Air Astana, an award-winning scheduled airline operating an extensive domestic and international route network, is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Technical Vendor Manager, to be based at their headquarters in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Reporting to the Director Technical Asset Management, the Technical Vendor Manager will be responsible for ensuring that technical vendors are managed effectively by contract owners throughout the contract life cycle. From the launch of initial RFP’s and contract negotiations, the Technical Vendor Manager will enforce optimal contractual conditions and will ensure optimal performance of the vendor throughout the contract term, both technical and financial.
The Technical Vendor Manager will monitor compliance of technical contracts with company requirements and processes by liaising with appropriate technical contract owners, engineering finance, procurement and all necessary departments. Major technical contracts will include C-check MRO, Aircraft Painting, Aircraft Major Modifications, Powerplant MRO, Powerplant leasing, Landing Gear MRO, Nacelle MRO, Parts Pool contracts, etc.
Develop a technical vendor management process to enhance vendor performance throughout the life cycle of a contract, from RFP until its expiry to ensure efficient contract management and optimal cost savings.
Coach, mentor and enforce this process accordingly.
In accordance with Continued Airworthiness regulation, control a central register of technical contracts, ensuring contract owners initiate timely RFP’s and that essential airworthiness contracts remain valid and compliant.
Maintain RFP and contract negotiations to an agreed schedule and complete contract signing by the target date, without costly overruns.
Coordinate closely with Technical Procurement to ensure timely compliance with all procurement requirements.
After contract signing, monitor the vendor’s performance against the contractual obligations and coordinate appropriate actions with technical contract owners to resolve underperformance and mitigate any financial impact to the company.
Interface with Engineering Finance to ensure that in-service commercial performance is optimal, by thorough financial analysis of RFP options, contractual terms and ongoing vendor performance.
Supervise the preparation of warranty and compensation claims.
Preferably having an aircraft technical background and worked within an airline engineering or maintenance department for a minimum of three years. The ideal candidate will have good technical knowledge and commercially driven financial aptitude.
Should have experience of reviewing and negotiating technical contracts.
Able to focus on best results and cost optimisation.
The successful applicant will be a confident communicator and able to drive others to meet tight deadlines in a collaborative manner that develops harmony across departmental barriers.
Must have good organisational skills, be able to prioritise, self-motivate and work with minimal supervision.
Will be able to fluently read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
A competitive salary and benefits package reflective of experience, awaits the successful candidate for this exciting and challenging role.