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Buyer- Seating Operations


Winston Salem, NC, US

Requisition ID:  471236

Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.


At Collins Aerospace, our Interiors team is focused on innovation, safety and cost efficiency. But we don’t just get people from point A to point B. We’re committed to making air travel more comfortable, connected and secure. As a leader in aviation interior products and services, we’re helping airlines and original equipment manufacturers create a positive experience for their customers. With offices and manufacturing facilities in more than 12 states across the U.S. and more than 10 countries around the globe, we’re changing the game of aircraft interiors. Are you ready to join our team?


As a leader in the aerospace industry, we are growing rapidly and have a number of exciting positions available right now, including a Buyer in our Seating Operations - Fairchild business located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.





The Buyer purchases merchandise, materials, components, equipment, and/or services.




  • Purchases materials, parts, supplies, and equipment following established purchasing policies and procedures.  Optimizes price, delivery, and terms; typically purchases $5-$10 million per year of products and services; purchases complex items where detailed specification is involved
  • Develops specifications and analysis to balance the value of competing bids; guided by established policy and with minimum supervision.  Executes broad assignments usually involving the purchase of important and critical items requiring extensive or specialized knowledge and experience
  • Solicits bids and quotations; reviews and negotiates purchase contacts for major commitments;

            analyzes and evaluates bids to determine optimum value; selects suppliers, issues purchase orders, follows up, and expedites as necessary; evaluates vendor reliability

  • Develops new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate
  • Negotiates contracts where losses, occurring through errors in judgment, would seriously impact company operations
  • Discusses defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action
  • Negotiates service contracts and approves extra work claims
  • Conducts value analysis studies
  • Performs other related duties as required



  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university; and seven plus years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with MRP system.  
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in a highly regulated industry, especially aerospace.
  • Strong business acumen and knowledge of labor market conditions.
  • Well organized with solid judgment; able to multitask and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Desire to identify continuous improvement opportunities and lead projects to make improvements to processes, procedures, etc.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Bill of Materials (BOM) Structure Strong experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, SAP and JD Edwards MRP system.





 EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Winston-Salem

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