A career with CAES is more than just a job; it is the pathway to a
Are you searching for a career with a company that offers
challenging, diverse projects and opportunities? Are you
looking for a position with a company that is growing and able to
offer long-term professional advancement? Searching for
a company that values a friendly work environment and that values
YOU? Then look no further!! Consider Cobham.
We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a
technologically advanced electronics company employing more than
3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide.
We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to
the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in spanning defense,
aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.
Supply chain leadership position, involves collaborating across
multiple departments and divisions in order to improve the supplier
management practices of the organization. Position is responsible
for identifying and implementing strategic procurement goals and
objectives across the business unit. Individual will own the
performance of specific commodities and suppliers who provide those
components. Activity to cover existing purchased parts as well as
evaluation of current in-house made parts for Make/Buy decisions to
support capacity, program support and/or cost goals. Requires
an ability to build positive relationships with key suppliers while
leveraging these relationships to improve supplier quality, costs,
service, and preserve Department of Defense (DOD)
Essential Functions and Duties:
- Develops and implements commodity strategies: leads the team
to develop commodity strategies; develops commodity specific
suppliers based on performance (Quality, Service, Technology,
and Price); and follows strategies outlined.
- Leads the team in negotiations for lowest upfront cost for
commodities owned: responsible for supplier relationship &
negotiating pricing and terms with commodity supplier; meets
with suppliers on ongoing basis to share scorecard performance
and discuss areas for improvement; identifies/closes cost
reduction opportunities with suppliers; discusses/closes cost
reduction ideas with suppliers generated from workshops and/or
suggestions; and maintains performance management system and
drives ideas to closure.
- Manages price increase situations and cost improvement
initiatives with the team: establish multi-year agreements to
lock in pricing; re-negotiates contracts when necessary in cases
of price increases; and develops alternative plans if necessary.
- Negotiates and executes critical, complex, high-value awards
either in conjunction with a buyer or independently; determine
the commodity responsibility.
- Participates in Make/Buy determinations for existing
production, engineering programs and new business awards
- Ensures buyers compliance with Small Business Administration
and Department of Defense regulations in procurement activities,
including outreach efforts to disadvantaged suppliers.
- Coordinates, schedules and facilitates as applicable Lean/Six
Sigma activities for own work area as well as for other areas to
enhance cross-functional problems solving; utilize Company tool
champions as appropriate for more significant lean events.
- Develops, tracks and reports visual metrics, including KPI’s
for area; react to metrics by identifying and solving problems,
making improvements and advancing process control. Participate
in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and
- Ensure 5S is adhered to and sustained within work area.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Employees are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work
environment. Employees are responsible for cooperating with all
aspects of the safety program. All employees are expected to
demonstrate proper safety behaviors, including reporting any
unsafe conditions or safety violations to a supervisor or
manager. Employees are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining
the Cobham goal of zero accidents and injuries.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
•Eight to ten years of specific buying, cost reduction, strategic sourcing and/or total cost of ownership management experience preferably in a manufacturing environment
•BA/BS Degree, in Business Management, Supply Chain or related field
•Strong knowledge using Microsoft office applications Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and ability to learn new corporate systems.
•Required to obtain and maintain a security clearance which requires US citizenship.
•Master of Business Administration (MBA) a plus.
•Ability to use Enterprise-wide (ERP) Previous SAP or Oracle experiences a plus.
•2 years leadership experience a plus
•Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM); or
•Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); or
•The Institute for Supply Management (ISM), preferred
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of
Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global
leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the
insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective
future. Innovators like you!
If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we
encourage you to apply. We are unable to sponsor work
visas. U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a
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
The EEO is the Law poster is available here and the poster supplement is available here.
The Pay Transparency Policy is available here.
Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with
and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a
disability for any part of the employment process, please send an
e-mail to CAEScareers@cobham.com and let us
know the nature of your request and your contact information.