Commodity Manager
Cobham - Lowell, MA

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Commodity Manager, Aerospace/Defense Electronics

Lowell, MA

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values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.


is seeking a

Commodity Manager

to assume a key supply chain leadership position that involves collaborating across multiple departments and divisions in order to improve the supplier management practices of the organization.

The role is responsible for identifying and implementing strategic procurement goals and objectives across in the business unit as well as the performance of specific commodities and suppliers associated with those commodities.

The selected candidate will make 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) certification.

About 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


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. Please visit.

Develops and implements commodity strategies: lead the procurement team to develop commodity strategies; develops commodity specific suppliers based on performance (Quality, Service, Technology, and Price); and follows corporate strategic procurement strategies

Leads the team in negotiations for lowest total cost of ownership for commodities under purview. Responsible for supplier relationship, negotiating pricing and terms and conditions with commodity supplier

Works collaboratively with commodity managers throughout Cobham to ensure joint effort and maximize efficiencies and cost controls

Perform supplier workshops as required to share scorecard performance and discuss areas for improvement with technical teams. Identifies and implements cost reduction opportunities with suppliers

Optimize commodity spending and provide minimum target annual savings through cost reductions, cost avoidance and operational improvements

Implement and manage long term price agreements on key and critical components

Negotiates and executes critical, complex, high-value awards either in conjunction with a buyer or independently; determine the commodity responsibility

Ensures buyers compliance with Small Business Administration and Department of Defense regulations in procurement activities, including outreach efforts to small and disadvantaged suppliers

Commodities may include Printed Circuit Board Assemblies, Machining, Electro Mechanical Assemblies, Cable & waveguide or other manufacturing related components as assigned

Coordinate supply chain activities with manufacturing & engineering departments to acquire material in a cost effective and timely manner for target commodity

Recommend cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing based on industry benchmarking, trends, and direction

Maintain knowledge of emerging technologies and business trends and incorporate into the strategic sourcing plan, where appropriate; evaluate price trends, market trends, and manufacturing process that impact overall commodity performance

Develop full-scale project plans and associated communication documents; estimate resource and budget requirements to achieve project goals; establish and proactively manage project expectations with team members and stake holders

Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree

5+ years experience in supply chain

Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Project

5+ years experience with BOM structures

Written and verbal communication skills with ability to effectively communicate with all levels in an organization

2+ years experience utilizing DFAR, ITAR, Counterfeit materials

2+ years experience utilizing Total Cost Analysis, Project Management Methodologies, Kaizan, and Lean Manufacturing practices

Ability to obtain Security Clearance

Selected applicant may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information

Electronic components or Aerospace & Defense industry experience

US Citizen

Desired Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Purchasing, Materials, Supply Chain, Industrial Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering

Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM); or Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); or The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

SAP or Oracle experience

Experience utilizing AS9102, RCPS, conflict minerals & NADCAP requirements

Active Secret Clearance

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population (M/F/D/V).

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Supply Chain

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Cobham Defence Electronic Systems Lowell




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