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Buyer/Planner III
San Diego-CA-US 



Key Responsibilities:

  • Determine material requirements and schedule the ordering thereof; source, negotiate and execute awards for direct material, indirect material and capital equipment at the best value to the organization and on a timely basis to support production schedule.

  • 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.

  • 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 oral and/or written quotations from Suppliers; document competitive bidding.

  • Expedite purchase orders if necessary; notify department of the expected delivery date and follow up on back orders.

  • Negotiate and execute critical, complex, high-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.

  • Interface with external suppliers and internal clients including Value Stream, Manufacturing and Engineering.

  • Produce material status reports for program reviews and performance base payments as required by program management.

  • Represent/support the department in daily huddles and GEMBA with material status updates.

  • Negotiate and execute purchase orders and/or contracts; follow-up and expedite late and pending orders; resolve receiving discrepancies; coordinate Return to Vendor (RTV) and reconcile finance issues (incorrect invoices).

  • Search out alternate Suppliers to establish competition and to help minimize material shortages and stock outages.

  • Meet with 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 Report Card, in order to elevate or maintain corporate expectations of supplier’s excellence in delivery.

  • Populate an up-to-date system on pricing and Suppliers to ensure immediate and accurate access to information in the ERP system.

  • Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices.

  • Improve and maintain 5S in your area; make suggestions for improvements.

  • Participate in Lean/Six Sigma activities in own work area as well as events for other areas to enhance cross-functional problem solving.

  • Support and address KPI matrix and report outs.

  • Collaborate in team meetings and activities, including Self Evaluation Team support as appropriate


Minimum Requirements:

  • Associates degree

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in material planning and purchasing in a manufacturing environment.

  • Experience in MS PowerPoint, Word & Excel

  • This position requires access to technology, materials, software or hardware that is controlled by export laws of the US.  In order to be eligible you must be either a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Aerospace/Defense procurement experience

  • SAP experience

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)

  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

  • Certification from The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)


Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.


Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.


Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.