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Sourcing Commodity Manager

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

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do.


Who you’ll work with

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

What you’ll do

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.

  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies and objectives in support of the business unit, functional and GKN Aerospace objectives.
  • Assist in the development of annual material and procurement budgets. Identify and implement strategies to achieve them.
  • Act as the site expert for assigned commodities. Maintain current knowledge of assigned commodities, report on associated market trends, maintains 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. Act as lead coordinator and purchase tooling with guidance from the tooling engineering department. Expediting and tracking of current orders including tooling.
  • Support GKN Aerospace supply chain goals and initiatives as directed.

About you

Required Qualifications:



  • BS/BA in engineering, supply chain or business preferred. Combination of education and relevant experience in lieu of degree may be considered.


Required Experience and Qualifications

  • 5 or more years of experience in strategic sourcing, procurement or other relevant technical field.
  • Must have strong negotiating skills including experience in commodity negotiations. Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills. 
  • Strong personal computer skills (MS Office Suite), specifically Excel expertise, and strong grounding in ERP systems and software are required.
  • Mathematical and financial acumen required
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aerospace experience preferred.
  • FAR/DFAR knowledge a plus.
  • Estimating, including RFQ activity and development of proposals
  • Ability to read drawings and models preferred


Candidates must be U.S. Persons with the ability to pass a government background investigation for a DoD Security Clearance at the secret level.   Candidates will also be subject to an employment background investigation to include but not limited to: criminal history, employment and education verification, drug testing, and creditworthiness.  The clearance must be maintained during the time of employment. 



About Us

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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