wing assemblies, wing spars, detailed metallic components and wing systems, our new Senior Buyer (Indirect) will look after the commercial management and sourcing of facilities and tooling in our ‘Non-Aircraft’ team. This is a busy and challenging position in a high-performing team which will see you take the lead on in-contract modifications, transfers or new sourcing, communicating both internally and with a range of suppliers. The role will be based on our Filton site



How You'll Contribute



You'll take responsibility for:

the interface between programme and commodity management for new sourcing and change programmes in line with the group commodity strategy



reporting procurement activity and site reviews



the development and support of site cost-reduction opportunities and supplier development plans in-line with business requirements



support commodity managers for the geographic region supplier selection and drive the implementation of global / regional agreements within geographic area



site procurement change control, export control and ITAR



ensuring item / contract data is updated and maintained



developing and supporting site cost reduction opportunities and supplier development plans in-line with business requirements



the resolution of Invoice queries related to pricing



Being an escalation point for any cost / contractual issues with suppliers working with commodity management where further escalation is required



What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:




  • Degree qualified (or equivalent)

  • Previous experience in Procurement / Commercial roles including MRP

  • Previous experience within facilities procurement

  • A demonstrated ability to build relations with a supplier network and having insight in supplier processes

  • CIPS qualification would be preferable

  • The ability to travel between our manufacturing sites in Bristol as well as Luton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and on occasion across our global network


What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:




  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis

  • Opportunity to earn up t 15% bonus + Life Assurance 8 x salary

  • 25 days' holiday + bank holidays

  • Income protection

  • Shopping discounts

  • Cycle To Work Scheme

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment


As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly! We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities. That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you!



A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working



Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN. Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute. It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year. By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work



We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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