Zodiac Aerospace In-Direct Strategic Buyer in GAINESVILLE, Texas

Zodiac Seats US, a segment of Zodiac Aerospace, is one of the world's top manufacturers of commercial aircraft seats for airlines and major aircraft manufacturers today. Our primary manufacturing facility is located on a half-million-square foot campus in Gainesville, Texas (approximately 60 miles north of Dallas/Fort Worth). Visit www.zodiacaerospace.com at https://performancemanager5.successfactors.eu/www.zodiacaerospace.com to learn more.

Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems on board commercial, regional and business aircraft; Zodiac Aerospace is also a key player in air safety.

Zodiac Seats US designs, certifies and assembles innovative, personalized and high added value products for First, Business and Premium Economy aircraft cabins. The division focuses on high end products and supports its airline customers throughout the product’s life cycle.

As a company of wellbeing and commitment, Zodiac Seats US ensure your knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude are developed to give you the greatest chance of achievement in what you do. Our four values guide our core day to day operations, and form part of the reason for our success. As we continue to advance and grow our business this is an exciting time to be on board with us.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and execute competitive tenders for goods, services and works in line with the organisation processes and policies to the award of robust contracts.

  • Manage and co-ordinate key projects to proactively drive cost reduction through effective negotiation and supplier selection.

  • Provide professional advice to the organisation where needed for all areas of Indirect spend for goods and services to mitigate risk.

  • Provide support and guidance to the purchasing officer to ensure all policies and procedures are being followed in line with the procurement strategy.

  • Support procurement manager with budget preparation and management of cost savings and vendor reduction plans.

  • Prepare and attend internal audits to ensure process adherence and contract compliance.

  • Build strong relationships with internal and external supply chain partners, to achieve cost reduction and improvements.

  • Review all new supplier requests and carry out credit and suitability checks.

  • Implement commodity strategy as outlined by commodity manager

  • Support group initiatives for improvements and provide data as and when requested.

  • Challenge and continuously work on improving the internal process to reduce waste.

  • Assist in the development of indirect commodity and long term strategy

  • Manage transfer of work projects

  • Identify, assess, and manage risk to the benefit of Zodiac Aerospace.

  • Benchmarking suppliers and make strategic decisions to ensure we achieve Quality, Cost and Delivery to support the programmes and production needs.

  • Negotiate terms and conditions and long term agreements for the benefit of the business.

  • Ensure supplier quality and delivery performance is maintained in line with agreed targets and agreed key performance indicators and service level agreements.

  • Support Supplier Development initiatives.

  • Ensure contract management routines are in place to manage the supply base against agreed contractual terms and conditions.

  • Identify quality, cost, and delivery improvement opportunities, and drive them through to completion

  • Rationalise Supply base in line with Business Plan to ensure maximum economies of scale across multiple sites

Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • A good academic standard of education, CIPS or Bachelors Degree in Business or related field equivalent degree

  • Evidence of continuing professional development within the last 5 years.

  • Knowledge of quality processes

  • Knowledge of modern purchasing tools and techniques

  • Possess good understanding of contracts and legal aspects of terms and conditions

  • Candidate should have a proven record in procurement within Goods & Services


  • Experienced in an In-direct procurement role minimum 5 years experience

  • Demonstrable experience in change management

  • Demonstrable experience in assessing and managing risk

  • Experienced negotiator.

  • Minimum of 5 years commercial buying experience

Skills, Competencies and personal attributes:

  • Ability to communicate at all levels

  • Able to work autonomously

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships across departments, and with supplier representatives at all levels.

  • Energetic and enthusiastic approach to work

  • A strong team player

  • Demonstrable IT literacy in MS Office Software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Projects etc)


Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

It is the policy of Zodiac Aerospace to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.