Purchasing Director, SPS


Key information

Support functions
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Carson, California, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
Bachelor's Degree
More than 8 years

Job description

The individual in this position provides leadership and guidance in purchasing initiatives throughout Safran Passenger Solutions. This individual will develop strategies and implementation plans to optimize the Total Cost of Ownership of SPS purchases, for both direct and indirect purchasing. This individual will work closely with business units Purchasing Teams to establish consistent roadmaps, monitor execution, identify synergies, share best practices, implement efficient processes & tools, and develop skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • • Establishes the SPS Purchasing Strategy, consistent with the SPS Strategic Plan and the Safran Purchasing Policy.
  • • Coordinates the deployment of the SPS Purchasing Strategy across the various SPS businesses, both for Direct Purchasing and Indirect Purchasing, taking into account the specificities of each Business Unit: products and services, customer requirements, existing supply base, localization.
  • • Responsibilities related to Direct Purchasing:
o Establishes and maintains the SPS Purchasing Dashboard, based on SPS businesses data from different systems: Supply Base characteristics, volume spend.
o Establishes Commodity Strategy, together with the various SPS businesses
o Supports the SPS businesses in their actions to implement the Commodity Roadmaps
o Promotes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in Suppliers selection and resourcing opportunities, by leveraging on SPS volumes and Suppliers Performance
o Coordinates Supplier Performance Management (SPM) / Supplier Development (SD) initiatives across SPS
 Implements common SPM-SD scheme for Suppliers working for several SPS businesses
 Optimize SPM-SD scheme by leveraging on regional resources and on Safran resources
o Maintains the Risk Mapping related to SPS Supply Base and ensures efficient execution of the risk mitigation actions with the SPS businesses
o Identifies Buy-to-Make opportunities and participates to the decision making with SPS businesses
o Communicates changes in Safran policies and procedures (ex: GRPs) to the SPS businesses, supports the gap analyses as required, and ensures compliance
o Establishes and maintains the set of SPS policies and procedures applicable to several SPS businesses, together with the involved SPS businesses (ex: supplier qualification / selection process)
o Coordinates the network of the Purchasing Directors / Managers of the SPS businesses, to share best practices. Identifies common areas for improvement and coordinates the implementation of transverse action plans.
o Implements common Purchasing Tools across the various SPS businesses, where relevant.
o Contributes developing the skills of the SPS Purchasing Teams, and implement common training plans where appropriate, in collaboration with Safran Corporate University.
o Ensures an efficient link with the Safran Purchasing Committee on all the above

Job requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience – Minimum 10 to 15 years of experience in a management or coordination role in purchasing activities. BA or BS degree required.

  • - Demonstrated excellence in deploying purchasing policies and commodity roadmaps, and in monitoring execution against defined targets
  • - Experience in establishing performance oriented contracts with Suppliers
  • - Experience in deploying Total Cost of Ownership models, and in measuring demonstrating savings
  • - Familiar with risk management principles and tools
  • - Ability to maintain Scorecards based on data from different systems, and use them to propose and make decisions
  • - Experience working in a fast-paced environment where you need to work well with many other teams, and go beyond the traditional boundaries of the role
  • - Strong organizational skills, with displayed desire to refine broader workflows and processes
  • - Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team, and work transversally
  • - Capacity to coach and train teams from various business functions, and from various cultures
  • - Flexible and able to multi-task and demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems
  • - Demonstrated drive to identify and creatively expand areas of mutual interest between parties in a negotiation or existing partnership
  • - Strong written and verbal communication skills

Other Qualifications – Safran Passenger Solution complies with all United States export law and regulations, including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations, the ITAR, and Office of Foreign Assets Controls Regulations. Candidates who wish to be considered for positions whose activities are subject to export control laws must be one of the following: (a) a citizen of the United States; (b) a lawful permanent resident of the United States; or (c) a person admitted into the United States as an asylee or refugee.

Complementary description

  • • Responsibilities related to Indirect Purchasing:
o Supports Safran Purchasing to deploy the established Purchasing Strategy across SPS businesses: new or revised contracts with new or current providers
o Identifies savings opportunities, together with the SPS businesses, and submits decision making data to Safran Purchasing
o Coordinates the “Synergies” projects between Safran legacy sites and ex-Zodiac sites, defines savings targets and monitor progresses against targets
  • • Proactively reports to senior leadership on successes, potential issues and action plans.
  • • Maintains positive and proactive relationships and communication with BU leadership teams.
  • • Other duties as assigned.

Specificity of the job

  • - Ability to travel domestically up to 25% of the time, as well as internationally.

Company information

Safran SA

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

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