US-California-San Diego
Date Posted
24 Feb 2020

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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.  #peoplefocusedmissiondriven #everymissionmatters

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) certification. 

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 practices.
  • 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.

•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

About Us:
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 Security Clearance.

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.

Employment Transparency:
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 applicants.

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  and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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