Senior Buyer


GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 51 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. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.

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. In this function you will start at our location in Helmond, later on you will be stationed at location Papendrecht.


About the opportunity

For our Site Procurement team in Helmond/Papendrecht we are looking for a Senior Buyer. The primary scope for this role will be local indirect spend, for example:
–    Technical supplies
–    Tooling
–    Engineering & testing services
–    Capex < 100k Euros
For site specific needs you lead the sourcing process, you implement the contracts, you ensure compliance, and you realize continuous improvements internally and externally to strengthen the supplier performance to our site.
Further, you collaborate with the global commodity organization during the sourcing activities to stay aligned with global strategy and identify opportinities to strengthen GKN’s overall leverage.
Of course, where available you act under existing corporate contracts.
Depending on further developments, direct spend responsibilities may be added as secondary scope.


In this role you have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Senior Buyer geographical area normally a larger site or oversight of a cluster of smaller sites
  • Responsible for reporting procurement activity and site reviews for the geographical area under his / her responsibility
  • Responsible for the geographical area interface between programme and commodity management for new sourcing and change programmes in line with the group commodity strategy
  • Support commodity managers for the geographic region supplier selection RFQ / RFP with the use of E-Sourcing tools
  • Support parts / supplier transfers and industrialisation (Major transfers)
  • Responsible for parts / supplier transfers and industrialisation (Minor transfers) through to FAI
  • Drive implementation of global / regional agreements within geographic area
  • Responsible for the transfer of parts from PO to Schedule including the negotiation of moving from Schedule to consignment / DLF etc
  • Responsible for all PO demands placed upon suppliers to ensure that Key Objectives of cost, quality and delivery are secured
  • Responsible for site procurement change control, export control and ITAR
  • Responsible for the delivery / maintenance / Integrity of site BOM
  • Responsible for ensuring item / contract data is updated and maintained
  • Responsible for the flow down of enabled customer materials, pricing and skyline forecasts to Suppliers
  • Responsible for developing and supporting site cost reduction opportunities and supplier development plans in-line with business requirements.
  • Responsible for supplier risk including use of rate readiness templates and awareness of Dunn & Bradstreet for financials
  • Responsible for Managing Raw Material Inventory levels for Purchase Order parts in line with programme targets and start dates.
  • Responsible for the resolution of Invoice queries related to pricing
  • Be an escalation point for any cost / contractual issues with Suppliers working with commodity management where further escalation is required.


In order to optimally fulfill this role, we require the following:

  • College degree level as a minimum
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience within Sourcing and Supplier Performance Management
  • Ability to build relationships to drive operational excellence
  • LEAN certification & mindset (i.e. green belt, black belt or equivalent)
  • A track record of leadership behavior to (indirectly) lead cross functional teams.
  • Proficient in English language.
  • Core competencies: Analytical ability, Decisiveness, Customer focus, Environmental awareness, Organizational sensitivity, Planning and organization.

Our 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. Within GKN you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development.

  • A good salary in grade L2 with a maximum of EUR 5700,-  based on knowledge and experience
  • A lot of changes to build upon your career and personal development
  • Besides a good salary we also have some nice secondary job conditions like 27 annual leave days and 13 ADV days a year. Plus travel allowance in case you have to drive more than 10 km.

For further information please contact Michiel Daamen, 06-29422744

Dienstverband: Vast
Uren: Full-Time
Opleidingsniveau: HBO/WO
Carriereniveau: Senior
Trefwoorden: Senior Buyer, Continuous Improvement, Lean, Purchaser, Aerospace