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Safran USA/Canada
Location: California
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Sales & Purchasing
Category: Buyer
General information


Safran is an international high-technology group and tier-1 supplier of systems and equipment in the Aerospace and Defense markets. Operating worldwide, Safran has nearly 58,000 employees and generated sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2016. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and its share is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices

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Safran Electronics & Defense is a world leader in the supply of solutions and services in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and military markets. Safran Electronics & Defense is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems used in air, land and naval applications. It is also No. 1 worldwide in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating worldwide, Safran Electronics & Defense employs 7,600 people in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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Job details

Main domain/Job field

Support functions - Purchasing

Job title


Employment type

Regular Full time

Professional category

Administrative staff

Part time / Full time


Job description

1)Summary of Job Purpose:

-Procure, at minimum total cost, the necessary materials, components and/or sub-assemblies to manufacture saleable products.
-Negotiate for and procure a variety of assigned commodities including those which are non-standard or of a technical nature.
-Develop suppliers to meet our delivery, cost and quality requirements while maintaining assigned inventory levels.

2)Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Evaluating prices, specifications, and delivery dates and award contract to bidders or place orders with suppliers.
-Preparing purchasing documentation and verifying nomenclature and specifications of purchasing requisitions.
-Developing expertise on procurement of commodities related to integrated cockpit solutions products and components that support Aerospace requirements.
-Implementing continuous replenishment strategies with assigned suppliers.
-Executing supplier rationalization plans and support transition to existing and/or new suppliers.
-Supporting negotiation and execution of commercial agreement to reach lowest total cost including terms to mitigate economic and currency fluctuations as appropriate for assigned commodities (e.g., long-term agreements, make/buy, market tests, etc.).
-Supporting, and when required leading, cost reduction projects and improvement initiatives to achieve overall business objectives.
-Updating and maintaining purchase orders in Materials Resource Planning (MRP) system for changes in design and delivery requirements.
-Balancing current and future demand requirements with supplier capabilities / capacities to ensure on-time delivery of purchased parts.
-Analyzing data, including enterprise requirements, planning information, and prepare reports as needed to facilitate and recommend actions to ensure optimal supply chain execution.
-Evaluating supplier performance requirements including quality, cost and timing expectations.
-Working with vendors for improved delivery, quality, lead time, and price performance. Evaluating these metrics with the critical suppliers regularly.
-Complying with plant safety procedures to ensure a safe environment.
-Improving internal and external customer satisfaction.
-Complying with Supply Chain and Purchasing procedures and Quality System requirements

Travel specifictity

No relocation benefit is offered for this position.

Candidate skills & requirements

3)Required Competencies:

Education / Experience:
-Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
-Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
-This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. green card holder), political asylee or refugee

Skills and Abilities:

-The position requires a working knowledge of commodities purchased, supply sources, contracting methods and strategies, and Company products and components.
-Capacity to logically solve problems and manage projects by utilizing a data-driven, detail-oriented, approach.
-Analytical ability to prepare supplier performance reports, cost/price analyses, and other performance measures.
-Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate effectively.
-Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to participate in and/or lead a cross-functional team.
-Proven use of negotiation techniques and tactics.
-Possess ability to drive for results, hold self and others accountable, and continuously improve.
-Should have a working knowledge of FAR/DFAR U.S. Government procurement procedures.
-Proficient user of computers and computer software.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Previous work and/or internship experience in Supply Chain Management
-CPSM or CPM certification, preferred
-Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software
-Familiarity/experience with lean manufacturing, Kaizen events, and continuous improvement techniques (e.g., RCCA, Six Sigma methodology)
-Working knowledge of AS9100, ISO-9001
-Use of and deployment of electronic data interchange procurement and continuous replenishment methods
-Bachelor's degree in business or engineering from an accredited institution
-Only applicants within a 50 mile radius will be considered.

4)Physical Requirements :

-While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
-The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
-The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
-May be required to travel to the customer's base or any other location relevant to the correct execution of the contract and company's commitment (e.g. key supplier, partner).

Job location

Job location

North America, United States, California

City (-ies)

Costa Mesa

Candidate criteria

Minimum education level achieved

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum experience level required

More than 3 years

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