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Strategic Buyer


Winston Salem, NC, US

Requisition ID:  470538

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?



With a global installed base of 1 million passenger seats, the Aftermarket Services business offers a comprehensive aftermarket service to our customers.  These services include spare parts supply and repair services across all classes of seat whether it is Super First Class, Business Class or Economy Class.


As a leader in the aerospace industry, we have a number of exciting positions available right now, including a Strategic Buyer in our Aftermarket Services business located in Winston-Salem, NC.



  • Purchases materials, parts, supplies, and equipment following established purchasing policies and procedures and optimizes price, delivery, and terms; typically manages suppliers with $5-$10 million per year of products and services; purchases complex items where detailed specification is involved.
  • This seasoned-level position is involved in developing specifications and requires analysis to balance the value of competing bids; guided by established policy and with minimum supervision, carries out broad assignments usually involving the purchase of important and critical items requiring extensive or specialized knowledge and experience.
  • Investigates and identifies qualified suppliers; issues requests for quotations; may evaluate vendor reliability.
  • Works with supplier representatives regarding specifications, costs, inspection, and similar problems relating to parts and equipment.
  • Monitors open order status for assigned suppliers and works to eliminate past due orders. Works with suppliers to ensure recovery plans are in place and being followed for past due orders.  Recognizes and escalates problems on a timely basis.
  • Maintains detailed supplier performance data for delivery results.  Analyzes and evaluates supplier performance as input to Leadership Team. Communicates supplier performance data to suppliers.
  • Works to drive continuous improvement in quality and delivery; includes requesting and follow-up on formal corrective actions and recovery plans.
  • Reviews, approves and issues purchase requisitions; follows up and expedites as necessary.
  • Selects products for purchase by testing, observing, or examining items; estimates values according to knowledge of market price.
  • Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing and engineering departments to maintain inventory at planned levels.
  • Monitors market trends and conditions.
  • Provides guidance and training other Buyers.
  • Performs other related duties as required



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily, as well as:.

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college or university.
  • Eight years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
  • Exhibits the capacity to analyze data for trends and root cause analysis and present findings/recommendations to Leadership team.
  • Coordinating – Exerts consistent effort to ensure that all necessary information is supported internally and externally.
  • Dependability – Exerts consistent effort to provide quality results that are focused on the bottom-line.
  • Drive – Demonstrates high energy and optimism when working on all projects.
  • Ability to make quick and well-informed decisions, even under high pressure situations.
  • Time Management – Keeps self and others focused on the priorities for the day.

 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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