Category Procurement Manager HR

About Us

GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Role purpose

  • Development and implement commodity strategies that leverage GKN Aerospace’s spend to deliver significant annual improvements in cost and service levels.
  • Implementation & Management of corporate contracts at regional & global reach for GKN Aerospace.
  • Coordinating implementation of contracts through the P2P function at sites and manage compliance.
  • Manage cross-functional stakeholder teams to identify business needs and implement contracts that support business requirements.


  • Function as a trusted business partner supporting Category’s internal customers to fulfil their strategic requirements (cost, performance, quality, sustainability).
  • Accountable for delivery of the targeted savings by business line and/or central function identified to improve bottom line profitability of GKN Aerospace.
  • Develop and implement the strategy for Commodity procurement for areas of responsibility (to be documented and published to stakeholders).
  • Develop & Lead stakeholder teams based across multiple countries to deliver improvements in contracts for GKN Aerospace.
  • Work with all layers of GKN Aerospace organisation to communicate and gain buy in/ support to commodity strategies.
  • Provide analysis & information to senior management on plans and benefits of actions.
  • Lead key negotiation activities with senior level representatives of suppliers to deliver benefits to business.
  • Development of a consistent approach/strategy to indirect materials commodities.
  • Establish data/fact driven analysis of potential opportunities for procurement activities.
  • Manage Requests for Proposal / Auction activities within commodities across GKN Aerospace.
  • Monitor compliance of sites to contract and take remedial actions as required.
  • Develop commodity budgets / forecasts & liaise with sites to embed locally.
  • Implement and Manage Standardised Business Review Process within areas of responsibility


  • Proven ability to steer the long-term direction of HR related procurement and category management, aligning initiatives with the firm’s strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of procurement activities within commodities of responsibility (o.a. temporary labour, arbo-services, travel and car lease.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of supply markets for relevant commodities.
  • Proven leadership skills; especially influencing skills.
  • Ability to work with senior management as a peer to gain their support for delivery of commodity management strategy and contract implementation.
  • Ability to influence other stakeholders to contribute to the development and execution of commodity strategies.
  • Extensive negotiation experience & skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Ability to empower others / lead with integrity, passion and humility


  • Ability to create and lead remote teams to undertake sourcing / implementation activities.
  • Ability to engage stakeholders across other business lines / functions / regions / sites.
  • Project management capabilities.
  • Experience of working within a cross site cross function environment.
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo to find benefits / opportunities.
  • Globally operating manufacturing industry experience preferred.

What do we offer

An innovative and international environment in which we work in a High Tech organization with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction.

  • You will be working in an international environment with a local culture with the following package:
  • Eligible for a bonus scheme (WAU)
  • Attractive pension.
  • 42 days off. A flexible home working policy where you can work from home a few days a week.
  • Informal atmosphere in a dynamic and ambitious department.
  • Unique opportunity to work for a market leader.
  • You really have the impact on our mission in the Aerospace industry to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky.


For further information, please get in touch with Michiel Daamen via 06-29422744

Dienstverband: Vast
Uren: Full-Time
Opleidingsniveau: HBO/WO
Carriereniveau: Senior
Trefwoorden: Commodity Strategies, Contracts, Aerospace, Inkoop, Long-Term Strategy