Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Strategic Buyer in Grand Prairie, Texas

Strategic Buyer

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  • 11-Apr-2018 to 10-May-2018 (EST)

  • 10610 Purchasing

  • Grand Prairie, TX, USA

  • Full Time

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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. He is also responsible for all North America Entities (USA, Mexico, and Canada).

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. 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

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

  • Local sourcing

  1. Prepare and negotiate supplier contracts: 35%
  • Negotiates terms and conditions of delivery (quantities, prices, deadlines, logistics) with domestic and foreign suppliers on the basic of defined objectives.

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

  • Prepare Request for Information/Request for Proposal

  1. 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 stakeholders 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.

  1. 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.)

  1. Monitor the supply chain process: 15%
  • Leads 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).

    Additional Responsibilities:

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

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Required Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience.


  • Required: Minimum of four (4) years directly related experience within a Procurement/Program/Strategy/Contract/ Sales/Supplier management environment; working knowledge of SAP (MM module preferred)

  • Preferred : Aerospace experience


  • Preferred-APICS certification and Lean Six Sigma a plus

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Required: 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

  • Preferred: Knowledge of Aircraft part

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

  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in written form, and speak and hear clearly during telephone conversations with internal and external customers.

  • French/German language skills a plus

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).

  • Interface with Parent companies and AH group subsidiaries to ensure best value product/services.

  • Selection on worldwide suppliers, Business case validation, Make or buy decision in harmonization company Strategy an internal managers, Risk mitigation.

Organizational information:

  • Reports to Director Strategic Procurement AH North America

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • Ability to negotiate and finalize Procurement contracts with supplier of high $ volume.

  • Launching RFI/RFP's

  • Manage and monitor the Supplier performance assessment (SED)

  • Participate in Product and Sourcing Strategy (PSS)

  • Improve US local content

Nature of Contacts:

Involved, negotation type Communication on a daily Basis 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, on a daily basis

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 (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment and some tools including production tools such as hydraulic lifts. Daily

  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs.

  • Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs.

  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools

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

  • 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.

  • Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice. 10%

  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces. Daily

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.