Commodity Buyer in Parsons, KS at Ducommun

Date Posted: 7/10/2018

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Commodity Buyer

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Job Summary & Essential Functions:

This role is responsible for supporting the delivery of commodity materials and services for operation centers/SBU across DCO. This will require strong category/commodity understanding as well as relationship managing skills, negotiating skills & managing multiple projects.

1. Procurement of Commodity Buy:

• Execute commodity strategy with DCO Commodity Director to support each SBU (Strategic Business Unit) and operation center with optimum quality, delivery and cost across assigned products and services.

• Process purchase requisitions and issue purchase orders as required ensuring competitive pricing through negotiation of price and lead-times for operation center specific and unique component.

2. ITAR Compliance:

• Ensure ITAR compliance and control through secured and coded correspondence and designated / approved communication portals.

3. Internal Communication and Collaboration:

• Support and promote company core values of honesty, professionalism, respect, trust and teamwork and utilize the Ducommun Way methodology to achieve objectives.

• Interface with every key functions and levels of the businesses as required.

• Communicate timely and flow down requirements and forward up material issues, delays, status updates, etc. to achieve successful product launches.

4. Data Analysis:

• Manage the sourcing process through detail sourcing analysis, evaluation, negotiation, and award with support and guidance with commodity leader.

• Develop optimal number of suppliers across assigned commodity(s), including appropriate mix of local suppliers to achieve best plant service with flexibility and companywide strategy.

• Create, maintain and benchmark commodity procurement data, benchmark commodity market development information to drive improvement in commodity management.

5. Supplier Management:

• Work diligently with operation supply chain and NPI buyers to assure supplier selections aligning with commodity strategies by commodity.

• Maintain and manage existing supply agreements with key suppliers, assist in negotiating price, quality, and delivery expectations on both short-term and longer-term agreements.

• Lead supplier development along with commodity strategy to have complete documents including but not limited to Ducommun NDA, Terms and Conditions, support commodity leaders in LTA preparation and negotiation.

• Support supplier quality engineer in strategic supplier assessment for capacity, audit, and engineering.

• Manage direct engagement with suppliers and internal functional teams to drive implementation of the supply strategy and ensure success of the supply chain.

• Work with operation supply chain to drive and execute supplier scorecards and review with key suppliers at quarterly basis.

• Support escalated supplier issues in terms of delivery, quality and COPQ by working with operation supply chain and lead issue resolution.

• Invoice Query Resolution - ensure timely action to ensure payments are efficient and Suppliers do not hold accounts, cease supply.

6. Performance Tracking and Measurement:

• Support development and implementation of plans with cross functional partners to meet annual goals which include supplier strategy, productivity/cost-reduction, lead-time reductions, consignment/Kanban implementation, PPV (Purchase Price Variance), inventory reduction, working capital improvement, supplier quality along with AOP (Annual Operating Plan) KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

• Support achieving the overall category targets and objectives to attain overall budget performance as well as expected internal/external performance for best quality, delivery and cost.

• Establish and execute goals, improvement plans, service levels, business reviews and monthly reporting in consultation with commodity leader and key business stakeholders.

7. Continuous Improvement:

• Drive & innovate supplier improvements and performance by identifying and implementing solutions to business problems, and cross-functional within assigned categories.

• Drive continuous improvement in all aspects of procurement (e.g.: supplier improvements; procure to pay process improvements; recommend new sources of supply).

• Drive cost reduction initiatives with suppliers within commodity area.

• Support development of standardization, guidelines, and policy compliance requirements across category level.

Skills & Qualifications


Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the outlined experience level, education, training, minimum years of experience, product or industry knowledge plus any certifications in order to be considered.

• Bachelor degree, or equivalent experience, in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or other related degree. MBA or other Master's degree preferred with emphasis in operations and supply chain.

• 5 years of experience in strategic sourcing or related field.

• Minimum 2 years of experience with new product introductions in a manufacturing setting. Aerospace or Electronic Component manufacturing experience desired.

• Minimum 2 years of experience in Procurement and Aerospace regulations.

• Minimum 3 years of working experience with QS/ISO, ERP, or MRP environment and culture.

• Previous experience in high-mix and low volume manufacturing business.

• Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification preferred.

• Knowledge of engineering, production and process techniques such as lean and continuous development.

• Intermediate to advanced skills in Excel, Power Point, and Systems Database/Query Capability.

• CPM. CSM or CPSM preferred.

• APICS certification preferred.


3333 Main Street
Parsons, Kansas, 67357
United States

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