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Supplier Program Manager - St. Louis, MO

United States
Work Location:
St Louis
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

About the Opportunity:

Develop and implement Material Commodity Strategies that support the business unit, functional and GKN Aerospace goals through the use of leveraged sourcing and optimization of the supply chain. Develop and maintain relationships with strategic suppliers on assigned commodities.


What you’ll do:

  • Represent the SC functional leadership team as the Integrated Product Team (IPT) Program Interface within that business organizational structure.
    • Act as lead coordinator to the SC Core Team
    • Procure Tooling with guidance from the tooling engineering department.
    • Expedite and track all SC related requirements to the Program, including tooling.
  • Assist in the development of annual material and procurement budgets. Identify and implement strategies to achieve goal / objective.
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies and objectives in support of the business unit, functional and GKN Aerospace objectives.
  • Act as the site expert for assigned commodities. Maintain current knowledge of assigned commodities, report on associated market trends, and maintain intelligence on assigned suppliers and on supply and demand dynamics in the marketplace.
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure the supply chain is capable to support the business and deliver best value products.
  • Develop and maintain supplier and material spend databases.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of supply chain portal and other supplier communications. Act as the lead agent for supplier contract negotiations on commodities as assigned. Administer purchase orders from creation to delivery of goods, including expediting as necessary. 
  • Represent GKN in an ethical and professional manner.
  • Act as the lead coordinator for supply chain in the development of material estimates for new business proposals. Develop and establish costed bills of material for use in proposal development by Contracts and Estimating department.  Lead audits for material pricing with customers or government agencies. 
  • Develop and implement new supply agreements and establish new material sources as needed to meet all business requirements. 
  • Project Manager for Supply Chain on new programs.
  • Support GKN Aerospace supply chain goals and initiatives as directed.
  • Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for the effective performance.
  • Performs other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.

About You:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain or related discipline is preferred and/or a combination of education and relevant experience in lieu of degree may be considered.
  • 5+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, procurement or other relevant technical field. Aerospace experience preferred.
  • Strong personal computer skills (MS Office Suite), specifically Excel and PowerPoint expertise, and strong grounding in ERP systems and software are required.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25%
  • Mathematical and financial acumen required


Additional Qualifications:

  • FAR/DFAR knowledge a plus.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Must have strong negotiating skills including experience in commodity negotiations.
  • Must have strong Project Management knowledge and experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Estimating, including RFQ activity and development of proposals
  • Ability to read Aerospace drawings and models preferred
  • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels of an organization
  • CPIM Certification
  • PMP Certification
  • CPM Certification
  • MBA
  • Six Sigma Green Belt+ Certification
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements


About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s 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 Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

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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