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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and DUTIES:

Monitor the addition of new customer requirements and work to ensure timely release of purchase requisition to provide program support. Evaluate current programs to verify that they are being fully supported by evaluating ERP signals, EML and quality issues.
Determine material requirements and schedule the ordering thereof; source, negotiate and execute awards at the best value to the organization and on a timely basis to support production schedule.
Flag production impacts and escalate resolution through appropriate support and management personnel; communicate program impact to appropriate departments.
Create purchase requisitions and purchase orders for accuracy and conformance with established policies and procedures.
Obtain quotations from Suppliers, including all alternate sources, to establish competition and to help minimize material shortages and stock outages. Document competitive bidding.
Expedite purchase orders if necessary; notify department of the expected delivery date and follow up on back orders.
Negotiate and execute semi-critical, fairly complex, medium value awards; manage price increase situations and cost improvement initiatives with the team; drive all elements of the procurement process with Suppliers resulting in the best value for Cobham.
Resolve receiving discrepancies; coordinate Return to Vendor (RTV) and reconcile finance issues (incorrect invoices).
Evaluate Suppliers seeking to establish relationship with the firm; review materials presented and recommend whether the vendor deserves further consideration.
Participate in supplier visits, audits, and performance management conference calls when necessary; in collaboration with the Commodity Managers and Quality Assurance. Provide feedback to support the Supplier Score Card, in order to elevate or maintain expectations of supplier’s excellence in delivery.
Support and address KPI matrix and report outs.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
The statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all essential functions, duties and skills required of personnel. Management retains the discretion to add or change the duties at any time
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience/Education: Three (3) years of experience in material control, purchasing or related field. Government procurement experience preferred. Bachelor Degree required;
Communication skills: ability to read, interpret and comprehend complex written and verbal instructions as well as technical publications; communicate across organizational levels; ability to read and interpret a Supplier’s quote;
Math skills: ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs;
Computer skills: working in a networked environment using a Windows and/or Windows like interface using Power Point, Excel and Word software programs at an intermediate level; ability to use Enterprise-wide (ERP and MRP) systems such as SAP;
Analytical skills: review and compare data to identify inconsistencies and determine priorities; Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables;

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