Commodity Manager - Metals

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Key information

Support functions
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Gainesville, Texas, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
Bachelor's Degree
More than 5 years

Job description

Occupational Summary:

The Commodity Manager (CM) working in conjunction with related supply chain functions will create processes for the on-going selection, assessment, and measurement of a global strategic supply base. The CM will also work with the Quality to continuously improve product and service performance, ensure good manufacturing practices are utilized. The CM will focus on commodity strategy and supplier rationalization by analyzing market trends, drives to achieve business requirements both current and future, keeps informed of advanced manufacturing technology developments, and which suppliers (current or new) are able to bring the best products or services to SSUSA at the lowest price without any degradation in quality, delivery, and customer service.

Duties and Responsibilities (essential functions):

A) Identify, establish, negotiate, and maintain agreements with a global supply base to support SSUSA businesses with products or services, purchased directly or indirectly, for the manufacture or assembly of products sold to our customers ensuring that all customer flow down requirements are included.
B) Maintain all Long Term Agreements (LTA) contracts to ensure that renewals and other date sensitive requirements are met and communicate the status to all SSUSA locations.
C) Ensure that adequate technical information is present on contract documents to support desired product receipts. May include requests for specification or drawing changes, and attaching additional requirements to item master which will flow out onto the purchase order.
D) Create, initiate, and analyze all Requests for Information (RFI), Request for Quote (RFQ), Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Long Term Agreements (LTA), Pricing or Service Agreements, and other strategic procurement initiatives with suppliers or commodities shared across SSUSA and other SAFRAN companies that meet the commodity and supply base rationalization strategy along with company and corporate cost objectives.
E) Identify and establish a supply base that can support engineering prototype and development work on all new programs.
F) Develop a commodity strategy that identifies which existing suppliers are preferred, essential, or to be de-sourced along with where opportunity suppliers may exist and the strategy to bring them on-board to include government business classifications and keep such records for audit requirements.
G) Analyze commodities and markets for trends in pricing and supply to make recommendations and engage in actions that will protect SSUSA/SAFRAN and improve the supply position without any adverse financial impact.
H) Maintain the Supplier Profile to reflect the latest and most accurate information.

Job requirements

Knowledge and Skills:

Related experience is required; five years of prior purchasing/sourcing experience in positions of progressing responsibility with specific experience managing direct spend of ‘metals' based commodities.
The following are preferred:

  • • Metal Fabrication; specifically, this position is seeking expertise with Machining (screw machining, milling, turning), sheet metal stamping, casting & forging, heavy gauge metal fabrication, and large mechanical assemblies (low volume, highly complex, high cost)
  • • Direct material sourcing & procurement experience utilizing global supply chains for products/components generally comprised of metal (steel, copper, brass, aluminum, and specialty)
  • • Ability to map supply chains and overcome obstacles, both internal and external, by presenting facts to support projects' value to the business. Work with internal stakeholders to overcome objections
  • • Strong background in building strategic relationships with suppliers and internal customers or stakeholders
  • • Ability to work without close supervision; self-directed

Qualification Requirements:

A) Education and Experience:

i) Requires a Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business management or related discipline or 6 years related experience in lieu of Bachelor's level degree to meet the education requirement. OR Requires an Associate's degree in a related business management or related engineering discipline and 3 years related experience in lieu of Bachelor's level degree to meet the education requirement.

ii) In addition to meeting the education requirement, requires an additional 5 years' experience working in aerospace or other low volume and highly design controlled organization in a Supply Chain capacity, or Project Management with Transformation role, with increasing levels of experience/responsibility including global sourcing and contract negotiation for various commodities to include but not limited to raw materials, plastics, formed, stamped, or machined details, soft goods, MRO and service providers, capitol purchases, freight and other products as identified.

iii) CSCP/CPM or other accredited professional certification preferred.

iv) Green Belt Certification preferred.

Complementary description

I) Develop policies and procedures on the preparation of and review of contracts, bids, proposals, and supplier agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability of items to specifications to include payment/shipping terms and other commercial requirements.
J) Develop commodity pricing reduction goals and strategies that are in line with company and corporate targets, product margins, and sales strategies.
K) Conduct on-site technical evaluations/assessments on suppliers and sub-tiers, as necessary, to ensure suppliers have the processes/procedures/systems to meet SSUSA and customer specifications, requirements, and approvals (ASL).
L) Assist in the assignment of supplier status based upon the Safran Status Pyramid and transition of work to preferred suppliers.
M) Work with the SQE function to prevent or resolve quality issues that could impact business growth, disrupt supply chain, and drive supplier development between business units (Gainesville and Chihuahua)
N) Participate in supplier sourcing reviews for new and existing programs together with related sub functions and assist in the development of criteria for RFI/RFQ packages to ensure that all quality elements are covered and contained.
O) Link spend analysis, compliance tracking, sourcing execution, commodity strategy, and supplier performance to ensure greater control and secure savings.
P) Work with applicable sub functions to develop / optimize supplier qualification and assessment criteria.

Specificity of the job

Q) Review monthly supplier performance metrics and work with the SD & SQE sub functions on a strategy and actions for any supplier not meeting the supplier performance criteria for SSUSA.
R) Communicate with the supply base on production rate changes, new program introductions, and business awards to assess their rate readiness and to develop contingency plans if necessary.
S) Participate in program and design reviews as required.
T) Supplier Assessments. (Production Readiness, Compliance, Process etc)
U) Work with SD and SQE to re-source those items for which existing suppliers have become problematic. May include the presentation of different or modified designs to Design Engineering for consideration.
V) Utilize resources across SSUSA/ Safran as necessary to resolve complex issues, and provide project management as required to ensure resolution.
W) Support all SSUSA locations with any supplier or sub-tier issue involving but not limited to quality, deliver, lean activities & events (internal or external) and supplier selection.
X) Assists in the disposal or sale of obsolete and inactive inventory
Y) Able to develop reports/presentations and communicate supplier/commodity status to other SSUSA functions or external customers.
Z) Performs other duties as assigned


~20%, 3-5 days per month, primarily within North America. Limited International travel as appropriate to support commodity strategy.

Company information

Safran Seats

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.

Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.

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