Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 01-Oct-2020 to 22-Oct-2020 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Full Time

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services.  In 2015, Airbus generated revenues of 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. 

Airbus is a shareholder of the missile systems provider MBDA, a major partner in the Eurofighter consortium and owns a 50% stake in ATR, the turboprop aircraft maker, and Airbus Safran Launchers, the Ariane launcher manufacturer. 

Airbus is a leading global manufacturer of Commercial Aircraft comprising highly successful families of aircraft ranging from 100 to over 600 seats.  In Defense and Space, Airbus is a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft as well as space systems, equipment and services.  In Helicopters, Airbus is the world's No. 1 civil and parapublic helicopter manufacturer offering the world's widest range of civil and military helicopters.

Position Summary:

Within the framework of the consolidated North America General Procurement (GP) organization, the Senior Buyer is accountable for General Procurement activities and account management at Airbus Americas, with a focus on the Industrial Services & Products commodity (the scope may evolve). The Senior Buyer drives the operational compliance to the General Procurement Process and Global strategies supporting the alignment between divisions. The Senior Buyer is accountable for and contributes to cross-divisional general procurement activities ensuring due process and bundling opportunities are realized. The Senior Buyer is also accountable for cross-functional project management including stakeholder communication related to business-critical general procurement processes and the systems that support them.



Primary Responsibilities:

  • Procurement Strategy & Commodity Management
    • General Procurement focal point for Management and Operations for the Mobile Final Assembly (FAL) internal customers for assigned scope
    • Support Internal Customer (IC) organizations (or teams) and General Procurement in creating and formulating the sourcing strategy by providing data about local suppliers.
    • The Senior Buyer works closely with the global General Procurement commodities and drives local multi-functional teams (MFTs) to maximize visibility on procurement planning.
    • Establish and ensure regular two-way communication with key functional and local customers; manage the integration with assigned General Procurement commodity in North America and worldwide.
    • "Local for Global" - Identification of key/niche areas where the company can plan offshoring and manage the complete outsourcing cycle in alignment with commodity strategy. Act as primary procurement contact for these suppliers in alignment with the assigned commodity.
    • Supplier Relationship Management - Responsible for building relations with suppliers of assigned commodity, and identifying new vendors.
  • Drive Sourcing Projects (Call for Tenders)
    • Lead Commodity Multi Divisional Teams (MDT) in RFP/RFI Process for assigned commodities. Values of projects will vary, but generally up to $500,000 per event.
    • Develop procurement plan and identify opportunities within assigned commodities which support savings program targets at Airbus Americas. Escalate blockages to Key Account Manager or Regional Director, as need
    • Manage the relationship with internal business partners, across multiple Airbus divisions, to achieve target levels of customer satisfactio
    • Responsible for all Operational and Regional Sourcing activities with focus on industrial services and products
    • Perform "Local for Local" procurement activities in alignment with the commodities' strategy, based on GP terms and regulations.
    • Responsible for creation, negotiation and management of contract terms and conditions and communicated with all stakeholders.
  • Team Leadership
    • Provide leadership and coaching to less experienced team members
    • Provide support & input to Key Account Manager to set realistic and achievable goals for the team based on commodity strategy, suggested operational improvements.
  • Procurement & Process Tools Expert
    • Drive compliance to Airbus General Procurement and related processes through strong communication with internal customers.
    • Resolve general procurement process blockages and recommend solutions to operational and contractual problem
    • Monitor and, when needed, initiate actions to facilitate timely payment to the supplier minimizing disruption of Airbus proces
    • Report savings to the Shared Services organization in a timely way through the standard mechanisms.
    • Expert experience in procurement tools (i.e. SAP, Ariba, Coupa, Oracle, etc) is preferred.
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Drive non-flying procurement contributions to projects affecting assigned teams / organizations / commodities. Ensure strong liaison with all GP in the Americas, GP in Europe and relevant business partners.



Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:  (Please provide requirements for technical, behavior and dexterity skills.)


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of in Procurement or related functions. Preferred experience with increasingly higher level of authority and accountability.
  • Certifications in project management & purchasing are preferred (i.e. PMP, CPP)
  • Knowledge of Business Case Analysis & TCO Approach.
  • Procurement process and advanced negotiation skill.
  • Project Management Excellent skills to motivate multi-functional teams in situation of often conflicting objectives (Internal Customer, Supplier, Budget) to perform in-country RFx and procurement projects.
  • Knowledge of North American supplier base and cost structure.
  • Awareness on applicable Laws (labor, IP, international trade).
  • Preferable knowledge of additional functions including: finance, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Ability to influence and support 'positive behavior change' within a multinational company at all levels
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a senior executive audience (internal and external)
  • Proven leadership capabilities and team working skills that can be applied in a complex matrix organization
  • Analytical capacities to synthesize large quantities of complex data to generate meaningful insights
  • Capable of living up to the Airbus Integrity Principles, consistently demonstrating ethical leadership behaviors
  • Proactive nature and strong self-initiative in an unstructured environment
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems and manage conflict
  • Several years of international experience and relationship building capabilities across cultures


Education / Special Qualifications: (Certifications, Licenses, Clearances required)

A Bachelors' Degree in Business Administration or a related field is required. Equivalent combination of education and experience can be substituted in lieu of a degree.

Fluency in written and verbal English.  Fluency in French, German and/or Spanish is highly desirable.



Unique Position Details: (Outside of core responsibilities and education of standard position)



Must be authorized to work in the US.

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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