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Program Purchasing Manager

Supply chain Gainesville , Texas , United States Permanent Full-time Bachelor's Degree More than 5 years

Job Description

1) Occupational Summary:

To support Safran Seats USA and their customers with a strategic global supply base that delivers products and services on-time, with 100% quality, in the quantity required and at the best value. The Program Purchasing Manager (PPM) will work within Safran policies to leverage or create processes that support early supplier engagement on Programs and fosters an environment that promotes technological and commercial cooperation.

The PPM will represent the Purchasing department and promote the Purchasing process within the Integrated Program Team (IPT). The individual will also represent the IPT within the Purchasing department. The PPM will work to facilitate the optimum conditions of sourcing in terms of total cost (direct & indirect costs, quality and deadline), for all the life-cycle stages of the Program.

Output will drive activities required to meet cost, quality, inventory, delivery, and cycle time objectives throughout the supply chain value stream.

2) Duties and Responsibilities (essential functions):
Pre-project and preparation for future phase
A) Assist the Program in responses to customer RFIs and RFQs (standard cost structure, offer review, bid/no-bid).
B) Coordinate the technological improvement actions for the purchased parts, while seeking
Innovative ideas from suppliers.
C) Represent Purchasing in situations where a program team is being put in place to deal specifically with Research & Technology (R&T) programs and pre-project platforms.
D) Provide proactive support in the development and implementation of the Program Plan.
E) Drive the implementation by the Purchasing Department of the applicable Engineering related actions with suppliers, in compliance with the Development plan.
F) Oversee the requirements definition and responsibility matrix for each purchasing requirement whether it be internal or external to drive timely purchasing activity.
G) He/she will ensure compliance with the objectives, orientations and constraints of the Program, along with adherence to Purchasing policy and product strategies.
H) Provide, in consultation with the Legal department and whenever necessary, support to ensure the integration of program requirements in the purchasing contracts.
I) Develop and manage the Program Purchasing plan, to include where applicable; Program purchased part requirements, objectives on cost, right-to-left planning with the IPT, key purchasing milestones tied to program milestones and Supplier Selection in coordination with Commodity Managers. Coordinate activities and collaborate with applicable parties to mitigate any identified risks; especially schedule clashes within the Program Purchasing plan.
J) Additionally, the PPM must be able to develop and present reports and presentations to customers and key stakeholders.

Complementary Description

Functional missions linked to the program concerned
A) Participate as a permanent member of the Program Management Team.
B) Coordinate the planning of the Supplier Selection Teams, assist Commodity Managers & Buyers with their preparations when required (e.g. issues, complexity, etc.).
C) Maintain a Rolling Action Item List in support of the Program Purchasing Plan and drive the necessary actions in the event of changes with an impact on the program.

Job Requirements

A) Knowledge and Skills:
• Knowledge of the development and production processes
• Experience in Project Management
• Cross-functional Management
• Understand the technical environment and customer's expectations
• Analysis of economic performance
• Fundamentals of negotiation

B) Qualities
• Highly organized rigorous and goal oriented
• Energetic, enthusiastic and strong ability to effectively manage stress
• Strength of conviction
• Problem Solving
• Analytically and synthetically minded
• Tenacity

C) Education and Experience:


• A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business or other related field is required; or six (6) years related experience working in one of these fields in lieu of a Bachelor's level degree to meet the education requirement.
• Additionally, Six (6) years of experience in Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics or Purchasing.


• Project Management Professional (PMP), CSCP/CPM or other accredited professional Certifications
• Green Belt Certification

4) Physical Demands:

This position requires extended periods of sitting while working with computers and viewing computer monitors and other office equipment. Finger dexterity needed in using misc. office equipment such as telephone, computer and copy machine, etc. Bending, stooping, reaching, and lifting up to approximately twenty pounds are required during tasks related to the job.

Facility tours (both at supplier sites and internally) will require the appropriate degree of mobility.

Specificity of the job

10-15 percent internationally

Locate your future workplace

2000 Weber Dr TX 76240


Texas United States

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15,3 billion euros in 2021 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and innovation roadmap.

Safran was ranked as the world's third best employer in its sector by Forbes magazine in 2021.

Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.

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