Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 09-Apr-2019 to 30-Apr-2019 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Full Time

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 sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:

  • Under direction of the Head of FAL General Procurement, the Project Buyer is responsible for ensuring full visibility of the required contractual data, spend data, and schedule of on-going tendering projects to support the launch of the A220 program in Mobile Alabama. This role includes supporting Senior Buyers who are managing Multifunctional teams (MFT's), drumbeating the various tendering project schedules, and ensuring visibility and escalation of potential risks to achieving schedule and savings targets. The Project Buyer will also help ensure the transition from tendering projects into operational ordering with the Buyers and Internal Customers.
  • The Project Buyer may also be responsible for the acquisition of goods and/or services. They will follow and model Airbus approach on deliveries and contractual terms and conditions.

 Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities:

    • Facilitate general procurement transactions to fill business needs and provide internal customers with goods and services in compliance with the General Procurement procedures and guidelines and with the respective commodity strategies and borderlines defined by the management organization to the customers' complete satisfaction.
    • Ensure full compliance of contract storage & data availability in the applicable tools (eProc & Click n Buy) for Senior Buyers to prepare for MFT's much more efficiently and Buyers to align operational ordering with contract scope.
    • Preparation of spend data analysis available for preparation of tendering projects, contract amendment negotiations, and MFT preparation.
    • Perform "Local for Local" procurement activities in alignment with the MFT's strategy, based on GP terms and regulations.
    • Deliver on initiatives contributing to the FAL and to Airbus Group's Savings Programs using the levers of requirement harmonization/standardization, challenge of the specifications, volume aggregation and control of demand.
    • Develop a collaborative relationship with the various FAL functions to understand and incorporate quality feedback into contact and negotiations with FAL suppliers.
    • Lead & support development and implementation of general procurement techniques and guidelines (e-catalogs/e-brochures, etc.) and other site projects where General Procurement will be heavily involved.
    • Maintain cooperative relationships and engage with them in strategic and transactional activities to improve vendor relationships and enhance customer satisfaction.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements (Skills needed):

  • Five or more years of procurement experience in with increasingly higher level of authority and accountability. Involvement in some fashion with the procurement organization may be able to be considered "years of experience" on a case-by-case basis.
  • Project management skills.
  • Knowledge of additional functions including: finance, operations, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a participant and leader on a work-focused team.
  • Experience working in a manufacturing organization or a similar quality-focused manufacturing organization is highly desirable.


Education/Special Qualifications (schooling, certifications):

  • A Bachelors' degree in Business or Engineering or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Project Management, Purchasing, or Supply Chain Certifications are desirable
  • Fluency in English sufficient to fully engage in negotiations. Fluency in French, German or Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Lifting/Carrying: Able to lift/carry up to 10lbs/5kg
  • Hearing: Able to hear to participate in phone and in-person conversations also able to hear sirens, alarms and other emergency signals.
  • Pushing / Pulling: Able to push/pull items over short distances and only on occasion.
  • Sitting: Able to sit for long period of time in meetings; drafting computer-based documents, sometimes with limited breaks.
  • Speaking: Able to speak and conduct conversations often for extended periods of time in meetings, negotiations and training.
  • Squatting / Kneeling: Able to occasionally squat and kneel occasionally mainly to replace or retrieve items from low storage.
  • Standing: Able to stand for long periods of time, touring vendor facilities, traveling and similar activities.
  • Travel: Able to travel domestically and internationally sometimes on short notice and sometimes for long periods of time.
  • Vision: Able to see to operate a computer and create documents; make presentations in small and large groups and observe items, processes, storage areas, delivery systems, etc.
  • Walking: Able to walk as needed sometimes for extended periods of time and distance for travel; touring vendor premises, etc.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


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