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Regional Program and NBA Purchasing Manager

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GKN plc

Alamance, NC

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What youll do

Role Purpose

Structure and pilot the purchasing Programs in the Region to guarantee the QCD target achievement.

Key Responsibilities


Ensure the involvement of Purchasing in any new Program as from the early stage of the NBA phase.

Initiate the APQP and set QCD targets with the NBA Manager.

Validate the purchasing assumptions used for the RFQA before the offer the offer is sent to the Customer.

Program phase (after Customer award)

Manage any necessary hand-over between the Acquisition and the Program Buyers.

Check and update Programs QCD targets with the Program Manager as necessary.

Monitor and track the purchasing performance in Programs: ensure the control of costs, delivery deadlines and quality requirements in accordance with the APQP

Engineer, ensure the implementation of corrective actions for any deviation.

Manage administrative and legal requirements to ensure contractual clarity in relation to orders (prototypes, tooling, open orders), ramp up volumes, etc.

Manage appropriate hand-over between Programs and Plants Buyer at the end of the development phase.

Sourcing decision and Suppliers management

From NBA phase and throughout the Program, propose and document with the Regional Commodity Buyers sourcing options in line with the Divisions commodity strategies.

Manage Supplier relationships in Programs and assess their performance.

Resources & Management

Allocate relevant resources at the very early stages and review resource requirements during NBA and Program phases according to the Program type & priority level.

Manage the NBA and Program buyers (Direct report for Regional or Functional report for Plants).

Database and Tools

Maintain the global purchasing Program database

Contribute to the development of and use Divisional standard tools for costing and

APQP and global Program purchasing management.

Reporting and System

Ensure the Program Purchasing Tracking Tool is kept updated.

Ensure regular reporting for his or her Programs in terms of Cost, Quality and Delivery.

About you

Required Qualifications:

Bachelors Degree in Business or Engineering (Masters Degree preferred). Similar educational background acceptable.

Minimum 5 years experience as a Plant or Commodity Purchasing and/or Supply Chain Manager in a manufacturing environment.

Previous direct supervision experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Automotive manufacturing experience preferred.

Purchasing certification desirable.

Demonstrated ability of successfully leading large teams located in various sites.

Understanding of manufacturing processes and technical acumen.

Experience in an international matrix organisation.

Excellent computer skills in MS Office, with emphasis on Excel. Additional competencies in the following areas:

Database systems

MRP/ERP systems (MFGPro and/or SAP preferred)

MS Project

Results oriented with good written and oral communications skills.

Strong negotiation skills.

Proven ability in the following areas:

Management and analysis of large amounts of data/information.

Team management and ability to accomplish tasks through others.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Project management.

Ability to manage multiple activities under strict time constraints.

Must have valid driving license and be able to travel internationally up to 25%.

Leadership and charisma.

Implementing and adapting to change.

Key Responsibilities

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About Us

About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the worlds leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the worlds automotive manufacturers.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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GKN is a global engineering group. Every day around the world we drive the wheels of hundreds of millions of cars, we help thousands of aircraft to fly, we deliver the power to move earth and harvest crops, and we make essential components for industries that touch lives across the globe. We work at the cutting-edge of manufacturing, creating new technologies and innovative products for our global customers. Together we are over 58,000 people across more than 30 countries – a global engineering network with endless opportunities for people with the ability and drive to help us grow.

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