Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 24-Jan-2023 to 13-Feb-2023 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Competitive Pay
  • 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 six-fold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:

Within the framework of the consolidated North America General Procurement (GP) organization, the Category Buyer is accountable for Indirect Procurement activities and account management at Airbus, with a focus on facilities management to include technical and general services and building construction (the scope may evolve). The Category Buyer drives the operational compliance to the General Procurement Process and Global strategies supporting the alignment between divisions. The Category Buyer is accountable for and contributes to cross-divisional general procurement activities ensuring due process and bundling opportunities are realized. The Category 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:

  1. Procurement Strategy & Category Management: 35%
  • General Procurement focal point for Management and Operations for the any internal customers within the region (i.e. Mobile Final Assembly Line, Corporate office, etc.) 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.
  • Work closely with the global General Procurement commodities and drive 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 commodities 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 commodities, and identifying new vendors.
  1. Drive Sourcing Projects (Call for Tenders): 35%
  • Lead Commodity Multi Divisional Teams (MDT) in RFP/RFI Process for assigned commodities. Values of projects will vary, but generally around $1,000,000 per event. Some RFP/RFI values may be well over $1,000,000 in certain cases.
  • Develop procurement plans and identify opportunities within assigned commodities which support savings program targets at Airbus Americas. Escalate blockages to Key Account Manager or Regional Director, as needed.
  • Manage the relationship with internal business partners, across multiple Airbus divisions, to achieve target levels of customer satisfaction.
  • Responsible for all Operational and Regional Sourcing activities with focus on an assigned commodity.
  • Perform "Local for Local" procurement activities in alignment with the global commodities' strategy, based on GP terms and regulations.
  • Support "Global for Local" procurement activities to provide local insight and support to global and other regional buyers leading sourcing projects
  • Responsible for creation, negotiation and management of contract terms and conditions and communicated with all stakeholders.
  1. Team Leadership: 10%
  • Provide leadership and coaching to less experienced team members
  • Provide support & input to General Procurement Directors/Key Account Manager to set realistic and achievable goals for the team based on commodity strategy, suggested operational improvements.
  1. Procurement & Process Tools Expert: 10%
  • Drive compliance to Airbus General Procurement and related processes through robust communication with internal customers.
  • Resolve general procurement process blockages and recommend solutions to operational and contractual problems.
  • Monitor and, when needed, initiate actions to facilitate timely payment to the supplier minimizing disruption of Airbus processes.
  • 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.
  1. Additional Responsibilities: 10%
  • 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:


  • A Bachelors' Degree in Business Administration or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • A minimum of seven (7) years in Procurement or related functions. Preferred experience with an increasingly higher level of authority and accountability.


  • Certifications in project management & purchasing are preferred (i.e. PMP, CPP)

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Knowledge of Business Case Analysis & Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Approach.
  • Procurement process and advanced negotiation skill.
  • Project Management - Excellent skills to motivate multi-functional teams in situations 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.
  • 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

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

  • Fluency in written and verbal English
  • Additional Languages appreciated (German, Spanish and French etc.)
  • 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)

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • Proficient in G Suite Tools.

Travel Required:

  • 15% Domestic and International


  • Eligible for employment in the US

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • 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

Organizational information:

Direct Reports: 0 Exempt:      



Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • Manage a portfolio of Contracts and call for tender between $10,000,000 and $30,000,000
  • Individual CFT around $1,000,000 per event but may be well over $1,000,000 in certain cases.

Nature of Contacts:

Involved, negotiation type communication on a frequent basis with internal and external parties.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, Standing, Walking, Speaking, Hearing, Vision, Travel by car and plane

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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